The Korban Pesach (The Passover Sacrifice)

In the weeks approaching Pesah (Passover), our thoughts turn to the need for the Korban Pesah – the Pesah sacrifice. For me, it becomes a very unbearable experience – knowing that we cannot offer that sacrifice at this time on Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount), because we have given control over it to the Isalmic WAKF (Muslim religious council).

In June 1967, we were able to witness, what I have heard called, a “once in a thousand years…” series of miracles that restored not only the Temple Mount and all of Jerusalem to us, but Yehuda & Shomron, the Biblical Heartland. And if that wasn’t ‘enough’ – the Golan, Gaza and Sinai as well (okay, even though sadly, we then later gave away 2/3…)!

But, we have become a people that chooses to ignore our destiny, that rationalizes our turning from the path that HaShem (God) has placed before us. It is time that we reverse that trend – and turn our hearts, minds and focus to HaShem and what is truly important in life. As a first step in that direction, there needs to be the same freedom of religion on the Temple Mount that there is in ALL of Israel. We MUST begin praying on the Temple Mount; now, not in the ‘next’ generation. And we must prepare, on all levels, to truly desire to have the Temple rebuilt, N-O-W…

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom with love & hugs from the Chosen Land,

Planning for the Next Trip to the USA

Hanoch SpeakingAlthough I have not yet gotten over the jet lag from my recent trip to the US, it’s almost time for me to go back for more opportunities to push our Revolution for Restoration.

I will be speaking at the United Israel World Union Annual Meeting (April 25 – 27) and wanted to know if you wanted me to come and visit with you and your congregation?

This will be an extremely short trip (I will be leaving the US on May 13), and have no plans to return to America again until the end of August. If you’re interested, please let me know ASAP. Thanks!

Returning to the Land

Much of life is centered around being able to move successfully from one situation/set of experiences to another. Managing those transitions effectively will usually determine how well a person gets to accomplish their goals. In the words of Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon) in Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) – ” A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven.” And I now stand at one of those ‘transitional’ junctures…

After an extraordinary month traveling around the US and meeting with the most amazing people, it is time for me to finish packing and go to JFK, for my flight home. These have been a “time for planting” – seeds of acceptance and welcome…a “time for healing…” It has been a “time for speaking” and a “time for embracing.” Those times for “shunning” are over, but most of all, it has become a “time of love.” With God’s help, I will be returning at the end of April for a brief trip to continue sharing that message.

The focus of our lives needs to be on restoration, NOT recrimination. On building, not trying to tear down. And on acceptance and embracing our diversity. Our strength comes FROM our diversity, rather then despite it. At home, it is time to start that blog, produce more videos, and yes – finish those books I’ve been writing. And of course – back to guiding, in our beloved Eretz Yisrael. Hey – anyone you know looking for a good tour guide?

Wishing y’all love & hugs as I return to the Chosen Land,


How Our Family Prepares for the Feast of Unleavened Bread

MatzahEvery year around this time I field questions relating to how our family prepares for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. I want to say before going further that nobody has perfect understanding and my interpretation might very well be in error. If it is, my intent is certainly not to deceive. The following analysis simply represents my understanding at this time. So, if you are convinced in your own mind regarding how to prepare your home for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and it differs from what I present here, please, follow your own convictions, and perhaps consider sharing what you have learned with others in the comments below.

Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. (Exodus 12:15 NASB)

What we have essentially is a 7-day feast, the first and last days of which are considered High Sabbaths (see Lev. 23:5-8). Like all of the biblical Feasts, the week of Unleavened Bread harkens back to the historical events found in the pages of the Torah. In this case, Unleavened Bread is based upon Israel’s miraculous exodus from the land of Egypt – events which transpired so quickly that the Israelites didn’t even have enough time to place leaven in their dough due to their hasty departure. The picture of this Feast, then, becomes one seen in our actions. In remembrance of what Israel did during the exodus, we are commanded to remove anything leavened from our home, such as things like bread, donuts, bagels, cakes; anything that has risen. This not only commemorates the exodus, it gives us an opportunity to share the story of God’s providence with the next generation.

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 By Ken Rank©

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