Passover & the Disciples' Big Blunders
"For so said the Lord God of Israel to me; Take this cup of the wine of fury from My hand, and you shall give it to all the nations to whom I send you, to drink. And they shall drink and reel to and fro and be like madmen because of the sword that I am sending among them..." (Jeremiah 25:15-17, Habakkuk 2:11-14, Obadiah 1:15).

 

Job 12:16 "With Him is strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are His. He leadeth counsellors away stripped, and judges maketh He fools. He looseth the bond of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle. He leadeth priests (the firstborn) away stripped, and overthroweth the mighty."


Job 34:24 "He breaketh in pieces mighty men without inquisition, and setteth others in their stead. Therefore He taketh knowledge of their works; and He overturneth them in the night, so that they are crushed. He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; Because they turned aside from following Him, and would not have regard to any of His ways;  So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto Him, and He heareth the cry of the afflicted.


When He giveth quietness, who then can condemn? And when He hideth His face, who then can behold Him? whether it be done unto a nation, or unto a man, alike; That the godless man reign not, that there be none to ensnare the people."


Palm Sunday: Luke 19:29-35 “And it came to pass when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find A COLT tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose IT and bring IT here. And if anyone asks you, "Why are you loosing it?'' thus you shall say to him, "Because the Lord has need of IT."

So those who were sent went their way and found IT just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing THE COLT, the owners of it said to them, "Why are you loosing THE COLT?" And they said, "The Lord has need of HIM." Then they brought HIM to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on THE COLT, and they set Jesus ON HIM.”

While Luke's and Mark's Jesus is looking for one donkey, Matthew's Jesus is looking for two."Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat untie it and bring it here. They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street and they untied it" (Mark 11:2,4).

Matthew 21:1-7 “Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find A DONKEY tied, AND A COLT WITH HER. Loose THEM and bring THEM to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, " The Lord has need of THEM,'' and immediately he will send THEM."

 

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "Tell the daughter of Zion, "Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey." So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought THE DONKEY AND THE COLT, laid their clothes ON THEM, AND SET HIM ON THEM.”

In the words of Rabbi Tovia Singer: ”The contradictory narratives reveal the methodology used by the Gospel authors to their stories. It was essential for the writers of the NT to apply to Jesus Zechariah’s notable prophesy of the messiah entering Jerusalem on a donkey. The author of Matthew, however, who undoubtedly possessed little knowledge of the Hebrew language, misconstructed Zechariah 9:9 by assuming that the prophet was speaking of the messiah riding in on two animals, rather than one (“a colt the fole of an ass”). As a result of this misunderstanding Matthew weaves into his Palm Sunday narrative his story of Jesus straddling both a donkey and a colt into Jerusalem.

 

Luke, on the other hand was more careful and his gospel tells this same story with Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a single animal. Many Christians fail to read the verse that follows Zechariah 9:9, which begins with the word  “And I (God) ” will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off...” The prophet continues his prophesy and declares that “he (the Moshiach) shall speak peace to the nations and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Jesus of course, brought no peace to the world (Matthew 10:34-36 Luke 12:49-53 ) and ruled over no one. It is therefore no coincidence that Christian “Old Testament "Fulfillment Charts” always quote Zec. 9:9, but never 9:10.


Another example of “Matthew” seeing double: In typical fashion the author of "Matthew" has multiplied one blind man into two: Matthew 20:29-30,34, Mark 10:46,52, Luke 18:35-43.

“As for thee also... because of the blood of thy covenant I send forth thy prisoners out of the pit (exile) wherein is no water" (Torah knowledge, Zechariah 9:11).
"Just as Mashiah will be saved through his own righteousness, so Israel will be saved through the blood of circumcision, to which Israel adhered throughout the exile more than they did to the other commandments" (RaDaK). Not only the Messiah, but all Jews will be protected and snatched from the waterless pit of exile by merit of the blood of circumcision covenant (Genesis Ch. 17), (Radak) and the blood of the covenant of Sinai (Exodus 24:8), (Rashi).

Zechariah 9:9 "Be exceedingly happy, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold! Your king shall come to you. He is צַדִּיק וְנוֹשָׁע הוּא; עָנִי just (TZADIK VE'NOSHA HO, ANI...) and victorious (saved); humble (poor),..”

The two Hebrew words TZADIK and NOSHA, are literally: RIGHT, RIGHTEOUS, proved to be right, and saved. Not a Christian style savior, but just a saved human.

Moshiach is not called a savior but rather, one who has been saved (VE-NOSHA).

The Hebrew verb in this verse "VE'NOSHA," is gramaticlly in the passive form, the "VE" simply means "AND." "NOSHA" is the verb, meaning "ONE WHO HAS BEEN SAVED." If the verb were active "SAVIOR" the Hebrew would say "MOSHIA" and it does not, indicating that the true future Redeemer be not a man of flesh and blood but God alone (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).

In the end the Messiah will return the tribes unto the original vine; Israel (Genesis 49:11-12, Zechariah 9:9 , Jeremiah 2:21) "Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washeth his garments in wine, and his vesture in the blood of grapes; His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk." Wine, water, bread, honey and milk are metaphors for Torah knowledge (Isaiah 55).


Happy 3,323rd Birthday to People of Israel: It was none other than Pharaoh whose mention of the “People of Israel” is the first such Biblical reference, 3323 years ago, using calculations by Serbian-born Eliezer Shulman, who was exiled to Siberia by the former Soviet Union in the 1930s. The Passover holiday recalls the days of slavery in Egypt under the new pharaoh and the Exodus to freedom, which is the theme of the traditional Passover Seder. However, the freedom of the Jews also marks their birthday as a people.


Hosea 11:1-2 "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son." The more they called them, the more they went from them; they sacrificed unto the Baalim, and offered to graven images."

The Christian corruption of Hosea 11:1 Taking a verse out of context: Matthew 2:13-15 NKJ “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him." When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son."

In the words of Rabbi Tovia Singer: "Matthew is quoting the verse from Hosea "Out of Egypt have I called my son,"
in order to demonstrate that Jesus'' childhood - escape to Egypt was foretold in the Jewish scriptures. This verse that Matthew is citing, however d oes not refer to a child / Messiah fleeing to Egypt rather, Hosea is recounting how God called His chosen people out of their bitter slavery  (and idolatry) in Egypt. Matthew ripped this verse from the Book of Hosea completely out of context in order to misapply it to Jesus.


Exodus 4:22 "And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus saith the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born."  And I have said unto thee: Let My son go, that he may serve Me;.."  Leviticus 25:55 "For unto Me the children of Israel are servants; they are My servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." A large percent of the non-Jewish world, worship an individual Jew. The non-Jewish world must come to recognize that all Jews are sons of God.

1,000 Evangelists Want to Convert, Make Aliyah to Samaria: A group of about 1,000 American Christians want to convert to Orthodox Judaism and make Aliyah to Israel. In the past - they believed that the Nation of Israel should be strengthened only so that one day it would accept Christianity. However, they now believe in the coming of the Messiah as it is predicted in Jewish tradition... (INN, 04/18/11).


"The Month of Nissan is the month of our redemption. Jews throughout the world are getting busy cleaning their homes and ridding them of chometz. Chometz means not only those products made of grain that have leavened, but also it means "sourness."  The torah tells us we must clean our living environments of chometz and also s'or, another leavening agent like sourdough. 

Our sages tell us that Rav Alexandri after finishing his daily prayers would add a supplication.  Master of the Universe, our will is to do Your will.  And what prevents us?  The s'or in the dough and the oppression of the Exile. The s'or in the dough implies our own inclination for aggrandizement, pride, and self importance. 

This year in cleaning the s'or from our homes, may we again make a determined effort to also clear our hearts of the s'or.  May we redouble our efforts to remember how precious life is, how fragile our relationships are, and how little time we have remaining to accomplish this huge and difficult task.  May we ask Our Father in Heaven to help us in this undertaking. 

Master of the Universe, our will is to do Your will. And what prevents us?  May we all find the way to do His will and may the s'or in the dough be cleaned from our hearts and replaced with only sweetness, kindness, and consideration for others. And in so doing may the oppression of the Exile end for once and for all bringing about our ultimate redemption the sweet time of bias goel tzidkeinu bimhera b'yomeinu (The coming of our redeemer speedily in our days)." (Michael E. Rosenberg).


Passover Laws and Customs: Passover (Pesach) will take place this year between sunset on Monday, 18 April, and sunset on Monday, 25 April. The first and seventh days are marked as Sabbath-like holy days (Yom Tov) in which work is forbidden. After a search for remaining chametz in houses Sunday night, Jews burn it the following morning, several hours before Pesach begins (INN, 04/18/11 ).

Obama Holds Easter Breakfast: "Our Savior, Jesus Christ" Whose Grace "Calls Me to Pray:" As busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection -- something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective."


The president joked that in the “hustle and bustle” as the “inbox keeps accumulating,” The Holy Week is a reminder of so much.
“The triumph of Palm Sunday.  The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.  His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.  And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world -- past, present and future -- and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.”


“This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this “Amazing Grace” calls me to reflect.  And it calls me to pray.  It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short.  It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son -- his Son and our Savior” (ABC News, Apr. 19, 2011). 


Christian Bible translators mistranslation of Zechariah 12:10 NKJ "... then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn."

Jewish NJPS: Zechariah 12:10 "But I will fill the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem w ith a spirit of pity and compassion; and they shall lament to Me about those who are slain, wailing over them as over a favorite son and showing bitter grief as over a first-born." It is noteworthy that awareness of and mourning over the Holocaust have been a key theme in Jewish culture in our times (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).

The Christian mistranslation of Psalm 22:17(16) NKJ “For dogs have surrounded Me.The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. THEY PIERCED MY HANDS AND MY FEET.” P salm 22:16  Hebrew Scripture: "For dogs have encompassed me a company of evil-doers have inclosed me, LIKE A LION, THEY ARE AT MY HANDS AND MY FEET." Psalm 22:17(16) In the words of Rabbi Tovia Singer: "When the original words of Psalm 22:17 (or Zechariah 12:10) are read, any allusion to a crucifiction disappears." See 'Krystall Nacht'   


Could Jesus' Death Atone For Any Kind of Sin? (By Rabbi Tovia Singer, OutreachJudaism).


LISTEN FOR FREE: Sin and Atonement : Who Needs the Blood? There is no article of faith that is more central to the Church than the belief in the atoning value of Jesus’ sacrificial death at Calvary. Missionaries never miss an opportunity to point out the inability to expiate sin “without the shedding of blood.” Is this claim really true? In this crucial lecture, Rabbi Singer compares the concepts of sin and atonement as set forth by Christianity and Judaism utilizing a thorough presentation of their biblical sources.

 
The President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama also quoted Isaiah 53:5 during the Easter breakfast.
(Dagen, 20.4.2011). NKJ, Christian Bible:  "But He was wounded FOR our transgressions, He was bruised FOR our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His STRIPES we ARE healed."

Complete Jewish Bible: "But he was pained BECAUSE OF our transgressions, crushed BECAUSE OF our iniquities; the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his WOUNDS we WERE healed" (Isaiah 53:5). 

There are significant differences between the two translations.  First is the problem of the expressions because of (Jewish rendition) and for (KJV rendition), which are not interchangeable in the context of this verse.  The Jewish rendition relates that the servant was hurt due to the sinful acts of the (Gentile) nations, i.e., the cause was the behavior of the (Gentile) nations against the servant, and the effect was his being hurt.  

The Christian rendition attempts to convey the message that the servant vicariously took on the sins of the people, which caused him, and not them, to bear the consequences.  In other words, the servant took on the iniquities of others and, thereby, causing their sins to be expiated through his suffering.  This, of course, is diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Hebrew , where (human) vicarious atonement is strictly forbidden; every person is responsible for his or her own sins (Messiah Truth).

"Because of the importance of the agressive, eternal, atonement of Jesus, The Christian bible is incorrect translated from Hebrew with his bruises (wounds) we are healed” in present. In reality, the nations of the world are talking here about Israels sufferings in the past, therefore the verse shall be red: “we were healed.”

 

When Christians persecuted the Jews in the name of Jesus – did they sin? Good Christians would say – Yes, they who persecuted the Jews during the crusades – sinned gravely. What will they say in the endtime? In the end time they will realize, that the reason to why the Jewish People have hold out suffering, persecution, pain and unwanted deaths, is not of their sin of denying and killing Jesus, but on the other hand as a result of the sin of the world.


When the gentile kings sinned, what did they do? They punished and persecuted the Jews, that was their sin. Who suffered as a result of this sin? The Jewish People.
And this will be their recognition in the end time. “Now we realize that the Jewish People’s suffering, was a result of our sin, not because of their sin – that they killed Jesus, not because of their sin of rejecting His son. They did not do that. It is evident for us now that the Jewish People have suffered, and when they did – they suffered because of our sin. “When we sinned – we persecuted the Jews. Who suffered as a result of this persecution? The Jewish People" (Rabbi Tovia Singer).


We brought suffering upon Israel for our own selfish purposes; it was not, as we had claimed, that God was punishing Israel for its own evil behaviour.

LISTEN FOR FREE:The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 - part 1 & 2 By Rabbi Tovia Singer.
There is no chapter in the Hebrew Bible that missionaries point to with greater confidence than these well-known passages that describe the Suffering Servant.  They insist that anyone who reads this chapter will be convinced that the prophet clearly spoke of Jesus of Nazareth.  In this two-part lecture, Rabbi Singer illustrates how the fourth Servant Song of Isaiah has been completely misapplied by these overzealous missionaries. 

Who is God’s Suffering Servant?  The  Rabbinic interpretation of Isaiah 53 by Rabbi Tovia Singer

 

Jesus Christ's Last Supper 'was on a Wednesday' Christians mark Jesus Christ's Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, but new research suggests it took place on the Wednesday before his crucifixion... (BBC News, 18 April, 2011).


In the words of Rabbi Tovia Singer: "A perfunctory examination of New Testament texts reveals that the Books of Matthew 26:20-30, Mark 14:17-25 and Luke 22:14-23, all agree that the Last Supper was actually a Passover Seder.  Bearing in mind that Jesus was crucified on the very next day following the Last Supper, that would mean that according to all three synoptic Gospels, Jesus was crucified on the first day of Passover, or the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan (for example, if tonight were a Passover Seder, then tomorrow would be the first day of Passover .

The author of the Book of John, however, completely contradicts the first three Gospels, and maintains that Jesus was crucified on the eve of Passover, or the 14th day of Nissan.  The Book of John reads, "Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover . . . .  Then he handed him over to them to be crucified." (19:14-16).

The implications of this stunning contradiction cannot be overstated because both claims cannot be true. Jesus was crucified either of the eve of Passover, which is the 14th day of Nissan, as John contends, or on the first day of Passover, which is the 15th day of Nissan, as the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke maintain.  Jesus could not have been crucified on both days.

As a result of this conflict over the crucifixion date, numerous other aspects of John's passion narrative will differ radically with the synoptic Gospels.  For instance, John's description of what transpired during the Last Supper is entirely different from the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  John cannot include a Passover Seder in his version of the Last Supper because according to his reckoning of the date of the crucifixion, the night of the Last Supper fell on the night of the 13th day of Nissan, which was not a holiday. 

 

Therefore, in his Last Supper no aspect of the Seder ceremony occurs.  In fact, in John's Last Supper, there is neither eating of the matzo nor drinking of the wine because in John's Gospel the evening before the crucifixion does not occur on the festival of Passover.  In the book of John (chapter 13), where the events that occurred the night before the crucifixion are described, we therefore find no mention of anyone drinking wine, or eating matzo and herbs as we find in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  John's account of the Last Supper only describes Jesus' washing the feet of the disciples. 

Moreover, John begins his 13th chapter by saying, "Now before the festival of the Passover..."  This is a stunning opening statement because according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke that momentous night wasn't "before the festival of Passover, but rather it was the festival of Passover.  Also, according to John, when Judas Iscariot mysteriously leaves the Last Supper with the moneybag, the disciples immediately presume that he is taking money to purchase food for the festive meal (13:29).  Why would Judas be purchasing food for the feast if, according to the first three Gospels, they had just eaten it?" Read more: Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? What is the Evidence for the Resurrection?


Iranian War Games For Peace! Iran's Revolutionary Guards began a 10-day missile training exercise on Monday, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.  Revolutionary Guards Commander General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, whose unit conducts exercises in the Gulf region every year, told the press Iran's latest maneuvers were "a message of peace and friendship to the countries of the area." The exercise, titled the "Great Prophet Mohommad War Games," and referred to internallyas "Great Prophet-6," will reportedly feature the firing of ballisitic missiles of various ranges (INN; 06/27/11).


"Now if you say to yourself, "How will we know the word that the Lord did not speak?" If the prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, and the thing does not occur and does not come about, that is the thing the Lord did not speak. The prophet has spoken it wantonly; you shall not be afraid of him" (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). 

 

If an acknowledged prophet says that a certain event will come to pass, but which nevertheless doesn’t come to pass, then it is proven that he is a false prophet and a deceiver. The authors of the NT had Jesus (who is regarded as a true prophet in Islam ) himself lie to his generation that many would not die before the Messiah comes, yet it never happened and they all died. Several times in the Gospels Jesus says he will return in the disciples lifetime. One generation lasts 100 years and many generations has passed since Jesus told his disciples that he would return - in their lifetime, before they tasted death or passed away. Their hope became despair  (Matt 24:43, Luke 21:32, 1. Cor. 7:29-31). A hope - becoming more and more despair (Phil. 1:23).


Matthew 16:28 NIV "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
Matthew 10:23 "But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes."  See Mark 13:30. The people Jesus adressed died some 1900 years ago.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NKJ For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."

Many traditions have Muhammad predicting that the end was to come within the lifetime of his followers: Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 7050-53: "A'isha reported that when the desert Arabs came to Allah''s Messenger - they asked about the Last Hour as to when that would come. And he looked towards the youngest amongst them and said: If he lives he would not grow very old that he would find your Last Hour coming to you he would see you dying." Muhammad clearly said that the young boy wouldn't have grown very old before the Last Hour came upon the people. Yet, centuries have passed and the Last Hour still hasn't come upon us.


Muhammad also announced that everyone would be dead
within a hundred years: Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 3, Number 116: Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Once the Prophet led us in the 'Isha' prayer during the last days of his life and after finishing it (the prayer) (with Taslim) he said: "Do you realize (the importance of) this night? Nobody present on the surface of the earth tonight will be living after the completion of one hundred years from this night." Nearly fourteen centuries have gone by and there continue to be human beings alive all around the earth! See also: Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 10, Number 539: (See Hadith No. 575).

In light of the prophetic criteria given by God in Deuteronomy 18:22 we discover that both Muhammad and Jesus fails this test. This means that neither Muhammad or Jesus are true prophets or the prophet like Moses. (Deut. 18:18). All those who believed in Jesus as the Messiah will therefore not in a moment be in heaven. "The Bride of Christ, the Church,"  will not be there in thousands. But on the other hand the holy ones will be gathered in Zion (Jeremiah 3:14-15). See 'False prophets.'

There is also a "prophecy" concerning the time which Jesus says he will spend in the tomb: Matthew 12:40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

How many days and how many nights was Jesus in the tomb? Matthew 28:1 ”Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week BEGAN TO DAWN, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb." 3 days, 2 nights.

Mark 16:2 "Very EARLY IN THE MORNING, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb WHEN THE SUN HAD RISEN." 3 days, 2 nights.

Luke 24:1 "Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared." 3 days, 2 nights.

John 20:1 "Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb EARLY, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb." 2 days, 2 nights.


In the words of Rabbi Tovia Singer: "The stories told in the New Testament, and the passion narratives in particular, are so inconsistent, that the resurrection story collapses under careful scrutiny.  The conflicting testimonies of the evangelists are so unreliable, they would not stand up to critical cross-examination in any court of law.  In fact, there is virtually not one detail of the crucifixion and resurrection narratives upon which all four Gospel authors agree.  Yet, it is upon this story that the entire Christian religion stands or falls." Read more: Conflicting Crucifixion Stories in the Gospels

Matthew 27:62-64 "Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, `After  three days I am to rise again.' "Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, `He has risen from the dead,' and the last deception will be worse than the first."

What was the "first deception"? Was it the socalled "virginbirth,"  the "last supper" or the crucifiction?

In the words of Rabbi Eliahu Kitov from ”The Book of Our Heritage”:
The astrological sign of the month of Nisan is the lamb- which serves to remind us of the lamb which each household would bring for the Pesach sacrifice. However, even before Israel was commanded to take a lamb for the sacrifice in Nisan, the nations of the world – and especially the Egyptians – used the lamb as the symbol for this month.

 

The Hebrew word ASHTAROS, connoting the offspring of sheep and the increase of the flock, resembles the word for wealth – OSHER - for the former brings its owner great wealth. The month of Nisan, the beginning of spring, symbolizes the wealth and bounty of the entire year; hence, the appropriate sign of the ZODIAC is ARIES the ram.

The Egyptians, whose chief concern was developing wealth and strength, transformed the ram into a god which they worshiped. But Israel, whose chief concern is serving God, was commanded to take this god of the Egyptians and slaughter it and offer it in the very month when it was in its ascendancy. This was a declaration of Israel's recognition that there is no wealth or strength except that which stems from God. The astrological sign of this month, for both the Egyptians and Israel, is the ram. For Israel it is a sign of subservience to God, whereas for Egypt it is an idol.

The Sages alluded to this in their explanation of the Torah verse: "Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the passover lamb" (Exodus 12:21). The verse should be seen as saying: Withdraw yourselves from the idolatrous practices of the Egyptians; take a sheep and thereby slaughter their god AND MAKE IT A PESACH OFFERING (Shemos Rabbah 16). Another midrash concludes: Withdraw from idolatry and cleave to the mitzvos (Yalkut Shimoni 206).


Did the Passover Lamb Foreshadow Jesus? Just as God tested Abraham's faith to show his worthiness to be the father of the chosen people, the young Jewish nation also had to have their faith tested to show their worthiness to participate in the exodus from Egypt, to receive the Torahat Mount Sinai, and to become the progenitors of the covenant people who would forever be known as "a light to the nations."

 

In the pagan Egyptian society where the Jewish people were enslaved, the lamb was considered a sacred god, similar to how the cow is deified and worshiped in India today.  In ancient Egypt, molesting a lamb in any way was considered a crime punishable by death... 

In Exodus 8:26, Moses explained to Pharaoh that if the Israelites were to kill these animals before the Egyptians, they would be stoned to death.  The Almighty, therefore, used this to test the faithfulness of the Jewish people by commanding them to not only kill Egypt's sacred god, but also to publicly place the lamb's blood on their doorposts for all to see.  Only those Israelites who, like Abraham, demonstrated that their fear of God exceeded their fear of the Egyptians, would be deemed worthy to have their homes passed over during the tenth and final plague (Rabbi Tovia Singer).

Matthew 27:46 "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

In the words of Rabbi Tovia Singer: "This is a quote of Jesus’ supposed last exclamation on the cross.  It was lifted from the lips of King David and placed in the mouth of Jesus by the first two Gospel writers.  It comes from Psalm 22:22 where King David, who is its author and the one speaking throughout this chapter, is describing his own anguish and longing as he remained a fugitive from his enemies.  It was from the very depths of David’s own pain from which he cries out his heart-felt supplication, “Eli, Eli, lamah azovtani..."Who Was Jesus? 


Ovadiah 1:1 So said the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard tidings from the Lord, and a messenger has been sent

among the nations, "Arise and let us rise up against them in war!"

 

RaDaK writes that the land of Edom does not belong today to the descendants of Edom because the nations became mixed up and most of them are of either the Christian or Moslem faith and it is impossible to recognize which of them is from Edom, Moab, Ammon or any of the other nations, because they were all exiled from their lands and became mixed among the nations.

 

But Rome was initially mainly composed of the descendants of Edom, and where the prophets speak about the destruction of Edom they are speaking about the end of days, for when Rome is destroyed Israel will be redeemed.

 

Ezekiel 25:14 ”And I shall lay My revenge upon Edom by the hand of My people Israel, and they will do to Edom according to My wrath and according to My fury, and they will know my vengeance, says the Lord.” Deut. 23:8-9 "You shall not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not despise an Egyptian, for you were a sojourner in his land. Children who are born to them [in] the third generation may enter the assembly of the Lord."


Just as Arabs unite in their hatred of Israel - the Israelites must be unified  - in destroying their religion. "You shall not hate your brother in your heart; rebuke, rebuke your fellow, but do not incur a sin on his account (Leviticus 19:17).

Putting an end to terrorism is only possible by putting an end to the ideology that plants it: This ancient Christian accusation has become standard in Arab antisemitic discourse. "The sad smile of the virgin Mary as she shields her son the Messiah did not prevent the soldiers of the Israeli occupation from taking up positions to shoot at the face of this Palestinian angel [i.e. Jesus] and murder the smile...so as to murder what they hadn't managed to murder throughout 2,000 years... just as their forefathers tried to murder the prophetic message when they hammered their nails and iron stakes through the body of the Messiah into the wooden cross."
(Bassam Abu Sharif, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat March 20, 2002).

Calling the Jews Christ-killers in anti-Jewish Arab propaganda is particularly ironic, because according to Islamic belief, Jesus did not die on the cross, and the Christians are distorting the truth" (What Is Arab Antisemitism? MEMRI, February 27, 2004).

PA daily: "Jews, Jews! Your holiday [Passover] is the Holiday of Apes" An article in the official PA daily newspaper claims that Palestinian Christian youth perform a spring march in the streets that includes the chant: "Jews, Jews! Your holiday [Passover] is the Holiday of Apes." He writes that these "meaningful messages" are in response to Israel's security measures in Jerusalem during the holiday of Passover:

 

But the writer insists that in Palestinian Authority cities, the festivities have retained their Palestinian flavor. He describes youth chanting that the Jewish holiday of Passover is the "Holiday of the Apes": "The spring carnival has retained its [Palestinian] flavor in towns such as Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Ramallah... with the demonstrations of the Scouts, songs, dances, and popular Palestinian hymns about Christian-Islamic unity and internal Christian unity.

These hymns carry meaningful messages, in response to the Israeli prohibition [to enter Jerusalem], as seen in the calls of the youth who lead the procession of light, waving swords and not caring if anyone accuses them of anti-Semitism: ... 'Our master, Jesus, the Messiah, the Messiah redeemed us, with his blood he bought us, and today we are joyous while the Jews are sad,' and, 'Jews, Jews! Your holiday is the Holiday of the Apes, while our holiday is the Holiday of the Messiah.' (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 19, 2011, PalWatch).


One who sees that his fellow has sinned, or is following an improper path, it is a mitzvah to bring him back to the proper path and to inform him that he sins by his bad actions, as it is written: "Rebuke, rebuke your fellow." He should tell him that he is doing this for his own good, so that he may merit the the World to Come. Whoever has the ability to rebuke and does not do so shares in the guilt for the sin, since he could have prevented it... (The Parshah of Kedoshim, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Character, ch. 6).

Deuteronomy 33:26-29 "Jeshurun, there is none like God; He Who rides the heavens is at your assistance, and with His majesty, [He rides] the skies, which are the abode for the God Who precedes all, and below, are the mighty ones (the Jews) of the world. He expelled the enemy from before you, and said, 'Destroy!' (idolatry; Christianity and Islam). And Israel dwelled safely and alone as Jacob [blessed them], in a land of grain and wine; also, their heavens will drip dew. Fortunate are you, O Israel! Who is like you, O people whose salvation is through the Lord, the Shield Who helps you, your majestic Sword! Your enemies will lie to you, but you will tread upon their heights."

"If Israel can deliver a crippling blow to Iran and Hamas, the mission of the militant jihadists will appear to have lost Divine sanction. Nothing is more devastating to a messianic movement than defeat." (What Hamas Wants:
 It's not peace, reconciliation, or even an end to the carnage, National Review, Jan 5, 2009).

A-Zahar Reiterates Hamas Goal: World Domination: Obliteration of Israel and the worldwide rule of Islam.  Echoing his co-religionists in the PA, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Raad Salah, declared in September of 2006 that a new Caliphate will soon arise with its capital in Jerusalem (INN, 03/27/07).

PA Peace Plan: Iran to Share Rule over Temple Mount (INN, 05/21/09). Obama Plan: Temple Mount Under Arab-Muslim Sovereignty (INN, 08/23/09). Islam seeks to fulfill its goal of nothing short than conquering the world and establishing “the global Islamic state.” This is the goal also set by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, "Islam will conquer all the mountain-tops in the world" (INN, 09/11/09). King Abdulla: "All should unite to reach a final solution-that will take us to new horizons of our joint Arab march" (Saudi Embassy, Feb 2009).


Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal in Friday Sermon
, April 11, 2008:
"We Will Conquer Rome – And From There, Continue On to Conquer the Two Americas, Eastern Europe" .. . Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam -- - this capital of theirs (Jerusalem) will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe."