Samaritan Passover Sacrifice 2020 זבח הפסח השומרוני

The Burning Ovens- Samaritan festivals
Burning the forbidden parts on the altar

The Samaritan Passover was held this year, under the restrictions of the Corona epidemic, and in accordance with the directives of Israeli law authorities.

Most of the community in Holon joined to the one permanently residing on mt. Gerizim, in the two days before the Sacrifice ceremony. In these two days, every family cleared the chametz from the houses, and prepared the matzot, for the Passover.

“Taba Day” = The Good Day- The day of the Passover Sacrifice, has started like every year, with the visit of the non-priesthood families, at the priesthood family. As every year, the members of the community have raised tithes (donations) to members of the priestly family. Since there are no members of the community in the agricultural profession at present, every person contributes as his generosity.

The renewed Sacrifice square, which has been renovated for the last few months, from donations of the community members, has been cleaned right up to the last minute. The large new space which has been created, allowed the needed space to be taken within the congregations. The contacts around this matter, between the community and the authorities, allowed the proper fulfillment of the ceremony.

A definite sign that this year, it was a slightly different Sacrifice, was the fact that guests were rarely present at the ceremony. Every year, the entire mountain is infested with guests and media, who come to witness and document the ceremony. But as said before, in this year, and for the first time in many years, the ceremony was almost clean of guests.

In spite of the misgivings raised by the various forecasters, from inclement weather, the whole ceremony took place in favorable weather, and in clear skies. Only when the ceremony was finished, a heavy fog descends on the mountain, and the weather changed. God has graciously provided and allowed us to celebrate the ceremony the same as every year.

Every year and you are at peace.

זבח הפסח השומרוני התקיים השנה, תחת מגיפת הקורונה, ובהתאם להנחיות רשויות החוק בישראל.

מרבית הקהילה מחולון , הצטרפה לזו השוכנת דרך קבע בהרגריזים, כבר ביומיים שקדמו לזבח. כל משפחה מצומצמת , דאגה ביומיים הללו, לפנות את החמץ מן הבתים, ולהכין את המצות לקראת הזבח.

“יום טבה” = יום טוב, יום הזבח בבוקר, החל כמידי שנה, בביקורם של בני הקהילה, את בני משפחת הכהונה. החל מן הכהן הגדול, וכלה באחרון הכהנים. כמידי שנה, הרימו בני הקהילה מעשר ( תרומה) לבני משפחת הכהנים. מאחר וכיום אין עוסקים בני הקהילה במקצוע החקלאות, כל אדם תורם כפי כנדיבות ליבו.

רחבת הזבח המחודשת, ששופצה במשך החודשים האחרונים מכספי תרומות בני הקהילה, נוקתה ומורקה ממש עד לרגע האחרון. המרחב הגדול שנוצר, בעקבות שיפוץ הרחבה, אפשר את קיום ההנחיות של רשויות החוק, בנוגע למרווחים שיש לנקוט במסגרת ההתקהלויות. המגעים סביב עניין זה, וקיומו התקין של הטקס, התקיימו עד לרגע האחרון.

סימן מובהק לכך שהשנה, היה זה זבח שונה מעט , היא העובדה כי כמעט ולא נכחו אורחים בטקס הזבח. כמידי שנה, כבר בשעות הצהריים, ההר כולו שורץ באורחים ואנשי תקשורת, שבאים לחזות ולתעד את הטקס. השנה, בסימן מגיפת הקורונה, היה הטקס כמעט ונקי מאורחים .

למרות החששות שנטעו בנו החזאים השונים, ממזג אוויר סוער, הטקס כולו התקיים במזג אוויר נוח, ובשמיים נקיים. רק עם סיום אכילת הזבח, ירד ערפל כבד על ההר, ומזג האוויר השתנה. כך נמוגו להן, הן החששות ממזג האוויר, והן מההגבלות הצפויות של מזג האוויר. האל עשה עמנו חסד, ואפשר לנו את הטקס כמידי שנה.

כל שנה ואתם שלומים .

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  1. God is good!

    Happy Good Thursday coming up for us celebrating Easter, however, what the day should be for Passover 2023…

    BY THE SAMARITAN CALENDAR, WHAT IS THE PASSOVER FOR 2023?

    The Samaritan Calendar is based on the ancient Israelite calendar and is still used by the Samaritan community today. According to the Samaritan Calendar, Passover begins on the 14th day of the first month (Nisan).

    In 2023, the first month of the Samaritan Calendar will begin on March 28th at sunset, and Passover will begin on the evening of April 11th (after sunset)

    So, the 11th would be the time of the Last Supper, eating the Passover through the next sunset on the 12th (The complete day of the Passover)- Jesus was crucified on Thursday, the 15th of Nisan ON 27 AD. (FROM 40WK PROPHECY IN DANIEL CHAPTER 9- Around 500 BC)

    From calculations using CHATGPT- GOOGLE ON STEROIDS

    The time around 27 AD from scripture 6th hour until the 9th. Below is what I asked…

    WHAT WOULD THE 6TH HOUR BE BEFORE SUNSET ON NISAN 15TH IN 27 AD?

    If we assume that the length of daylight and darkness on Nisan 15th, 27 AD was similar to the average day in Jerusalem (31°47’N, 35°13’E), then sunset would have occurred around 6:10 pm local time (assuming a standard time zone of UTC+2).

    In the Samaritan calendar, the day begins at sunset, so the 6th hour before sunset on Nisan 15th in 27 AD would be approximately noon local time (12:10 pm) on that day.

    However, it’s important to note that the exact timing of the hours would depend on the specific location and the time of year, as the length of daylight and darkness can vary throughout the year.

    WHAT WOULD THE 9TH HOUR BE BEFORE SUNSET ON NISAN 15TH IN 27 AD?

    If we assume that sunset on Nisan 15th, 27 AD in Jerusalem (31°47’N, 35°13’E) occurred around 6:10 pm local time (assuming a standard time zone of UTC+2), then the 9th hour before sunset would be around 3:10 pm local time on that day.

    Therefore, the 9th hour before sunset on Nisan 15th, 27 AD using the Samaritan calendar would be approximately 3:10 pm local time in Jerusalem. However, it’s important to note that the exact timing of the hours would depend on the specific location and the time of year, as the length of daylight and darkness can vary throughout the year.

    WHAT WEEKDAY WAS IT ON NISAN 15TH, 27 AD USING THE SAMARITAN CALENDAR?

    Determining the weekday for a specific date using the Samaritan calendar can be a bit challenging, as the calendar is lunisolar and has different rules for leap years than the standard Gregorian calendar.

    However, based on the assumption that Nisan 15th, 27 AD corresponded to the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we can try to determine the day of the week using the modern Hebrew calendar.

    According to the Hebrew calendar, Nisan 15th, 27 AD corresponds to the 5th day of the week (Thursday). However, it’s important to note that the Samaritan community has their own unique practices and customs, and their calendar and day of the week may not necessarily align with the Hebrew calendar or the Gregorian calendar.

    God holds the future and all main made religions and gods can’t. read Psalm chapter 2 or 22 foretold 1000 years before Jesus came to earth or through prophets like Isaiah.

    What Jesus said and what was foretold in Isaiah about 700 years through the Holy Spirit before Christ was born through a virgin- fully man and fully God.

    In God’s Holy Word- which has many authors that God used and from generations of time and languages is the same. God shows this from the Dead Sea Scrolls. God’s Word is true and from God.

    What Jesus tells a religious leader (Bible-John)

    ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

    “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

    “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

    I capitalize Isaiah a prophet of God who prophesied about the Messiah- AKA The Lamb 🐑 of God. I didn’t do the whole chapter of Isaiah 52-please read it for yourself. The lowercase is God’s fulfillment.

    ISAIAH-HE WAS LED LIKE A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER

    So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

    ISAIAH-HE WAS DESPISED AND REJECTED BY MANKIND

    From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

    When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

    “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

    But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

    “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

    “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

    Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

    ISAIAH-HE DID NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH

    And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He gave no answer.

    But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to Him, “I charge You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.”

    Herod questioned Jesus at great length, but He gave no answer.

    and he went back into the Praetorium. “Where are You from?” he asked. But Jesus gave no answer.

    Then Pilate asked Him, “Do You not hear how many charges they are bringing against You?” But Jesus gave no answer, not even to a single charge, much to the governor’s amazement. Now it was the governor’s custom at the feast to release to the crowd a prisoner of their choosing.

    ISAIAH-HE WAS ASSIGNED A GRAVE WITH THE WICKED

    Joseph of Arimathea

    Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy disciple of Jesus, who, according to the book of Matthew 27:57-60, asked Pontius Pilate for permission to take Jesus’ dead body in order to prepare it for burial. He also provided the tomb where the crucified Lord was laid until his Resurrection. Joseph is mentioned in parallel passages in the gospels of Mark, Luke and John, but nothing further is heard about his later activities.

    ISAIAH-YET IT WAS THE LORD’S WILL TO CRUSH HIM AND CAUSE HIM TO SUFFER

    God gave us the Messiah-no other way for us to be with a Holy God.

    Jesus-“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

    ISAIAH-BECAUSE HE POURED OUT HIS LIFE UNTO DEATH,AND WAS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS.

    Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

    Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

    When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

    “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

    This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

    “They divided my clothes among them

    and cast lots for my garment.”

    What Jesus says about Himself

    “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

    “I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

    “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

    God’s promises

    if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”- Romans 10:9-13

    In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.- Ephesians 1:13

    7 Prophecies That Foretold Jesus’ Birth

    What were the prophecies of Jesus’ birth in the Bible? How many references did the Old Testament make to the coming of a messiah to save the children of Abraham? See the numerous biblical prophecies of the birth of Jesus Christ and what we can learn from the Old Testament about His divinity in this collection of scripture quotes!

    The prophets proclaimed the coming of a Savior, the Anointed One or Messiah who would rescue His people. Old Testament prophecies of the birth of Jesus would be revealed in the New Testament. Discover the prophecies of Christ that foretold His birth through the Holy Scriptures.

    Here are 7 biblical prophecies fulfilled by the birth of Jesus Christ:

    1. A descendent of Abraham would bless all people.

    18 centuries before Christ’s birth, God told Abram, the father of the Jewish nation, “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3b). Jesus fulfilled this promise as shown in Matthew 1:1: “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the Son of David, the son of Abraham.” Matthew then detailed the genealogy of Christ from Abraham, formerly Abram, to Joseph the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

    Jesus was a descendant of Abraham and came to earth as the promised Messiah. He showed His glory through miracles, died as an innocent sacrifice for sin, and rose to life conquering death. All people on earth are blessed through Christ who came from Abraham’s line as was prophesied.

    2.The Messiah would come from the house of David and take his throne.

    “’The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which He will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior’” (Jeremiah 23:5-6).

    In fulfillment of this prophecy given over 600 years before, the angel Gabriel told Mary, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:31-33).

    As was foretold, Jesus was born as a son of David, from his line, and became our eternal King.

    See also: Psalm 89:3-4

    3. The Messiah would be born of a virgin.

    Around 700 years before Christ was born, the prophet Isaiah said, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

    Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to a son and then she told Joseph, her betrothed. It appears he assumed Mary had been unfaithful and planned to end their relationship until he had a dream: “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’)” (Matthew 1:20-23).

    As was prophesied the virgin Mary conceived from the Holy Spirit and gave birth to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This event not only fulfilled prophecy but was a miracle by itself. How could a virgin conceive and give birth? Only as an act of God.

    See also: Luke 2:1-7

    4. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.

    Micah, an Old Testament prophet, foretold, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:2).

    Before Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus issued a decree demanding a census. This required every citizen to register in the town of their family origin. Scripture tells us, “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David…while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son” (Luke 1:1-7).

    Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Micah by being born in Bethlehem.

    5. The Messiah would be called out of Egypt.

    “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son” (Hosea 11:1).

    King Herod ruled Palestine when Jesus was born. He felt threatened when he heard of the birth and planned to kill him. An angel of the Lord warned Joseph in a dream to take Mary and Jesus and escape to Egypt where they lived for a time. After Herod died, they returned to Nazareth. Matthew records, “And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’” (Matthew 2:1-15).

    6. The Messiah would be called a Nazarene.

    After the death of Herod, Joseph and his family returned to Nazareth and according to Matthew 2:23, “So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that He would be called a Nazarene.”

    We know this was a fulfilled prophecy because Matthew recorded it as such though no Old Testament verses specifically mention this. For a more in-depth look at the meaning of this prophecy, refer to this article: The Messiah would be called a Nazarene.

    7. There would be a loss of children’s lives.

    The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah wrote, “This is what the LORD says: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more’” (Jeremiah 31:15).

    Jeremiah foretold the atrocity that occurred after Herod realized he did not know which baby was the Messiah. He was furious and “he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under…Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled” (Matthew 2:16-18).

    Evidence or Faith?

    Yes, there is evidence to support the claims of Christ. What is the probability one man would fulfill these 7 prophecies? Mathematics and astronomy professor Peter W. Stoner once calculated the chance of 8 prophecies being fulfilled as 1 in 10 to the 17th power (100,000,000,000,000,000)! Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies. Stoner illustrated the chances this way: Suppose all of Texas were covered with two feet of silver coins with one coin being marked with a red dot. Then a blindfolded man is dropped off and told to walk where he wants but must pick up the right coin at the first try. The chance of him picking up the correct coin would be the same as one man fulfilling just eight of the prophecies Jesus fulfilled.

    The proof that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Son of God, is overwhelming. Yet, ultimately, we come to Him by faith.

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