The HEBREW CALENDAR    די עבֿרית קאַלענדאַר

Passover and Easter, are written and encircled with great promise for both the Christian and Jew.  But to the Jew, the Resurrection story celebrated at Easter is repugnant because of what actually surfaces during Easter by extremists injected with the deep lines of hatred.  Passover, a season of Jewish freedom on one hand and Easter a legacy of martyrdom for the Christian and fear of reprisal for the Jew on another. It took centuries for this to subside yet today in some places there are those who are sick and retarded and follow this culture.

PASSOVER - April 14,-22, 2014
Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel, but little attention is paid to this aspect of the holiday.  Most holidays of the Christians and Jews were tied to the seasons of birth and harvest as celebrated by the pagans.

The primary observances of Pesach are related to the Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery.   The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand.  Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. 

Thus, the first Passover Seder is held on the evening of the first date listed. Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.  The first two days of Passover from sundown of the first date listed, until nightfall two days later are full-fledged, no-work-allowed holiday days. The subsequent four days are work allowed in, albeit with restrictions.

EASTER - April 20, 2114
In both Greek and Latin, the 2nd-century Christian celebration was called Pascha, derived, through Aramaic, from the Hebrew term “Pesach” known in English as Passover, the Jewish festival commemorating the story of the Exodus.

The modern English term Easter, cognates with modern German Ostern, developed from the Old English word Ēastre or Ēostre.  This is generally held to have originally referred to the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess, Ēostre, a form of the widely attested Indo-European dawn goddess.

The evidence for the Anglo-Saxon goddess, however, has not been universally accepted, and some have proposed that Eostre may have meant "the month of opening" or that the name Easter may have arisen from the designation of Easter Week in Latin as in alibis.

In Western Christianity, Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. The date varies for EASTER as the early  church fathers wished to keep the observance of Easter in correlation to the Jewish Passover

Because the believed death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, they wanted Easter to always be celebrated subsequent to the Passover.

And, since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year. Today in Western Christianity, Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year.

Jesus, the healer of Nazareth, the enthusiastic lover of his country and people, felt himself called, to deliver the Holy Land from the hand of the cruel Roman, who at that time held Palestine as his tributary province.  

His enthusiasm, seconded by a number of faithful disciples and a host of followers, begot in them the thought that their inspired Master was in truth their long-expelled Messiah, the Deliverer of the people, the Savior of the nation.

He threw himself into the current of his people's delirious hope, and, like many another enthusiast and revolutionist, was swept by his ardor into destruction. They acclaimed him in public procession, in the capital of the tributary nation, "King of the Jews!" and he accepted their acclamation. 

It might have been a harmless delusion, had not Rome, at that time of constant seditions among the people, been especially vigilant against would-be deliverers of the tributary province, and especially severe against agitators, prophets, and Messiahs.

That acclamation was heard by the garrison in the fortress of Antonia, close to the Temple. It meant the doom of the acclaimed. He was seized in the dead of the night, and made to pay the penalty of his love for his country and people by a traitor's death upon the cross, at the hand of the cruel Roman.

This is the summary of one of the saddest lives of history, of one of the noblest sons of Israel, which has told at greater length in the preceding discourses of all of humanity. Thus stripped of mythical accretions and ecclesiastical falsifications, it is the Jew’s story of the life and deeds of Jesus, the Rabbi and patriot of Nazareth.  If one reduces this to the simplest of terms today, it would be expressed as the MEDIA ran with the story.

FACT:  Jesus being a Jew, loved not hated the Jews and the beloved of, not hated by the Jews.  Jesus was not tried by the Jews, his condemnation and death was at the hand of the Romans.  He was not the innocent victim of the vengeful persecutions of the Jews.

According to Roman Law Jesus died a traitor’s death (Crucification) at the hands of the Roman Governor Pontious Pilot because of his political offense against Rome.   He was accused of being “The king of the Jews”  which went against all Roman Law.   

There is no proof of his having died by Roman law a heretic’s death.  According to Jewish Law, there is no proof of Jesus condemned, in legal proceedings, for the crime of having cursed Jehovah.  The Jews having had no motive adequate to the bitterness of their persecution of Jesus.

Jesus never having preached a doctrine, performed a deed, advocated a reform, that was not strictly Jewish.  He never expressed thoughts of separating himself from his people and of founding an anti-Jewish creed.

The Church extremeis is permeated with unbelief. The pulpit is harassed by doubt;  to be contrary to history and reason; it knows that mankind is not yet saved, despite the story of a Savior having come.  That mankind is sinful still, despite the story of a suffering Messiah. Absorbing the transgressions of man; that there is not yet peace on earth nor good will among men.

It is the humanity of Jesus that has appealed to mankind, not his divinity.  It is the religion of Jesus, the Jew, not the theology of Christ, the God, that has conquered the world.  Pragmatically, it was Jesus, the man, served to the sorrow-laden, sinful and fallen, this is what conquered the hearts of men. not Christ, the God, who ascended in the sight of man, to take his seat at God’s "right hand," whatever that may be, in a "Heaven," somewhere in interstellar space.

If we just had the old Testament there would be an inspiring biography of a leader and teacher of whom both Jew and Christian might well be proud - the Jew for having reared him, - the Christian for having given him to the world;

If one lives by the new testaments, there are paradoxes. It speaks of the duty of loving the enemy, and does not even love the friend.  It speaks of the duty of resisting no evil, and yet inflicts evil where there is not only no offense but even no resistance.  It speaks of doing good to evil-doers, and yet does evil even to its benefactors, the Jews.

Even though on Friday last it was the theme, throughout Christendom, that Jesus died for man, it is my conviction that Jesus has not, as yet, begun to live for man.  If Christians really believed the life of Jesus they would live it, and love it.

Christians weren’t so innocent.  The stories of the massacres of the Saxons, Waldensians, and Albigenses, and the atrocities against Mohammedans and Jews during the Crusades, that cost the lives of five millions of human beings. The story of the Inquisition, which, during the five hundred years of its accursed existence, gorged itself on the heart’s blood of hundreds of thousands of Christians as well as Jews.  

The story of the St. Bartholomew-night massacre, that cost the lives of fifty-thousand human beings, and in honor of which Pope Gregory XIII went in solemn state to church to render thanksgiving, and had a coin struck, and proclaimed that year a Year of Jubilee.

It is the holiday of the month in which Israel walked out from under the shadow of Egyptian tyranny, and in that same month, centuries later brought a brutality worse than the one from which they had been released. 

In the Synagogue, his heart swelled with pride and joy at being a Jew. It promised the Jew, life, freedom and yet... it is the month that brought him death and religious persecution during the Inquisition and later in the Ghetto.  Once again  he was being persecuted and thrown into bondage. He suffered humiliation, pillage, and massacre for being born a Jew.

In the church, during Easter Christians sang exultant hymns to the glory of the resurrected Jew of Nazareth.  For the Jew, it is the month of the greatest martyrdoms in Israel between the days of Good Friday and Easter Monday.  The Christian's Easter worship throughout the Dark and Middle Ages, meant, for the Jew, the CHRISTIAN extremists who riot and ruin, pillage and plunder, outrage and atrocity, torture and death.   
And the Super Bowl of prejudice, The Inquisition, one of the the highlights of inhumanity and at the same time Easter Sunday, there was glorification of the Jew of Nazareth in the churches. 


We as Jews did not kill your Savior, the Romans did.  Learn history, we were wood workers not cross builders.  It is not in our DNA and the tenets of God handed down to us to kill a Rabbi.  Jesus was a Rabbi or Teacher.  

All one has to do is look back in the history, the road entrance alone to Rome at one time held the crucifixions of as many as two hundred thirty crucifixes at one time.  Crucifixion was used for slaves, pirates, and enemies of the state for high treason.    It was considered a most shameful and disgraceful way to die. Condemned Roman citizens were usually exempt from crucifixion except for major crimes against the state, such as high treason.

Notorious mass crucifixions followed the Third Servile War in 73–71 BC, actually the slave rebellion under Spartacus to frighten other slaves from revolting.   Over 6000 were crucified by Crassus,  Spartacus’ men along the Appian Way from Capua to Rome.  Julius Caesar was a senior advisor to Crassus.

Josephus tells a story of the Romans crucifying people along the walls of Jerusalem. He also says that the Roman soldiers would amuse themselves by crucifying criminals in different positions. In Roman-style crucifixion, the condemned could take up to a few days to die.  The dead body was left up for vultures and other birds to consume. 

Under ancient Roman penal practice, crucifixion was also a means of exhibiting the criminal's low social status. It was the lowest form of death imaginable, originally reserved for slaves. The citizen class of Roman society was almost never subject to capital punishments; instead, they were fined or exiled.  

Josephus mentions Jews of high rank who were crucified, but this was to point out that their status had been taken away from them.  The Romans often broke the prisoner's legs to hasten death and usually forbade burial.  They left them for the vultures.  


"That Jews were slaughtering Christians and used their blood for the Passover bread”    Nice touch but it will never change the dynamics of unleavened bread called Matzohs.  What scumbag could have even thought this statement up.  It was perpetrated by the ignorant, sometimes brutal, fanatical, priest-ridden people, in their complete ignorance of what God had done for the Jews.

Passover bread is unleavened bread meaning no rising ingredients or yeast. Let me tell you something of Matzos, this bread is made entirely of wheat, flour and water and contains nothing else, period and it looks like and tastes like cardboard, yuck!  Solution:  Smother it...I guarantee you because Manishevitz the certified Matzo maker vendor of Passover guarantees nothing other than 100% wheat, flour and water, and by themselves Matzohs taste horrid.  And if it wasn’t for jelly, butter, cream cheese, peanut butter, liberally spread on, I could not get it down, period.


Jan Hus (1369 – 6 July 1415)
Often referred to in English as John Hus or John Huss, was a Czech priest, philosopher, reformer, and master at Charles University in Prague. Hus is considered the first Church reformer, as he lived before Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli.

He was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church, including those on ecclesiology, the Eucharist, and other theological topics. Hus was a key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the sixteenth century, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Europe, most immediately in the approval of a reformist Bohemian religious denomination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther.

Girolamo Savonarola, 1452-1498
The Italian religious and political reformer, entered the Dominican order at Bologna. In a convent at Brescia his zeal won attention, and in 1489 he was recalled to Florence. His second appearance in the pulpit of San Marco -- on the sinfulness and apostasy of the time -- was a great popular triumph, and by some he was hailed as an inspired prophet.

To the adherents of the Medici therefore, Savonarola early became an object of suspicion but till the death of Lorenzo in 1492, his relations with the Church were at least not antagonistic and when, in 1493, a reform of the Dominican order in Tuscany was proposed under his auspices, it was approved by the pope, and Savonarola was named the first vicar-general but now his preaching began to point plainly to a political revolution as the divinely-ordained means for the regeneration of religion and morality.

His gift of prophecy led to his being cited in 1495 to answer a charge of heresy at Rome and on his failing to appear he was forbidden to preach. In 1497 came a sentence of excommunication from Rome;  He was brought to trial for falsely claiming to have seen visions, and uttered prophecies, for religious error, and for sedition. 

Under torture he made avowals, which he afterwards withdrew. He was declared guilty, the sentence confirmed by Rome. On May 23, 1498, this extraordinary man and two Dominican disciples were hanged and burned, still professing their adherence to the Church.

Galileo Galilei  15 Feb.1564 - 8 Jan.1642
Was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope, incredible astronomical observations and support for Copernican’s theory.  That the sun is the center of the Universe and not the earth.  Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy, modern physics", and "the Father of Modern Science".

His contributions include the confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

Galileo's championing of heliocentrism ( another form of Copernicans theory) was controversial within his lifetime, The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, and they concluded that it could be supported as only a possibility, not an established fact.

Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated him and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point. He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest

It was while Galileo was under house arrest that he wrote one of his finest works, Two New Sciences, in which he summarized the work he had done some forty years earlier, on the two sciences now called kinematics and strength of materials.

Michael Servetus  29 Sept 1509 or 1511 – 27 Oct 1553
Was a Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer, and Renaissance humanist. He was the first European to correctly describe the function of pulmonary circulation. He was a polymath versed in many sciences: mathematics, astronomy and meteorology, geography, human anatomy, medicine and pharmacology, as well as jurisprudence, translation, poetry and the scholarly study of the Bible in its original languages.

He is renowned in the history of several of these fields, particularly medicine and theology. He participated in the Protestant Reformation, and later developed a non-Trinitarian Christology.  Condemned by Catholics and Protestants alike, he was arrested in Geneva and burnt at the stake as a heretic by order of the Protestant Geneva governing council.

Calvin believed Servetus deserving of death on account of what he termed as his "execrable blasphemies". Calvin expressed these sentiments in a letter to Farel, written about a week after Servetus’ arrest, in which he also mentioned an exchange with Servetus. 

As Servetus was not a citizen of Geneva, and legally could at worst be banished, the government, in an attempt to find some plausible excuse to disregard this legal reality, had consulted with other Swiss Reformed cantons (Zürich, Bern, Basel, Schaffhausen.)  

They universally favored his condemnation and suppression of his doctrine, but without saying how that should be accomplished.  Martin Luther had condemned his writing in strong terms. Servetus and Philip Melanchthon had strongly hostile views of each other. 

The party called the "Libertines", who were generally opposed to anything and everything John Calvin supported, were in this case strongly in favour of the execution of Servetus at the stake (while Calvin urged that he be beheaded instead).  In fact, the council that condemned Servetus was presided over by Perrin, a Libertine who ultimately on 24 October sentenced Servetus to death by burning for denying the Trinity and infant baptism.

When Calvin requested that Servetus be executed by decapitation as a traitor rather than by fire as a heretic, Farel, in a letter of 8 September, chided him for undue lenience.  The Geneva Council refused his request. On 27 October 1553 Servetus was burned at the stake just outside Geneva with what was believed to be the last copy of his book chained to his leg. Historians record his last words as: "Jesus, Son of the Eternal God, have mercy on me.

November 10 is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the massive NAZI brown shirt pogrom launched against the country’s Jewish population that resulted in at least 91 deaths, thousands of people sent to concentration camps, and more than 1,000 Jewish businesses burned to the ground.

That was seven decades ago. Still, according to a report by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), anti-Semitism remains a reality for many Jews in Europe. The survey questioned 5,847 people who identified as Jewish in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden, and the U.K. The results are disturbing  published in Der Spiegel.

76 % - Respondents who said they had noticed an uptick in anti-Semitic hostility in their home country over the last five years.
66 % - Respondents who said anti-Semitism was still a problem in Europe.
46 % - Respondents who said they were afraid of being verbally harassed because they were Jewish.

Those numbers led the FRA to conclude that "while member states have made sustained efforts to combat anti-Semitism, the problem is still widespread.”  The study was limited to Europe. Anti-Semitism, however, is not.

The explanation of why anti-Semitism has persisted from the early days of Christianity to the Internet Age is long and complex. 

Regardless of its historical origins, the fact remains that the problem is actually getting worse.  “Anti-Semitism is acceptable again,” Annette Kahane, director of a German anti-discrimination group, told the BBC. “ t must be said clearly — those who say something anti-Semitic tacitly legitimize physical attacks on Jews.”   
Susan Nota, a volunteer for the Jewish Federation near Pine Bush, put it another way.  "I teach about the Holocaust," she said to the Times. "I know what can happen when people look the other way.”  As well we know, and it will never forget or let it happen again...