Festivals

Shavu’ot: Feast of Weeks

Shavu’ot: The Feast of Weeks BACKGROUND AND PRACTICE All of the festivals of Israel give great insight into the Messianic Scriptures (New Testament). Shavuot, or Pentecost, as most Believers know it, is no exception. Understanding the background and practice of this festival gives rich insight into the birth of the first Messianic Believers of the… Read more »

Yahshua’s Chanukkah and the Truth about Christmas

               Yahshua’s Chanukkah (John 10:22-23) and the Truth about Christmas   22 “Then came Chanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 23 and Yahshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 24 So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If… Read more »

Shedding Light on the Miracles of Chanukkah

                       Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue   Shedding Light on the Miracles of Chanukkah Separating Fact from Fiction Many believers in all sects of Judaism look forward to the celebration of Chanukkah, otherwise known as the Festival of Lights or the Festival of Dedication, celebrated in the winter months. This year the celebration begins on the… Read more »

Sukkot: a basic primer

Sukkot This is a basic primer for the seventh commanded designated time of G-d found in Leviticus:23. I hope you find it helpful as you seek to follow G-d’s instructions (Torah). The first day of Festival of Sukkot is on Tishrei 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. Since the Biblical day begins in the… Read more »

Shavu’ot

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Shavuot- Festival of Weeks Other names include Yom ha Bikkurim- Festival of The Firstfruits; Hag ha Katzir- Festival of the Harvest; Atzeret- Convocation; Zeman Mat tan Torahtenu- Time of the Giving of our Torah. Shavuot is one of the three festivals that entailed a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Shavuot means “weeks.” It… Read more »

Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Bible

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue The Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Bible I receive many questions about unleavened bread and the laws concerned with removing it from your homes. Interestingly, I seldom get questions inquiring as to what behaviors may be equated with leaven (sin) as individuals either begin or continue their “wilderness experience” and… Read more »

Purim Purim is the yearly festival commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people in the days of King Xerxes of Persia (called Ahasuerus in Hebrew), as described in the Biblical book of Esther. The Book of Esther, which is read in its entirety in the synagogue on Purim, tells of a Jewish girl named Hadassah,… Read more »

The Feasts and Human Childbirth

The Feasts & Human Childbirth “Prophecy in the Festivals of Israel” The average human pregnancy is 280 days. The ideal Jewish year (lunar) is 280 days starting at the spring equinox with the first day of Nisan. If a pregnancy started on the first day of spring, March 21st it would end on December 25th…. Read more »

Lighting the Chanukkah Candles and the Blessings

I am providing the basic instructions for lighting the Chanukkah candles and the associated blessings for your learning and convenience. The kindling of the lights is the most significant ceremony of the festival. It should be observed in a spirit of reverence and solemnity in a beautiful manner. The Chanukkah candles should be kindled after… Read more »

Yahshua’s Chanukkah and the Truth about Christmas

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Yahshua’s Chanukkah John 10:22-23 and the Truth about Christmas 22 “Then came Chanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 23 and Yahshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 24 So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in… Read more »