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Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner March 2023

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Corner March 2023

By Eric Carlson in 03_2024_2 on March 1, 2024

Shalom Mishpocha,
March has arrived, spring is just around the corner! The first day of spring is Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 11:06 p.m. EDT. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this was marked by the arrival of the Vernal Equinox. This is the earliest arrival of spring in 124 years! Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 when the clocks are moved forward one hour. March is one of our most beautiful periods as everything is blooming and the air is warming! March is the time for spring cleanup as we prepare our gardens for planting! It’s a joy to be spending more time outside!

The name March comes from Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman god of war, and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. Martius was the beginning of the season for warfare, and the festivals held in his honor during the month were mirrored by others in October, when the season for these activities ended. Even in late antiquity, Roman mosaics picturing the months still placed March first.

Sunday, March 17th, 2024, is St, Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland” he brought the Gospel to Ireland. He baptized thousands of people and ordained priests to lead the new Christian communities across the land.

Purim (Lot’s) begins at sunset, Saturday March 23rd, 2024. We will host our Purim service on Shabbat, Friday March 22nd, 2024. Remember to get your costume ready (nothing demonic or improper) as we honor Esthers’ hidden identity.

Lastly, next month (April) we celebrate Pesach (Passover) at Sunset, Sunday April 21st, 2024 while Easter is celebrated Sunday March 31st 2024. How can this be? The date that Easter is celebrated was changed by the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea I 325 C.E. The celebration was purposely separated from Passover, its date determined each year through a calculation known as computus (Latin for ‘computation’). Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon on or after 21 March (a fixed approximation of the March equinox). The Council of Nicaea accordingly required the feast of the resurrection to be celebrated (Easter) on a Sunday and never on the day of Passover. The Council emphasized that Easter should never coincide with Passover. This was based on the belief that Christians should have no association with those involved (Jews) in Christ’s crucifixion. The emperor himself [Constantine] writing to the churches after the council of Nicaea, exhorts, ‘At this meeting the question concerning the most holy day of Easter was discussed, and it was resolved by the united judgment of all present that this feast ought to be kept by all and in every place on one and the same day [Easter Sunday]…And first of all it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hand with enormous sin. It’s through actions like this that we see the roots of Antisemitism in the Church. Yeshua was crucified and resurrected in the Feast of Passover as recorded in scripture! This is what the Body of Messiah should celebrate!

May the Light of Yeshua shine upon you and bestow upon you the character traits of patience, perseverance, love, and kindness so that you may be a beacon of hope for all those around you. As spring ushers in its warmth and vibrancy, may you be reminded of the beauty and magnificence of Adonai’s creation and be inspired to seek out the good in every situation. May you share the “Good News” everywhere with all whom you cross paths with! Adonai, as you restore and renew your creation in the springtime, we thank You for Your desire to restore and renew our hearts, bodies, souls, and minds! In Yeshua’s might name, Amen!

Shalom and Blessings,
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Carlson!