Letters for Friday, April 3, 2015

• Best Friday of all

Best Friday of all

Today is Good Friday, also know as Holy Friday. It is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified.

Tonight is also the first day of Passover. All Jewish holidays start in the evening (Erev). The holiday celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

On top of being Good Friday and the first Seder of Passover, it is also the start of the Jewish Sabbath, which begins at sundown.

It is also referred to on the Hawaiian Islands as “Aloha Friday!”

Many believe the Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Last Supper. Ironically, the last supper for the most part is the Jewish celebration of Passover. In the last few decades, many Christian churches have conducted their own Passover Seders and many Jews have come to believe in Jesus and call themselves Messianic Jews.

Many Jews believe every Friday to be a Good and Aloha Friday, since commencing at sundown on Friday begins the Sabbath, the day of rest lasting until sundown on Saturday. Jewish children are taught that every Friday is a day of rest and a feast like that of Thanksgiving is common for the Sabbath meal.

Remember every Friday is an Aloha Friday, a Good Friday, and this year it also brings in the Passover and the Sabbath.

Have a Good Friday, a great Aloha Friday, happy Passover and a wonderful Sabbath.

This is just one great Friday. Let’s just call it the Friday of all Fridays.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

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