Jewish Feast Dates in 2023
Full moon after spring equinox in Brisbane is Thursday 6th April 2:34 in the afternoon and in Jerusalem 7:34 in the morning.
Easter Sunday in 2023 Western Churches 9th April Orthodox (Eastern) Churches 16th April click here for its background
Click here for a side-by-side history of dates ever since Easter Sunday 1584 when it was celebrated as April 19th to everyone outside of the Catholic countries in Europe, but recalculated as March 22nd (Old style) i.e. April 1st (New style) following Pope Gregory's 10 day reform of the calendar in October 1582. England (and the Church of England) switched over to this Gregorian Calendar in 1753.
Wednesday 5th April 2023 (The Lord's Passover) is the 14th day of the first month when the passover lamb used to be killed, with its blood traditionally drained to the foot of the table (altar) before sunset. It is the time of the full moon. In the very first Passover in Egypt, used to bedaub the lintel and the doorposts of the Hebrew houses.
Until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70AD, the sacrifice of each household's lamb was performed by a large number of priests in the Temple courtyard in Jerusalem over perhaps a five hour period. Click here for a reference to this by Josephus.
Now, following the death and resurrection of Christ, and in the absence of the Jewish physical temple, within two generations of 70AD animal sacrifices ceased.
Click here for a recent article on this subject, and how Jewish people currently celebrate the Passover.
Thursday 6th April is 15th day of month starting at sunset the previous evening, the first day of Unleavened Bread with the previous evening referred to as the Passover Seder when the whole household shares in the meal together. In some households and synagogues the Seder runs into the early hours of the following morning, with midnight remembering the moment of judgment on Egypt-the world, and the testing of the Lord in the Garden in Gethsemane.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread then used to run for seven days, with sacrifices every day in the Temple courtyard in accordance with Numbers 28
Sunday 9th April in 2023 is the Feast of First Fruits, as it is the first day after the normal weekly sabbath.
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