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Rosh Hashanah

The Torah (first five books of the Bible) does not use the term “Rosh Hashanah,” but calls this holiday Yom Teruah, The Day of the Sounding of the Shofar or Trumpet. According to Leviticus 23:23-25, it was to be celebrated by blowing a shofar, or ram’s horn, by resting from all work, and by calling a holy assembly in Jerusalem, and presenting a burnt offering (Numbers 29:2-6).

 

Yom Kippur:

Day of fasting and repentance, to cleanse ourselves of our sins and renew our relationship with God (Lev. 16:29-30) “May your name be written in the Book of Life”, is a traditional greeting during this time. On this day you wear white to symbolize purity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sukkot

is celebrated for 7 days starting on the 19th (Sunset Wednesday evening). Sukkot commemorates the forty years of wandering of the People of Israel in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. In memory, Jewish people are commanded to build and live in temporary dwellings for seven days (Lev. 23:33)

 

Chanukah

Jonathan Bernis, host of the weekly TV show Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, talks about Chanukah from a Messianic Jewish Believer’s perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purim

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. The story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther. The heroes of the story are Esther, a beautiful young Jewish woman living in Persia, and her cousin Mordecai, who raised her as if she were his daughter. Esther was taken to the house of Ahasuerus, King of Persia, to become part of his harem. King Ahasuerus loved Esther more than his other women and made Esther queen, but the king did not know that Esther was a Jew, because Mordecai told her not to reveal her identity. Read more here

 

 

Pesach/Passover

The eight day holiday celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. Feast of Unleavened Bread. The seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus. The last two days are also observed as full holy days. During the Passover Seder each element represents an aspect of the Exodus story. As we remember we also taste the story as if we ourselves were there in Egypt. It is an experience that embraces all the senses and is rich in tradition and symbolism. Read more here or here

Shavuot

Shavuot, The Festival of Weeks, is historically known as the day Moses revived the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also the day the Ruach poured down on the Apostles in Jerusalem.  Shavuot means ‘weeks’ in Hebrew and begins 7 weeks, 50 days, after Pesach. These 50 days are counted, which is known as The Counting of the Omer.