Judaism is not monolithic, with a central authority whose decisions are binding on all Jews, all rabbis or all congregations. Often there are a variety of interpretations, explanations and practices regarding a particular matter.
Christianity puts great emphasis on creeds and detailed doctrinal statements and tends to regard a particular view or interpretation as either "correct" or "incorrect/false". Judaism--even Messianic Judaism--represents a much more holistic view. Often, several different interpretations or explanations are considered "acceptable" even if from the Greek-influenced Western/ Hellenistic/ modernist mindset they would be considered inconsistent.
have a grossly distorted view of the Jewish Passover.
associate Passover with the Crucifixion, they think
it is a very sad time. They think Passover is sad for
Jews. For this reason, many Christians "distance"
themselves from Jewish friends and acquaintances at
this time of the year, sort of like trying to avoid
a person near the anniversary of his child's death so
you won't accidentally add to his sorrow.
To Jews, however,
Passover is a celebration
-- the anniversary of the night God delivered them from
should be aware that Passover has strong religious significance
for Jews, like Resurrection Sunday (Easter) and Christmas
Seder is a joyous occasion,
including singing and dancing. Just as many Christians
would be highly offended if someone were to get Protestant
or Catholic materials and "act out" the Lord's
Supper or a Mass, "just to see what it's like",
many Jews are offended by Christians who--for all practical
purposes--are "acting it out" instead of actually
If you hold
a Messianic Seder, please
realize that Passover is a religious
ceremony ordained by God
and do it with appropriate reverence!
|Leviticus 23 says, "These are the feasts of
the Lord" not
"the feasts of the Jews"
or "the feasts of the Hebrews"
or "the feasts of the Israelites"!
materials on this site are not a 'dramatization'.
These are actual Messianic Seder materials. They
are followed as a script; they are not memorized
or only used as a guideline.
it is long. A true
Seder includes a full meal and takes about five