Sunday, April 10, 2016
PASSOVER IS APRIL 22, A FRIDAY. According to the Jewish Holiday
The Passover Recipe You DON'T Want to Miss!
Nisan 2, 5776/April 10, 2016 Gregorian Calander
In honor of the New month of Nisan, the Temple Institute presents
world renowned Chef Yochanan Lambiase, who will guide you through
three scrumptious Passover recipes and then unveil The Passover
recipe that you DON'T want to miss!
Wherever you are celebrating Passover this year, (April 23rd),
you will want to see this video!
Passover: Freedom for all Mankind!
The intended climax of the Seder is the moment when all participants
eat a small amount of the Passover offering (an amount called a
k'zayit) wrapped with charoseth and bitter herbs (lettuce) in a
mazta. This is known as the 'Hillel sandwich' after the beloved
sage Hillel, who lived more than 2,000 years ago, who
established this practice. This is the fulfillment of the Torah
commandment to prepare and eat the Korban Pesach (Passover offering)
'together with matza and bitter herb' (Ex. 12:8). The Hillel
sandwich eaten during the time of the Holy Temple no doubt
bore a great resemblance to Chef Yochanan's kosher-for-Passover 'lamb burrito!'
Passover commemorates Israel's miraculous exodus from Egypt.
This extraordinary event marks the birth of Israel as a nation. Forever turning its back on Egyptian idolatry and slavery to foreign domination and culture, the people of Israel headed towards Mount Sinai
and its eternal covenant with G-d towards its destiny of
becoming "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Ex. 19:6).
Passover is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals.
In the time of the Holy Temple, the entire nation ascends
to Jerusalem for Passover, to the hallowed court of the Temple. Today many Jews hold a traditional Passover seder on the first night of the festival. The beautiful celebration, a time of family,
tradition, and renewal, recalls the legacy of freedom that
the people of Israel have bequeathed to all humanity. But
the focal point of the entire festival - the true meaning
and message of Passover - is missing: the eternal covenant
of the korban pesach, the Passover offering. The Passover
offering is not only the main aspect of the holiday; it is
an experience and a Divine commandment that is intrinsically
bound up with the national identity of Israel; with who we
are as a people. Its importance is preeminent precisely
because it represents the Divinely-mandated, perpetual
task of Israel: to slaughter all forms of idolatry before
the eyes of the world. The freedom from Egyptian bondage
goes hand in hand with the responsibility to uproot and
destroy the idolatry which holds humanity back from
realizing its potential.
According to Torah law, there is nothing preventing the
Jewish people from renewing the Passover offering today,
even in a state of impurity and even before the Holy
Temple is rebuilt. Contemporary kohanim are eligible
to attend to the service, and a minimal size altar
can be quickly constructed on the Temple Mount in its
proper spot. Indeed, the Passover offering can be the
first step in the reestablishment of the service of
the Holy Temple in its entirety. The halachic (Torah law
) requirements and criteria that need to be fulfilled
are all within reach. It is only the political level
that prevents this from becoming reality. Today,
there is a great awakening within the nation of Israel
towards the renewal of the Passover offering. A public
'practice drill' held annually before the festival,
whose goal is to educate and prepare the Jewish people
for the renewal of the offering, attracts many thousands
of participants, demonstrating the great reawakening of
the people of Israel towards the significance of the
May we merit to bring the Passover offering THIS year
Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
Rabbi Chaim Richman
The Temple Institute