9th of Av - Tisha B'Av
Feast of Trumpets - Rosh Hashana
Day of Atonement-Yom Kippur
Feast of Tebernacles - Sukkot
“Feast of Tabernacles” (“Hag HaSukkot”) begins the civil Jewish year, here are 7 facts about this holiday:
1. It is the 7th of the biblical feasts, celebrated on the 7th month, for 7 days. The last and 7th day of Sukkot is called “Hoshanah Rabbah”, which means “The Great Salvation”.
2. Celebrated by building and dwelling in temporary tabernacles for 7 days, in remembrance of the living conditions in the desert when exiting Egypt (Leviticus 23:33-36). It begins and ends with a sabbath rest.
3. It is commanded to rejoice before the Lord with branches of date trees, thick trees and willow of the brook. These are called the “Four Species”. (Leviticus 23:40)
4. This feast has additional names: “the feast of the Lord” (Leviticus 23:39). Also referred to as simply “The Feast”. “The feast of the ingathering.” (Exodus 23:16) in celebration of the end of the summer harvest.
5. The feast is connected with a strong messianic expectation for the restoration of the kingdom which is referred to as “the fallen tabernacle of David” in Amos 9:11. This expectation can be seen in the reactions of the crowd at the triumphal entrance (waving palm branches), and by the disciples at the transfiguration (offering to build tabernacles). They reacted in this way thinking that the kingdom is now restored and the feast of Tabernacles is therefore fulfilled.
6. At the Temple there were two grand ceremonies observed during this feast. One involving excessive water drawing the other of lighting great tall lampstands. Sukkot is only mentioned in John 7:1-10:21 in the NT and Yeshua’s response to both of these ceremonies is recorded there. As waters were flowing during the temple water drawing ceremony Yeshua said: “He that believes in me from within him shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-39 ). As the Jerusalem skies were illuminated by these great lampstands Yeshua said: “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
7. Zechariah 14:16-21, prophesied that the feast will be fulfilled by the Messianic kingdom as he mentions the observance of this feast during the Messianic Age. The feast of Sukkot will be fulfilled by the Messianic kingdom.
Hoshana Rabbah means “Great Salvation” it is traditional Jewish name given to the seventh and final day of Sukkot, the day before Shemini Atzeret.(More details coming soon)
Shmini Atzeret / Simchaet Torah
Passover - Pesach
Feast of Unleavened Bread
Feast of Firstfruits
Pentacost - Shavuot
How much do you know about Hanukkah? It is not a “Biblical” feast but it is a celebration of the miracle working God of the Bible who gave victory to the tiny army of Maccabees which succeeded to revolt against the mighty Greek empire and reclaim the Temple of God. Here are 7 fun facts about Hanukkah:
1. Hanukkah’s main theme is light since the lighting of the Menorah was at the heart of the Temple rededication (a 5 ft. tall golden lampstand). Israeli kids make the infamous paper craft candle crown and sing: we came to banish darkness.
2. A second theme is oil, because oil was used to light the 7 branched Menorah, which was to stay lit perpetually. Our oily holiday treats are fried donuts and potato latkes; hashtag #levivot to get your salivary glands going.
3. Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days since there was not enough oil to keep the Menorah lit, still the oil miraculously lasted for 8 days, the length of time needed to produce more oil. Jewish kids don’t sing about a little lamb but rather about a little jug of oil, which kept overflowing.
4. The Hanukkiah is a special Menorah edition with 9 branches instead of the original 7. The 9th branch is for the middle candle which is called Shamash (servant). On the first day the Shamash and the first candle are lit and every day following one more candle is lit until all nine candles are shining at the last day of the holiday.
5. During the blessing of the candle lighting we thank God for great miracles and wonders. “Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who performed miracles for our ancestors.”
6. The Servant candle is not lower but taller than all the other candle, located at the very middle, lit first and used to light all the other candles acting as the very source of light, it is a beautiful picture of our Messiah, who came as a humble servant, “See, my servant will be successful; he will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted…” (Isaiah 52:13-53).
7. Hanukkah is mentioned in the New Testament. It was when the lightning of the Menorah was taking place that Yeshua entered the Temple and proclaimed: “I am the light of the world!”
Fruit in the bible has many spiritual lessons. The Righteous is likened to a tree in the first Psalm of David. A tree that produces fruit! Fruit that gives life!
The Messiah IS the tree of life! Taste and see that it’s fruit is GOOD.
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