Congregation Bat-Tzion Pesakh Seder Reservations

There are currently four possible dates for our Pesakh Seder this year. For more information on why, continue reading below. Meanwhile block your calendar for these dates:

Most likely we will have a 13th month this year to allow the barley to ripen. If so, dates will be either:

  • Friday, April 19th
    OR
  • Saturday, April 20th

It is possible for Pesakh to be a month earlier if the barley is ripe by March 9th. In which case the dates would be:

  • Thursday, March 21st
    OR
  • Friday, March 22nd

So why are our feast days, which are commanded in the Tanakh as Mo’edim or “Appointed Times,” oftentimes different from mainstream Judaism and many other Messianic congregations?

Answer: The short answer is, “We are not Rabbinic”. We do not follow the teachings of the Rabbis simply because they are Jewish, as the Rabbis were shown by Messiah to have erred from the Commandments. Our “Judaism” is 1st century, Messianic, “Mishnaic” Judaism, meaning the customs we follow were practiced by Messiah Yeshua and the Shlikhim [Apostles], and recorded in the 2nd century in what is known as “Mishnah,” confirming and explaining the ‘how’ of what is written in Torah. The Mishnah tells us they “observed”/”saw” the “khodesh”, the crescent new moon. This aligns with Torah. The current, Jewish schedule of holy days follows a calculated solar/lunar calendar which was not completely codified until nearly 1000AD, and uses Babylonian methods of setting feast days, having been first calculated by Hillel the 2nd in the sixth century AD. The Torah has no real concept of a fixed “month”, but counts each “khodesh”, or “renewed crescent moon”.

The start of the Mo’edim, or feasts, is set in the spring at Pesakh, each new crescent moon determining the benchmark for setting the following feasts. Pesakh is 14 days after the first crescent, and Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShannah falls on the 7th renewed crescent moon. For details on determining Pesakh and the subsequent feasts, please read this document: Reckoning Pesakh

In His mercy, Elohim has given Yisra’el ten feasts. Congregation Bat-Tzion celebrates all feasts with gusto: what better way to keep holy than with our community and in joy, repenting, reflecting, celebration, and remembering?

Our Pesakh Seder is fast approaching! We look forward in joyous anticipation to celebrating this feast together with you. This is an exuberant but solemn occasion so we ask that all attending respect the sanctity of the event. It would be good to prepare your heart beforehand by reading and considering I Corinthians 11:20-34.

Reservation Information & Deadline
Since seating is limited, we encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible.
Reservations will be closed midnight on March 18, 2019.

Your reservation is not final until you receive a confirmation e-mail.