Jewish Herald-Voice (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 100, No. 55, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 2, 2009 Page: 1 of 44
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The Texas Gulf Coast’s Jewish Newspaper Since 1908
April 2, 2009 - 8 Nisan 5769_£_Volume C - Number 55_$_Houston, Texas_$_Two Sections_£_$1 Per Copy
Wishing you a Happy Passover
JHV: MICHAEL DUKE
Congregation Beth El’s preschool students learned about Passover and made their
own matzah at Chabad Outreach on March 30. Earnestly rolling out dough were
4-year-olds Dalia Kohn and Gregory Weiss, students in Shelley Frank’s class.
Since we met at Mt. Sinai, Jews around the world have pursued freedom.
On Wednesday evening, April 8, we will gather at Passover Seders and begin
the Festival of Freedom.
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Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, who has kept us
alive and sustained us and allowed us to reach this season.
Teaching children from around our community, Chabad Outreach of
Houston’s Rabbi Mendy Traxler set up its annual Model Matzah Bakery, where
day and religious school students and Friendship Circle members learned the
art of making and eating their own matzah.
We hope you enjoy your Passover magazine, which was mailed this week.
May this Passover be one of peace, for our community, for Israel and for
- The Samuels Family and the staff of the Jewish Herald-Voice
When failure pays off
Who’s the new face of Mideast
“peacemaker” at Rice University’s
Baker Institute? Surely, it is not
someone who has found excuses
for suicide bombers, has been
a war profiteer and is a failed
“peacemaker” herself. See
Editorial on Page 16.
UofH newspaper apologizes for printing Holocaust denial ad.........
Houston Hadassah honors two inspirational women..............
Night school resumes at Congregation Beth Israel...............
Mission to Israel, Part 4..............................
Messianics pervert Passover at
some Houston-area churches
Deceptive tactics harm healthy Jewish-Christian relations, experts say
By MICHAEL C. DUKE
As local Jews have been
preparing to commemorate their
ancestors’ freedom from Egyptian
bondage, recounted during the
annual Passover Seder and related
observances, several Houston-area
churches have been hosting their
own “Passover” events, aimed at
implanting Christian, Jesus-centric
messages in what are wholly
For example, some missionary
Christians argue that the three
pieces of matzah on the Seder plate
represent the Christian Trinity:
“Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” They
claim that the middle piece of
matzah, which is broken in half and
made into the afikomen, represents
Jesus, as he was crucified on the
cross. They further argue that the
afikomen is hidden, as Jesus was
buried, and later is found and taken
back to the Seder table, symbolizing
that Jesus was “resurrected.”
Taking the imagery further, these
missionaries argue that the holes
in the matzah, which form a stripe
pattern, represent the holes in Jesus’
hands and feet, and represent the
striped lashings that Jesus endured,
which they interpret from Isaiah
as a fulfillment of the messianic
Such perversions, however, have
no basis in reality. Matzah, today,
has its distinctive holes and stripe
pattern as a result of the mechanical
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The Bay Area Christian Church is among
several local Christian congregations to
be hosting a “Passover” program aimed
at reinterpreting Jewish rituals through a
matzah-making process, which only
dates back to the 1800s. Another
relatively new invention is the hiding
of the afikomen. This tradition was
introduced in the 1600s in Germany,
as a way to keep children’s attention
during the Seder meal and service.
Yet, some missionaries point to these
very examples as “evidence” of “The
Hebraic Roots of Christianity,” either
completely ignorant, or intentionally
dismissive, of the fact that such
examples became additions to the
See Messianics on Page 4
A blessing for the sun
Once-in-28-years event draws Jews together for mitzvah
JHV: VICKI SAMUELS
Sunrise over the Galilee, from Kibbutz Lavi, during the Jewish Federation’s
recent community mission to Israel.
By RABBI LAURA SHEINKOPF
On Wednesday April 8, Jews
will gather across the globe to
recite a blessing for the sun, Birkat
Hachamah. If you have never heard
of this custom, you are not alone.
The blessing over the sun occurs
only once every 28 years, so even if
you were paying attention in Sunday
school, you probably would not have
The traditional reading of
Genesis presumes that the sun was
created at the moment of the spring
equinox which, according to the text,
See Sun on Page 2
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