|The Exodus from Egypt to the Jewish Homeland|
|Traditional plate starting Passover Seder's 1st night that helps to tell our story; the|
egg, shank bone, bitter herbs, haroseth, parsley and horseradish
|Passover, April 2, 2007 with my daughter-in-law, her mother and guest|
at my home
While I lived in Safed, I saw many Ethiopians settled there, said to be descendants of Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. So many Israelis were from exotic places. Among native English speaking Jews, I was surrounded by South Africans, Canadians, Brits, Australians, and a few Americans.
Jews have not forgotten that this was a prophecy by Isaiah and that for many years it has been happening. . .
Isaiah was a prophet who lived and prophesied in Jerusalem from the death of Judah's King Uzziah (Azariah) (780-740 BCE) until the middle of King Hezekiah's reign from 720 to 692 BCE. He came from a noble family and was closely connected with the royal court and popular in public affairs.
|Isaiah (740-701 BCE) son of Amoz; in Jerusalem|
|David as youth|
fighting Goliath, a
|David when King of Judah|
in Hebron, took
Jerusalem in his 8th year
The family line of Jesse is that he married Ithra's daughter. who was the mother of King David. Jesse's father was Oved, and Oved was the son of Boaz who married Ruth, a Moabite. Ruth converted to Boaz's religion of believing in ONE G-d. Moabites lived in Moab, a country in southern Transjordan. It was bounded by the river, Heshbon in the North, the river Zered in the south, the Jordan and the Dead Sea to the west, and the Syrian Desert on the east. They were kindred to the Israelites, being traditionally descended-like the Ammonites-from Lot who was Abraham's nephew. This is how Arabs and Jews go back to Abraham.
"The spirit of Hashem will rest upon him---a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of Hashem. He will be imbued with a spirit of fear for Hashem; and will not need to judge by what his eyes see nor decide by what his ear hear. He will judge the destitute with righteousness, and decide with fairness for the humble of the earth. He will strike the wicked of the world with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips and he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be the girdle round his loins, and faith will be the girdle round his waist."
His prophecy lets us know in the next part #6 of what will be after his appearance and deeds and this has not yet happened to us.
|Abnormal meeting of animals from different areas, bear|
of America with lion and tiger of Africa..able to make
friends without getting hungry
A cow and bear will graze and their young will lie down together; and a lion, like cattle, will eat hay. A suckling will play by a viper's hole; and a newly weaned child will stretch his hand toward an adder's lair. They will neither injure nor destroy in all of My sacred mountain; for the earth will be as filled with knowledge of Hashem as water covering the sea bed. .
|Raised happily together as pup and kitten|
have no reason to hate each other
The prophecy continues with the most interesting part.
|Jews praying at Western Wall in Jerusalem|
Today almost all men and women must serve in IDF
This special last feast day was instituted in the 18th century by the Baal Shem Tov who was Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer, a famous mystical rabbi and founder of Hasidism. This was his way to translate an intangible belief into a tangible action.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, the Tzemach Tzedek of the first half of the 19th century followed this custom. He explained the connection between the 1st and the last day of Passover and between the 1st redemption and the final redemption of the Jewish people this way:
"The last day of Passover is the conclusion of that which began on the 1st night of Passover. It was the beginning. The last day is our festival commemorating the final redemption, when the Holy One, Blessed by He, will redeem us from the last exile through our righteous Moshiach (Messiah), who is the final redeemer. The 1st day of Passover is Moseh Rabbeinu's festival (Moses); the last day of Passover is Moshiach"s festival.
A misunderstood part of his prophecies have been 52: 13-53: 12. Jewish commentators interpret this as referring to the Jewish people. The Christian church believes it is foretelling the story of Jesus.
He tells of uncircumcised and defiled people who will no longer enter Jerusalem. For naught were you sold, and without money will you be redeemed.
Hashem spoke...."As for Egypt, My people went down originally to sojourn there. But Assyria oppressed them without justification; so now, why should I remain here? ---the word of Hashem---where My people was taken for naught? Their rulers glorify themselves---the word of Hashem---and constantly, all day, My Name is blasphemed. Therefore, My people shall know My Name---therefore, on that day, that it is I Who speaks, here I am! " ......
What we all agree on is that he prophesied about redemption and comfort and are of supreme importance to Judaism and Christianity.
Then again, " ?" The debate is with Christians who say it is about Jesus. Let's look at it. It speaks about the Messiah according to Jewish knowledge.
Jews feel he will be accepted by all.
Behold My servant, whom I shall uphold; My chosen one, whom My soul desired; I have placed My spirit upon him so he can bring forth justice to the nations. He will not shout nor raise his voice, nor make his voice heard in the street. He will not break even a bruised reed nor extinguish even flickering flax; but he will administer justice in truth. He will not slacken nor tire until he sets justice in the land and islands will long for his teaching.......
I wonder if Isaiah knew of his own demise. According to legend, he was put to death by King Manasseh (720-692 BCE). He had protested strongly against moral laxity, attitudes towards the poor and underprivileged that he saw which were the lack of kindness, pity and justice. He said this was more important to G-d than offering sacrifices. He taught that Assyria's actions were G-ds instrument of divine anger. He was against all treaties with neighboring states, and that Israel were the people of G-d and therefore had to trust only in HIM. He said that the people of Israel would be punished for their sins but not exterminated and that a remnant would return and renew their link between G-d and the Land of Israel. He said that at the END OF DAYS G-d would judge the nations.
|Dishes are Desert Rose pattern, Franciscanware|
The New Standard Jewish encyclopedia
Tanach (Bible) The Stone Edition, ArtScroll Series of the Mesorah Heritage Foundation