by Glen Penton

The Passover regulations in God's Torah (Exodus 12:42) command us to stay up and observe the holiday all night long, in honor of His having stayed awake all night to save us. But our rabbis have made the Seder a celebration to end late at night before retiring to bed. They made regulations that tend to discourage staying up all night, such as not eating anything after the afikoman.

Conversely, God's Torah in Deuteronomy 16:11 commands that we rejoice and be happy on the Holiday of Shavu'ot. But our rabbis tell us we must stay up all night that night to study Torah. When we are adolescents, an all-nighter is fun, and goes well with a joyful holiday. But once we've spent nights with crying babies, or working to meet a deadline, or even just been around for over 15,000 nights, we no longer stay up all night and rejoice much the next day.

So why did our rabbis change the character of both holidays by moving the all-nighter from Passover to Shavu'ot? And why did they also change the date of Shavu'ot and invent a mythological meaning for the holiday? Nobody really knows, I guess, but I'll venture a hypothesis.

If nobody stays awake on Passover night, it's easy to overlook the fact that all Israel was asleep when our leadership (using about a hundred hand-picked lackeys) shouted for the Romans to crucify Yeshua, that our rabbis secretly murdered our real Rabbi and King to preserve their own status. And when the first-century Messianics were noisily celebrating the Holiday of the arrival of the Holy Spirit each year, our rabbis wanted all Israel to be too sleepy for that. Shavu'ot, with its biblical meaning, its biblical date, and its biblical celebration confirms the Messianic Jewish message and is a major embarrassment to our rabbis who reject God's Messiah. So they renovated the holiday to hide the truth from the Jewish People.

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Exodus 12:42"Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for all the generations to come."

Deuteronomy 16:11"And rejoice before the Lord your God...."