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Category Archives: Biblical Feasts

The sounds of the shofar reinforce G-d’s call to us


The feasts of Israel In the months of September and October of this year 2019 the biblical fall feasts will be celebrated again. They come back every year. And it looks like we just celebrated them last week. Because time goes fast and we have the assignment to make the best of the time given...
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Introducing the G-d of Torah


A very interesting Jewish scholar is the historian Dennis Prager who has written a book in which he also analyzes the Torah in a rational way. (see below). Moshe Dann writes about this book in the Jerusalem Post of June 10, 2019 citing Prager: “The God introduced in the Torah is the first God in...
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Rosh Hashanah and creation


5774 years ago, God created the heavens and the earth on Rosh Hashanah. Exactly what happened is still largely to me a mystery, but I understand that `the Firstborn” (= Messiah Yeshua) had a significant share in here. “Bereshit bara Elohim et haSjamajiem ve-et haArets”, the first sentence of the Tanakh, namely means except ‘in (a)...
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Pesach: reliving our deliverance


by Elze Erwteman The time of preparation for Passover has come again. A time of reflection and calibrate our faith. The rabbis describe the midwives in the days of Israel in Egypt in an interesting and engaging way. They explain the text and give us an fresh interpretation, “the king of Egypt summoned the midwives...
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Pesach: a call to being vulnerable


Bibian Mentel is the winner of two gold medals for snowboarding in the Olympics. A strong woman, operated nine times for cancer. She had to miss her leg, and underwent seventy-two times radiotherapy. Her mother said to her; if she put a dark face, “I’d rather see your sunny face”. This was not a remark...
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Hanukkah: tragedy and victory


The Greek emperor Antiochus IV (215-164 BCE) forced the Greek religion oppressively upon Israel. This meant: kosher slaughter was forbidden, circumcision of the Jewish baby boys was forbidden, and observing Shabbat was forbidden. Exactly those matters which are still forbidden with aversion and disapproval by some political and spiritual leaders in Holland toward Jews, among...
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Hanukkah and the Messiah


Hanukkah and the Messiah These days we again celebrate Hanukkah and thus commemorate the courageous struggle of the Maccabees against the regime of Syrian-Greek king Antiochus Epiphanes. This ruler wanted the Hellenistic culture to impose on the inhabitants of the land of Judaea, and forbade all commands that Adonai had commanded, and vice versa: The...
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Purim, Feast of Victory


Purim, Feast of Victory by Cisca Mudde The book of Esther is read around the world during the celebration of Purim in the synagogues. Often, there is also a Purim spiel carried out by members of the communities in which the battle is depicted that took place in Persia at that time. Often there will...
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Cootje’s apple pie for Rosh HaShanah


On Rosh HaShanah, Jewish New Year in the synagogue the Shofar – the ramshorn is blown with the deep impressive sounds. Then I close my eyes because I like to keep them in my heart forever. After this service we eat apple with honey and the sweet round challa bread, honey cake, apple pie and...
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A great miracle happened there


This week we are going to celebrate Hanukkah, Feast of lights. In our congregation all sorts of preparations are made ​​for an extra festive gathering. The children again make a contribution and I heard them  practice songs and drama. There are baked goods in oil like soefganiot (sort of Berliner dumplings with jam) and other baked...
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