High Holy Days -Holidays
Celebrating the biblical holy days is a good way to teach about God’s acts of redemption.
Feast of Tabernacles
Oct 14-20, 2019 M‑Tu
A Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai.
Rosh Hashanah -The Jewish New Year
Sep 30-Oct 1, 2019 M‑Tu
2019: September 30 (at sundown) - 1st. It is the birthday of the universe, the day God created Adam and Eve and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.
The Jewish New Year, the beginning of ten days of penitence or teshuvah culminating on Yom Kippur. Traditionally celebrated with sweet or round foods such as apples and honey, and the blowing of the shofar, a hollowed-out ram's horn, during religious services. A customary greeting is shanah tovah or "happy new year!"
Dec 23-30, 2019
Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for “dedication.” The eight-day Jewish celebration bearing that name — it is also called the Festival of Lights — remembers the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it had been recovered by the Jewish forces of Yehuda Maccabee in 164 BC.The branches of the hanukiyah represent the eight days of Hanukah, plus one shamash candle used to light the others.
Mar 10, 2020
Purim is an unusual holiday in many respects. First, Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Hanukkah, traditionally is viewed as a minor festival, but elevated to a major holiday as a result of the Jewish historical experience.
Apr 9-16, 2020
Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago.
Jesus and the apostles were celebrating Passover at the Last Supper because they were Jewish men with Jewish observances:
"This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord - a lasting ordinance." (Exodus 12:14)
However, we as believers also celebrate knowing that Yeshua is the Lamb that was slain, giving us our eternal freedom.