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Category: Identity Celebrations

Light in the Darkness

Tags:  darkness, dedication, hanukkah, light, Maccabees, rededication, restoration, revolution

The eight-day festival of Hanukkah begins each year on the 25th day of the lunar month of Kislev. Hanukkah (חנוכה) means "dedication." The Feast of Hanukkah is the Feast of Dedication. It is a thoroughly Jewish festival, which commemorates an important Jewish victory over tyranny. Except for its mention in the book of John, it is not a biblical festival. Unlike the other festivals, Hanukkah is not an appointed time (mo'ed) from the Torah. Instead, the celebration of Hanukkah began after the last book of the Hebrew Scriptures had been composed. By the time of the days of the Apostles, however, it had become a long-established tradition. The events that Hanukkah commemorates occurred some 160 years before the birth of the Master.

Hanukkah Revolution

The story behind the festival of Hanukkah is found in the apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees. Therein the story is told of how Judah Maccabee and his heroic band of freedom fighters over...
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Category: Appointed Times

Living Waters

Tags:  celebration, salvation, Sukkot, Tabernacles, water libation, waters

While Yeshua "tabernacled" with mankind on the earth, salvation was a regular theme in His teachings. His purpose on this earth, established before the foundations of the earth, was to "save" mankind from his evil nature, and to provide a means of justification for all peoples. As we read the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), we are reminded constantly of the Lord's salvation in nearly every word uttered by Yeshua. His very name alone carries this definition.
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Category: Appointed Times

In the Shadow of the Almighty

Tags:  feast of clouds, Feast of Tabernacles, sukkah, sukkot, Ushpizin liturgy

In the Gospels, the Master tells His disciples that "some will not taste death" before seeing Him come in His glory. This is a problem. Assuredly, all twelve of the disciples tasted death, and the Master has not yet come in His glory.
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Category: Appointed Times

The Season of our Joy

Tags:  Atzeret, etrog, fragrance, hadas, lulav, rejoicing, Sh'mini, simchat torah, species, sukkah, Sukkot, taste, Torah

Sukkot is a season of special celebration. Each mo'ed is a time when we are invited by the Creator of all to draw aside in close communion with Him. They are days when we are summoned to reflect on...
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Category: Appointed Times

The Mighty Wind and Tongues of Fire

Tags:  barley, covenant, fire, omer, Pentecost, shavuot, Sinai, tongues, Torah

Most Christians know the story of Pentecost in Acts chapter two: the mighty wind, the tongues of fire, Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) and the speaking in every language. Very few, however, are aware of the Torah background behind this event.
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