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Category: Appointed Times

Living Waters

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

"...the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which Adonai your God cares; the eyes of Adonai your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year..." -- Deuteronomy 11:11-12

At last, the Great Feast is upon us! Chag Simchat Beit Hasho'evaheinu--the season of our rejoicing--for which we have patiently waited all year. "You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast..." In fulfillment of this injunction, Sukkot is a time of worship, praise and celebration. (Deuteronomy 16:13-14)

The festival reminds us of how the One True God of Israel dwelt with His people in their wilderness wanderings. Would it be a stretch of the imagination to say that He does the same for us during our times of wander...
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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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Category: Appointed Times

Fire on the Mountain

Tags:  fire, matan torah, Pentecost, shavuot, tongues, Torah

Before tongues of fire ever fell upon the believers in Jerusalem, there was fire on Mount Sinai. The ancient Jewish Sages considered the biblical feast of Shavuot--also known as Pentecost--to be the anniversary of the day God spoke the Law...
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