Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lunar Calendar - Jewish High Holy Days

Not to rush things, but Hanukkah comes about as early as possible this year, and Thanksgiving is absolutely as late as possible this year. In an interesting conjunction, Hanukkah starts the day BEFORE Thanksgiving. I look forward to matzoh ball soup alongside green bean casserole. That's comfort food. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Rosh Hashanah (New Year's1) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement2) are, respectively, Sept 5 & 14 this year. Please bear in mind that the Jewish day starts at sundown the evening previous.
Here's Rabbi Joel Chernoff, of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America to talk through the biblical instructions for the holy days (yes, holidays were established as holy days) what that means for believers today. And if you're saying to yourself that you're Christian rather than Jewish, remember that Jesus, Yeshua in Hebrew, was himself an observant Jew.
On Rosh Hashanah:

On Yom Kippur:

1 L'Shana Tovah! Celebrate with apples in honey for a sweet new year.

2 The Day of Atonement: The one day per year when the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies, albeit wearing bells to make noise as he walked around and dragging a rope that stretched back into the Holy Place, just in case he was struck dead by a holy God.

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