March 27, 2020

Whats Pesach Sheni?

As you remember in our last post related to Passover, there is a biblical precedence that we can used in order fulfill the Mitzvah related to Passover. According to scripture, when someone is not able to gather for Passover due to becoming unclean, or because of distance, the Torah provides a solution. This solution is called Pesach Sheni (Second Passover). This is what the scriptures says:

A year after the ExodusGod instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of the fourteenth of Nissan, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done the previous year just before they left Egypt.

  • “There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron . . . and they said: ‘. . . Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present God’s offering in its time, among the children of Israel?’” (Numbers 9:6–7).

In response to their plea, God established the 14th of Iyar as a day for the “Second Passover” (Pesach Sheni) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month.

  • Numbers 9:1-3: The Lord spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, 2 “Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. 3 Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.”
  • Numbers 9:9-14: Then the Lord said to Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, 11 but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations. 13 But if anyone who is ceremonially clean and not on a journey fails to celebrate the Passover, they must be cut off from their people for not presenting the Lord’s offering at the appointed time. They will bear the consequences of their sin. 14 “‘A foreigner residing among you is also to celebrate the Lord’s Passover in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for both the foreigner and the native-born.’”

Using this presented principle, we have officially schedule May 7th, as Pesach Sheni. We’ll be celebrating this celebration at the venue already in schedule; The Crystal Room, starting at 7 P.M.

If you have any question, or if any of our brethren who leaves outside of New England would like to get a refund because they’re not able to make it on May 7th, write us an email; we’ll do our best to send your refund a soon as possible or, we can always give you credit for next year’s Passover.

Thanks in advance

Sincerely,

Ely Hernandez
Senior Pastor/ Moreh


In Person gatherings

March 18, 2020

TAP family,

Due to the spread of coronavirus in our community and the call to limit exposure through large gatherings, we’ve made the decision to temporarily suspend all large in-person gatherings at all campuses (Houston, Argentina and Venezuela).

While most in our community are taking efforts to self-quarantine if they think they could be ill, the medical community believes that patients who test positive for COVID-19 may be contagious for days before they even realize that they’re sick. The CDC and WHO are advising cities and families to avoid large public gatherings, so we want to join this effort out of an abundance of caution and care for the most vulnerable in our community.

Know that we do not make this decision lightly. We believe that corporate worship is a biblical mandate for believers in covenant and we want to resume in-person gatherings as quickly as possible. Rhode Island just declared state of emergency, and as a community of faith, we feel a responsibility to be part of the solution and not the problem of spreading the virus.

The good news is that you can still gather with us at our Online!

Our Online Gathering is already our largest campus, and now is a great time to experience one of the fastest-growing communities of TAP. When you join us online, you’ll enjoy the same worship service you would experience in-person. You can also join in on an interactive, staff-hosted live chat where our members gather to discuss the message, connect with others, give, and even share prayer requests.

How to Join Our Online Gatheing

Our Online gatherings Starts Saturday at 12 p.m.

Here’s how to join us:

Our Online Gatherings is available every Saturday at 12 p.m. and we may host other events in this venue depending on how long the health crisis continues.

Be a Digital Missionary

While it’s easy to feel like life is on pause during an event like this, we believe that God is still at work in and through messiahs’ body. When you think of reaching your neighbors and friends, you might default to thinking of in-person discussions or asking them to attend a church event. With many concerned about coronavirus and the emergency response throughout the nation, we think this is actually a great opportunity to share the hope of Messiah Yeshua and invite your friends to join you Online.

A simple way to do this is to host a “Watch Party” on Facebook. This enables you to invite your Facebook friends to a private group chat interface as you watch the Shabbat teaching together. You can get started by using the “Add to Your Post” section at the bottom of Facebook’s “What’s On Your Mind?” window, or by following Facebook’s instructions here.

A Note About Giving

If you’re a regular giver, please continue to be faithful with your generosity at The Awakening Place. You may not know this, but in the rare event that we’ve closed for a snow day, it’s difficult to recover from just one missed gathering for the rest of the year. Your weekly gifts are a vital resource that allows us to continue the work that God has called us to do, and our in-person Shabbat services only represent a small portion of that work. When you continue to give, your gifts allow us to maintain critical ministries that many depend on.

You can give online at any time tapministry.org/give-2, or securely text method by texting your donation at 84321. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to give!

What About Torah Bits?

Our Torah Bits are suspended along with our other in-person gatherings.

What About Pesach 2020?

Unfortunately, due the new enforced policy banning any gatherings with over 25 people until April 7, we’ll have to move our Pesach gathering to the month of May. According to scripture, when someone is not able to gather for Passover due to becoming unclean, or because of distance, the Torah provides a solution. This solution is called Pesach Sheni (Second Passover). This is what the scriptures says:

  • Numbers 9:1-3: The Lord spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, 2 “Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. 3 Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.”
  • Numbers 9:9-3: Then the Lord said to Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, 11 but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations. 13 But if anyone who is ceremonially clean and not on a journey fails to celebrate the Passover, they must be cut off from their people for not presenting the Lord’s offering at the appointed time. They will bear the consequences of their sin. 14 “‘A foreigner residing among you is also to celebrate the Lord’s Passover in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for both the foreigner and the native-born.’”

Using this precedence, we can clearly have a Pesach Sheni during the second month. Pesach Sheni falls this year May 7-8. We are considering at this point any dates between May 7 to May 9. We’ll keep you posted once our new date has been confirmed.

Thank You once again,

In Messiah Yeshua,

Ely Hernandez
Senior Pastor/Moreh

 

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