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Shabbat – The Sabbath

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By Stan Goodenough

Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Rosh Hashanah – The Feast of Trumpets

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By Stan Goodenough

"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbathrest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.

Did the prophets see you?

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By Stan Goodenough

And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement

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By Stan Goodenough

"This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. It is a sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever....

Why we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles

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By Jan Willem van der Hoeven

While serving as custodian of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, the Lord laid it upon my heart to call Christian believers to gather in the city during the Feast of Tabernacles, there to praise and worship our God, and to stand in comfort and solidarity with the people of Israel.

To ascertain how the believing community in Jerusalem would view such an event, we held a "pilot" celebration during the Feast of Tabernacles in 1979, which was addressed by David Pawson, Peter van Woerden (nephew to Corrie Ten Boom) and various other speakers.

Jewish Holiday Schedule

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By Stan Goodenough

This list contains the Gregorian calendar dates for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah/Yom Teruah (New Year/Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Tabernacles), Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication), Purim, Pesach (Passover), Shavu'ot (Pentecost) and Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av).

 



Year
Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur
Sukkot
Hanukkah
Purim
Pesach
Shavu'ot
Tisha B'Av


2000
09/30
10/09
10/14
12/22
03/21
04/20
06/09
08/10


2001
09/18
09/27
10/02
12/10
03/09
04/08
05/28
07/29


2002
09/07
09/16
09/21
11/30
02/26
03/28
05/17
07/18


2003
09/27
10/06
10/11
12/20
03/18
04/17
06/06
08/07


2004
09/16
09/25
09/30
12/08
03/07

Tisha b’Av

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By Stan Goodenough

Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is a day of mourning on which the Jewish people commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen them, some of the worst which have "coincidentally" occurred on this specific date.

The Ninth of Av usually falls in August.

Purim

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By Stan Goodenough

One of the most popular Jewish holidays is Purim, (the word means "lots"), the annual, fun-filled commemmoration of the deliverance of the Jews of Persia from the genocidal designs of Haman.

On this holiday, which most years falls in March, the Jews read through the book of Esther, known as the Megillah which recounts the Cinderella-like story of the Jewish orphan girl who conceals her national identity and becomes queen to the mighty Persian king, Ahaseurus.

The drama unfolds in the period between 486 and 465 BC, following the first return of Jews from the Medo-Persian

Hanukkah – Festival of Lights

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By Stan Goodenough

Around 2300 years ago, the Jews of Israel found themselves facing a dilemma that would confront them throughout their history, up to today: The battle for Israel's soul.

Back then, Greek civilization was taking the known world by storm. Greece was the new light, shining a new world order into what had been a long Dark Age.

Birth

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By Stan Goodenough

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth... (Genesis 1:28)

This was the first thing God said to newly created mankind, His first commandment to them.

The Bible beautifully describes the conception by a woman who has His blessing as a visitation from the LORD.

And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken.