Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Children Get It: Passing Down our Beliefs to our Children

Pesach is now over, and we are now in the process of counting the Omer. My Pesach dishes have been put away and most things used put back into a storage container labeled with the feast's name with a black permanent marker. Much time and energy were invested in preparing for the feast to the last detail. New dishes were purchased which was a whole ordeal in itself, as I had to make several trips back to the store to get the right match and take back a set with a broken bowl. We changed our kitchen drapes to a gold and white combination for the special occasion, to go along with the table settings and tablecloths. Everything was beautiful and specially set apart for this occasion.

Although I do love to have beautifully table settings, this was not the main focus of this time. Our priority for all the prep was twofold. First of all, we wanted to make sure that all the chametz was destroyed and no trace of it left in our homes, in order to obey the command. To us this meant using separate dishes than the ones we normally use throughout the year in which we eat all manner of foods containing chametz. Next, we wanted to make it quite clear to our children of the importance of obeying the commandment and the special care and deliberate effort invested in this. When we begin our preparations, the children get the importance of the coming date. They remember all the detailed cleaning. They get why we will no longer be using our commonly used dishes for our daily meals. They get our diet for the next few days will be undergoing some major changes. Everything is different, and they get why. And if they are too young, it's an excellent opportunity for them to begin learning and storing up memories for future years.

This time becomes a time of anticipation. We actually look forward to this feast. Everyone enjoys eating the matzo bread, and the creative ways in which we adjust our daily meals. Using special dishes is also a constant reminder of the absence of chametz and its meaning. All the preparation and changes can be a good thing. It's a lesson and reminder of the biblical command to remove the leaven from our dwelling places. It's a blessing to obey HaShem's mitzvahs as a family. We see this feast not as a burden which is difficult to keep, but as a blessing that we may take part of in joyful obedience. As we finished our Seder and began picking up, we could hear our two-year-old singing in his sweetest baby voice the following chorus lines, "Dai, Da-ye-nu...Dai, Da-ye-nu...Dai, Da-ye-nu...Da-ye-nu, Da-ye-nu, Dayenu!" It was indeed a memorable feast.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Urgent Truth About the Resurrection

Here’s one delayed blog post, which I was not able to add until now. With all the celebrations going on now and all the hype due to the celebration of Easter, I wanted to share some links with studies concerning the timing and dates of the resurrection.  For those that have not had the opportunity to study the subject, here is something that will hopefully be somewhat of a spark to encourage a deeper more thorough study in G-D’s Word. As mentioned on an earlier post, our family celebrated the Biblical Feast of Pesach, Passover as some may better know it. It is my sincere desire that others be encouraged and provoked to walk in truth even as Yeshua HaMoshiach did; as He observed and never taught contrary to the teachings in the Torah.  Growing up within a church setting myself I have realized, that many times the doctrinal beliefs and an understanding of Scripture can be something we leave to the experts and or leaders, when in truth we should question what is taught and study it for ourselves. If we were more diligent, in seeking the truth, there would be an amazing unity in the body of believers instead of all the differences, which constantly separate us. Remember  Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt,7:21),  this should be our  goal;  focusing on and seeking His perfect will. Be strong in the L-rd and dare question where you stand, and what you have believed!

Wednesday Crusifiction Timeline

The Day of Debt

The Cronology of Christ's Crusifixion & Resurrection

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures

Someone is always baking around the house

Sharing with everyone

Fire at the neighbors yard

Helping to put out the fire

Firemen arrive

Seth feeding chickens

Seems he was pecked

Trying to feed the dog

Studying Torah

Traveling with the girls

Our boys (baby was sleeping)


Our Happy Baby

Playing Guitar

Our cat and dog resting together

Praise and Worship

Snow fun

Dog and Duck tracks

Pipe bursts at neighbor's property

Celebrating my sister's anniversary

Enjoying time with my Hubby

Playing games after Havdalah with the Talents

Trip to Mexico

My mother-in-law's pet

At my sister-in-law's restaurant

He made me a flower out of a napkin

My sister-in-law's restaurant

Heading back home

Kids sprouting apple seeds

Rehearsing for Purim play

Purim grogger

Kids make and fly their kite


My toddler burried our dog with freshly cut grass

Working on a yard project

Finished project

With her newly hatched ducklings

We stocked up on Matzos