How Passover Nearly Killed Grandpa!
Thank you for being part of our Mishpochah (Hebrew for “Family”). In this Passover season, it’s good for families to be together.
I was raised in a traditional Jewish home, so I have many fond memories of our family Passover gatherings. It was a time when we got together for a meal and to rehearse our Jewish history of freedom from Egyptian slavery.
We Thought He Might Die!
My strongest memories involve both grandfathers. My mother’s father was the son of a prominent line of cantors (Jewish worship leaders) from Russia. We ate horseradish on gefilte fish (chopped fish in a patty) at our Passover meal. But our horseradish was homemade and way stronger than normal.
My grandfather took a big bite of the horseradish against my family’s warnings. I guess he wanted to show he was a macho man! His face turned bright red and we thought he might die! But he recovered before the ambulance arrived.
The second strongest memory was of my father’s father who was born in Poland. He was very religious and very stern … and looked very intimidating. Every other year for Passover we would travel to his home in Bronx, New York.
The traditional parts of the Seder, or Passover meal, took hours, so when I was a little boy, I’d be sent to bed before it was over. The year I turned five, I was awakened at about 10 p.m. by my Uncle Willie. He handed me a piece of matzah (unleavened bread) wrapped in a white napkin.
Never Wave Your Reward Money!
According to Passover tradition, the matzah had been hidden under the pillow my grandfather sat on; then the children play a game called “steal the matzah.” The Passover meal can’t end until the leader “redeems” the matzah by paying a “ransom” to the child who stole it.
That was me! I was so happy! Quickly, I negotiated a ransom of $5. When the reward money was handed to me, I remember teasing my grandfather by waving the $5 bill under his nose.
Big mistake! He grabbed it from me!
I was so upset and cried so loud he quickly gave it back. Lesson learned—never wave your reward money in front of your grandfather!
Fasten Your Seat Belt!
At a certain point during the Passover Seder the youngest male asks the leader, “Why is this night different from all other nights?”
This makes me think of one more Passover question you may be wondering: “What makes our ministry different from all other ministries?” I’m glad you asked!
Our evangelistic outreach goes to the Jew first, which opens a supernatural door to evangelize Gentiles. Supernaturally, we reach far more Gentiles than if we went to the Gentiles first.
Our second objective is to equip all believers to love Jewish people and evangelize them through signs and wonders. We lead with the supernatural in everything we do!
Why? Because God told us that the Jews (and, frankly, all nonbelievers) require a sign (See 1 Corinthians 1:22).
Fasten your seat belt! You are about to walk into the greatest revival in history! I call it the new Glory Revival. Since God always goes to the Jew first as a catalyst to reach the world, I believe it will start among the Jewish people.
I also see our network, Middle East TV, being the most viewed television network in Israel. And I see Israel as a nation of evangelists winning the world for Messiah!
I am believing for God to bless you and your family, and I’m looking forward to receiving your generous Passover gift to help reach Jewish people and others with the Good News about Messiah.
This Passover season may you and your family be covered in the precious Blood of Jesus—THE Passover Lamb. His Glory, provision and protection are your promised inheritance.
Thank you for your friendship!
P.S. I invite you to watch my Passover message and blessing for you if you have not seen it yet.