The Hebrew word hallel means ‘to boast,’ ‘celebrate’ and ‘shine.’ The word is found 165 times in Scripture. The word ‘halleluyah’ comes from hallel and means ‘Praise Yah.’ Psalms chapters 113 to 118 are known as ‘The Hallel.’ These Psalms were sung as prayers by worshipers climbing the steps to the Temple to worship Adonai during the three festival gatherings: Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot and Hanukkah.
Parashah 36: B’ha’alotkha (When you set up)
Numbers 8:1-12:16 “Adonai said to Moshe, ‘Tell Aharon, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to cast their light forward, in front of the menorah’” (Numbers 8:1-2). The Branch The seven lamps of the Menorah were to cast their light forward. Where the Menorah sat in the Holy Place, the light would…
Parashah 15: Bo (Go)
This parashah is entitled Bo. In Hebrew, bo has two meanings: ‘Go’ and ‘Come.’ As Adonai continues to judge Egypt, He is bringing Pharaoh to the point where he tells the Hebrews to ‘Go’ while also preparing the Israelites to ‘Come’ to Him. This parashah describes the last three judgments on Egypt and ends with Passover.
‘Communion’ or Passover
During one of our family Shabbat studies, my daughter asked, “Why do some churches for communion drink wine first and then give you bread while others offer the bread first and then drink the wine?” What a powerful question from an eight-year-old child. We wanted to answer her question honestly so we read Luke 22 and the account of Yeshua and ‘communion.’