Special days

Yehoshua licks the beaters from the frosting...

I'm still recovering from two very full days of preparation and two very wonderful days of rest and celebration! :) Thursday and Friday were packed with cooking and cleaning (and all the rest of the normal stuff we do each day) in preparation for Passover.

We had a lovely Passover! We read several chapters from Exodus and ate the traditional foods (unleavened bread, bitter herbs, grape juice/wine, mortar). I actually managed to make all of the foods I had planned for our menu and the children really loved the matza ball soup, since I generally only make that at Passover. ;)

Yehoshua's unleavened chocolate birthday cake actually turned out well, as did the frosting (which I had to make without powdered sugar since I was out!). I'll try to get the recipe typed up soon... like I said, I'm still picking up things around here, catching up on laundry... :)

Yehoshua with his unleavened birthday cake


Tammy, I am glad you were blessed with a wonderful time remember the freedom bought with through Christ, our perfect Passover lamb. Your chocolate cake looks very good.

Happy Birthday Yehoshua ~

Happy birthday, Yehoshua!! :) I'm glad you have had a great couple of days. We did the Lord's (last) Supper Sabbath evening and I was really blessed. :)

I'm sure you are enjoying the lovely weather too. :) ~Tanya

No wonder I've been so tired today! We had a very busy shabbat, birthday, passover also! Hope you had a good weekend. My children seemed to remember passover this year & really enjoy it, it is so nice to share it with them. Hope your children were blessed too.

p.s. your broccoli mina was a huge hit at our church's passover last night & it is officially a family tradition now, it was great.

I hope this doesn't come across as rude, but I don't understand why you celebrate Passover if you're not Jewish. I enjoy reading your blog now and then and I remember reading that you are a Messianic Jew. What is that, exactly? I'm Jewish and I've never understood what that really means. I even looked it up in Wikipedia :-) and STILL don't understand the concept. Do you feel like an actual Jew even though you weren't raised as such and that's why you celebrate Passover? Hope you don't mind my questions. I realize none of this is any of my business so feel free to ignore or even delete this whole comment.

Not judging, just genuinely puzzled,

P.S. Have a nice holiday! I'm getting tired of matza already, and there's still several days to go!

Hi, Laura! :)

We're not Jewish (by blood, nor have we converted to Judaism), but we're Christians who believe in both the old and new testaments -- and so we see Passover as a Biblical feast and try to celebrate it as such. :) We don't feel "Jewish"; we just try to pattern our lives after Scripture. Does that make sense at all?! :) 

Hello I was browsing the web looking for an unleavened pizza recipe for the feast of unleavened bread when I came across your site and I'm so glad to see that the brethren do exist, who want to follow YHWH's laws and enjoy doing so. Its so hard to find any one who takes the scriptures for what they say. Just wanted to let you know that you have brethren in the messiah Yahshua out here in Savannah, GA.

Kristina :)

The celebrations are for rejoicing no matter what faith. As long as we use the bible as a guide and follow the Commandments. The rest is just religion and that is where most Christians get mislead. I love that you choose to live simple and teach your children the truth.

Hello Laura!

We understand why you are puzzled. Let me explain our perspective on this issue :)

We know it seems very odd in modern times, but the great irony in the early Christian movement wasn't whether a Jewish person could believe Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah but whether a Gentile could come to such a faith. In the first half of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles (which records the early history of the Christians from somewhere in the 30's CE to mid-60's CE) we read that all those who confessed Yeshua as the Messiah were Jews. It isn't until Acts 10 (about a dozen years after Yeshua's death) that we read about the first Gentile convert. Disciples of Yeshua in Acts as a "group" are typically called a "sect" of Judaism (e.g. Acts 24:5,14; cf. 26:5). My general point is that the early Christians were composed of Jews and Gentiles and were often "lumped in" with all the Jewish sects by the Romans (e.g. in Acts 18 the Roman Emperor Claudius expells the Jewish people from Rome, among them being some believers in Yeshua like Aquila and Priscilla). In many ways they remained thoroughly Jewish (how much is disputed).

I mention all of this because the "Last Supper" in the Synoptic Gospels is a Jewish Passover Seder. They went to Jerusalem and prepared the passover (Matthew 26:17-20 = Mark 14:12-17 = Like 22:7ff) and they ate the Passover (Matt. 26:21 = Mark 14:18 = Luke 22:20). In these chapters there are many distinctive practices particular to a Passover Seder such as blessings, a number of glasses of win, dipping, reclining at the table, possibly the breaking of the Afikomen, the singing of the Hallel, and so forth. There are many Christian views/prcatices in regards to "communion" but the instition is rooted in Passover, and in particular a Seder (which a tradition Eucharist still has many remnants of). It appears that in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians that his direct reference to the bread and wine institutions (1Co. 11:23ff; cf. the Gospel chapters above) is in the context of the Passover (1Co. 5:6-8 where he says, among other things, "therefore let us keep the Festival").

In the period following the Apostles (as well as the destruction of the Temple and expulsion of the Jewish people from Israel in 70CE and 134CE, respectively) there arose a significant controversy in the early Church in regards to the timing of the Passover. The issue was that many Churches, especially those in Asia Minor, continued to observe "Pascha" in conjunction with the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Those who defended this practice (like Polycarp and Polycrates) claim that this practice was passed down to them by the Apostles themselves. Victor, the bishop of Rome, went as far as to "excommunicate" those who continued this practice, although this was later rescinded. (Some relevant Ante-Nicene Church Father references: Irenaeus 1.569; Polycrates 8.773f; Firmilian 5.391; Hippolytus 5.123; Anatolius 6.146-151.) Of special note are the "Nazarenes sect" who traced themselves back to the Jerusalem Church (see Acts 24:5) who continued to observe all of the Torah (including the "Quartodeciman" Passover) without compromising their faith in Yeshua.

In summary: While there is a distinct conceptual chasm between Christianity and Judaism in modern times this division wasn't so clear in the very early Church. While modern Christians continue to struggle for a position of unity on the issues of "Continuity and Discontinuity" in regards to the "Law & Gospel" topic there is no dispute that there were many early Christians who were zealous for the law and maintained Yeshua was the Messiah (e.g. Acts 21:20). The two positions were not antithetical in the early Church. As the above short survey demonstrated this included the observance of Passover (by at least some).

While most Christians have a different practice in these regards and many would cast the above points from a different angle, this is our understanding. I am sure we have areas of misunderstanding (hence we try to avoid being overly dogmatic) in general we try to read the Bible contextualized in its historical setting (be it the Ancient Near East or 2nd Temple Judaism) and not from a creedal or modern context. We try to avoid anachronistically reading later practices and beliefs into the text (where possible) and have come to, in general, an appreciation of the New Testament in a "Jewish" context. This wasn't our priori assumption but where we have "arrived" in general from our studies.

As for the modern movement of "Messianic Judaism" it is composed of both Jews and Gentiles who "appreciate" to one degree or another the Jewish roots and heritage of the Christian faith. (I have to be vague because the movement is diverse and vague!) Personally, we tend to gravitate toward a position that sees significant continuity in regards to the Torah and view the Torah in general as a form of grace. As a backdrop, many Christians look at the law in a tripartite view of Moral, Civil, and Ceremonial laws; hence Reformed Christians see a continuity of Moral laws from the Torah, Theonomists see the contunity of the Moral and Civil laws from the Torah. Dispensationalism has a number of views, but most see a paradigm of "it needs to be restated" or go from the perspective of each commandment on a "case-by-case" basis based on a reflection of the teachings in the New Testament ... in in between all these views are hundreds of mitigating positions and nuances outside the scope of this blog! We don't view the Law as being divisible in the tripartite segments and gravitate toward a position that many, but not all, of the "tension" passages in the New Testament about the Torah are in regards to use [e.g. for justification] and not relevance. This would be the position of many "Messianics" (Jews and Gentiles in the movement labeled Messianic Judaism) who continue to practice the Torah.

The purpose of Tammy's blog isn't to evangelize our specific points of faith (I am certain many people are disagreeing with me on many of the above points!) but it intended to be edifying in a general sense as well as a window into our home life which we try to keep centered on YHWH's Word. That said we don't try to "hide" our faith and the broader aspects of our faith (like our faith in Yeshua and focus on scriptures) may come across as dogmatic and as passive evangelism.

Our intent isn't to offend anyone, Jew or Gentile, nor to dogmatically argue these points here. We are more than happy to answer questions--and on our part we will try to be as fair as possibly by qualifying our statements and giving reasonable nods in the direction that our view is by no means the majority position!--but we do not wish to engage debates on these issues on Tammy's blog. Her goal is to encourage and edify as well as express her hope, faith, and joy in our God.

**We understand people will disagree with us on many points. If you anyone has been rubbed the wrong way by any of our posts (not our intent!) and would like to address any errors they believe we have please use the contact form and email us. We will try to reply :) We won't publish dogmatic posts though (again, please use the contact form!) We don't want to discourage questions though on the website!We will try to answer questions, like Laura's, the best we can within the scope and "spirit" of Tammysrecipes.com. We want this website to be a blessing and encouragement to others, those who may agree with us as well as to those who may disagree (especially those who disagree!) We don't mind answering questions publically, but if you wish to express a disagreement that is "off topic" for the site please use the contact form. You can even post in your own blog a trackback and post why you disagree and ask us to respond on your blog! :) We are flexible! **

Laura, thank you for your question and I hope my reply answers some of your questions. :) (Btw, your question was well in bounds... we are trying to keep devisive arguements about WHY we are wrong/right off her blog BUT we don't mind offering explainations for clarification on the blog itself).

Hi Tammy,Me too was busy . Last week I had my son's birthday.
I am happy to know about Yehoshua.Wish him happy birthday.

Happy Birthday, Yehoshua!

Glad to hear that your Passover celebration went well. We always enjoy ours. Our meat burned a little! But it didn't matter. We've been reading the original story of the Passover and want to keep going (Exodus is such a fascinating and meaningful book); next weekend we hope to go on and read about the time of Jesus' crucifiction and resurrection, just to tie it all together.

Blessings to you and yours :)

Happy birthday, Yehoshua! The cake looks really good, Tammy. :)

I tried your matzo ball soup for our passover and I loved it. Hubby thought it was just okay, but that's because I took all the chicken out of it and used it for our main course. He was, however, stealing cooked matzo balls whenever I turned my back! :P

Silly question: when Pesach is on Sunday and you have Shabbat right before it, do you still cook on Shabbat or do you make everything Friday night and just reheat?

But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord]. --Isaiah 62:4

What a big boy! :-) I like his expression in the second shot. So hard to believe he's grown up that much already.

The cake looks yummy! If we don't have any powdered sugar (which is most of the time, LOL), we put granulated sugar in the nut grinder for a bit. It doesn't come out quite as fine as "real" powdered sugar, but makes a decent substitute.

Hi guys, Laura here again!

Thanks to both of you for taking the time to explain things to me. Now that you mention it, I do remember knowing at one time that the Last Supper was actually a seder. Somehow I forgot about that!

Joshua, your explanation was much clearer than Wikipedia's (LOL!) and I thank you for it. I think I have a better understanding now of your beliefs. I find religion (any religion!) so fascinating, it was nice to learn some new things.

To the person who asked about cooking for the holiday after the Sabbath, may I just say that Jews all over the world had a very tough time with that this year! We had to cook all the food before Shabbat (what we call it) because the holiday started right after Shabbat was over.

Tammy and Joshua,

Thank you so much for taking the time to do all you do over this blog.
I am also a homeschooling mum of 4 - aged 7, 5, 3 and 1 1/2. So much of my life is just like yours, and yet I have never met anyone face to face who shares as many similarities!

I am also a Messianic Christian (if such a name exists ;) , but having arrived at such a point through simple faith and deeply seeking study of the scriptures, I am somewhat alone in this. My family is Christian in the 'mainstream' sence, and my husband leads worship at our church. Last March, he had the enormous grace (and trust) to bless me with agreeing to support me in opening our family to the wonders of the Biblical feasts and Sabbath, without having the slightest idea what that would entail ;) I am eternaly grateful! I also felt called to cover my head whenever I go out, and although this again is something totally unheard of in my family (and in my church), he has never criticised me.
So it is such a great blessing to me to accidently stumble across your blog, and discover your lovely family....oh how I wish I had friends here like you :))

Thank you so much for the encouragement that opening your 'world' to me has brung. I shall sleep with a smile on my face tonight, knowing that I have a 'sister' out there somewhere who is so much like me ;)

Much love,

I found this website last night when I was looking for Unleavened Bread recipes. I will admit to being up HOURS longer than I should looking around the site, I find it fascinating. What wonderful recipes, and to see you living your faith is amazing! As I am the only one in my family who keeps Shabbat and studies Torah, it has been difficult to keep the Holy Day feasts without any complaints. But thanks to you, I believe I have found recipes that I can prepare (and for me, keep ULB in my house) and the rest will still have wonderful meals without complaint.

Thank you so much! I love this website and want to commend you on a job well done. You have a beautiful family!!

Blessings for your family,

Thank you, Lisa! :)

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