The first born…First Fruits of Barley Harvest…the Resurrection…first born/fruits from the dead! In the Hebrew this is spelled in the ancient picture letters as family-arm-hand-addition-head person….so a head person has been added to the family…an arm and hand…both open and … Continue reading
Who knew Matzah carried with it so much meaning? Leaven implies not only sin, but also rising…so no leaven is static…no life. Crossing the Red Sea passing through death into life occurred during these days. Yeshua in the … Continue reading
I have spelled each feast letter by letter and explained each letter in the pictographic form. You take each concept for a word, then begin to pray and consider what the meaning originally was. So for Pesach/Passover you have the … Continue reading
Passover…Hebrew ‘pesach’…pronounced ‘pe-sock’. The paleo Hebrew word pictures tell us what the word meant to Moses. The pictures spelling the word are of a human mouth or source of a river , a prop or support for guiding a tree … Continue reading
Just before Passover, I found an article about bitter herbs in ancient times and throughout the world…enjoy!
Throughout the world – bitter herbs, in one form or another are part of everyday dining. One of the best known bitter herbs is gentian (nicknamed ‘bitter root’), this herb remains bitter even at 1 part per 20,000 dilution. Gentian is the main ingredient of of popular cocktail flavoring ‘Angostura Bitters’. Herbal aperitifs, such as the elecampane cordial are still served before the evening meal in many European homes. Greeks dine daily on horta, a bitter mix of chicory and dandelion greens sprinkled with olive oil. French and Italian families enjoy steamed or fried greens such as dandelion every day. The ritual Jewish Passover meal, eaten by Jewish people the world over includes bitter herbs(in biblical times, these were probably hyssop, wild lettuce, chicory, dandelion and sorrel). In Germany, centaury (gentian’s distant relative) is used to make a popular bitter drink. And in North America, we drink bitters without even knowing it – the primary ingredient in beer is the digestive bitter known as hops. Other bitters include goldenseal, Oregon grape root and blessed thistle. Note: you will not receive the same effects from capsules containing these bitter herbs. Ordinary black pepper will also help to encourage the production of stomach acids.
If you often suffer from indigestion after a high-protein meal, this may be because you need more of the enzymes that help your body digest protein. These can be found in papaya peels, pineapple, cucumbers and ginger. Since they are destroyed by high temperatures, you should consume them raw. If pineapple causes pain, you might have an ulcer. We’ll discuss ulcers in the September Kombucha Konnection newsletter.
An excellent treatment for low stomach acid problems is to take herbal bitters, which encourage your stomach to produce its own acid. The moment these herbs touch your taste buds, a message is sent to your brain, and your digestive fluids, including acids, are activated. Most health food stores will carry several types of bottled herbal bitters, or you can make your own.
3 teaspoons tincture of gentian rhizome
½ teaspoon tincture of dried orange peel
½ teaspoon tincture of cardamom seeds
Combine ingredients and put a few drops in warm water and drink. It doesn’t take much.
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Monday March 25 at sundown according to Rabbis…but Wed March 27 according to sighting of new moon from Jerusalem and found Barley ripe enough for the wave sheaf offering on Resurrection Sunday….during Passover week…NOT EASTER
Quick, easy and biblical Passover! Choose one or two bitter herbs (horseradish, romaine,endive are most common choices), and matzah (corn chips are fine) and also grape juice to say yes to your Betrothed in both the bitter and the sweet times! This is usually done before dinner. You may add traditional elements as you wish. I always enjoy the diced apples, walnuts, raisins or dates pureed with a bit of grape juice for the brick mortar…it goes so well with the horseradish!!! Take the blood of Y’shua (grape juice) symbolically for the doorposts of your heart and home.
I encourage you to read through the passages in scripture about the plagues and leaving Egypt during this week prior. http://www.openbible.info/topics/passover
So hopefully you can un-leaven yourselves for that next 7 days (possibly have no-yeast crackers, corn chips or wraps rather than bread) and meditate on the meaning of the three feasts of that week…Passover is one night, but Unleavened Bread is the next 7 days and the Sunday during that is Resurrection Day/ First Fruits of Barley and the wave sheaf offering. And on that day begins the 7 Sabbath count to the Torah (Betrothal ketubah) on Mt Sinai on Shavuot/Pentacost..and the Ruach ha Kodesh/Holy Spirit!
Dee Ann Stover
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