Rabbi Yaakov Cohen grew up in New York and earned his Bachelors in Psychology, his Rabbinic Ordination and his Masters in Education and Administration; all from Yeshiva University.
He now lives in Chicago, IL where he works as the Judaic Studies Principal of Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School and Educational Director at NCSY. And by the way, without any exceptions, every single archaeological find that they come across every day of the week here, proves the exact accuracy of the Torah.
As the centralized Israelite state took shape about 3,000 years ago, , the religion of the people varied from place to place and took variegated forms, hints of which we can see in the Bible, virtually the only historical narrative we have of this period.
(16:5-6) Pilgrimage to Jerusalem Following Josiah’s reforms, the holiday took the form of a mass pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Still, when hungry even matza is a cause for celebration and one could imagine that the communal threshing grounds were filled with joy, cheer, and jubilation.
The holidays are merged As the monarchy was established and a centralized religion took form, the two holidays began merging into one.
For them too spring was crucial, meaning the start of the harvest, of the cereals on which they depended.
Of the cereals grown by the ancient Israelites in this period, the first grain to be ready for harvest was barley.