Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.

Tishrei TODAY: (Wednesday) 7 October 2015 : 24 Tishrei 5776
(Wed) 7 October 2015 : 24 Tishrei 5776

Renewal, Repentance and Restoration


"Chag Sameach and Yom Tov! A joyous and good festival to you!" This is a common greeting heard throughout the month of Tishrei. Why? There are more festivals and holy days in this month of the biblical calendar than any other. Each of these appointed times have a unique thrust. Yet even with the diverse motifs of each day, there is a common thread — renewal, repentance, and restoration. These are key components to a biblical worldview. One definition of restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place or condition. Since Adam and Eve were cast...

TOPICSdays of awe, Feast of Tabernacles, new year, repentance, restoration, Rosh Hashanah, shofar, Simchat Torah, Sukkot, Tishrei, Yom Kippur

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The Shofar Call of Elul


Elul is the sixth calendar month of the biblical calendar year. It is also the last month of the civil year when counting from Tishrei. The name "Elul" is the Babylonian name of the month. The Bible also refers to this month as Elul, as in Nehemiah 6:15, "So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul..." Because of the approaching new year and the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the month of Elul is focused on repentance and reconciliation. Special prayers called Selichot (forgiveness) are recited during this month. These...

TOPICSElul, forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation, repentance, selichot, shofar

Destruction And Consolation


Solemnity and joyfulness are two emotional states that are normally exclusive to one another. However, in the month of Av we experience both as a part of the calendar. On the subject of the aspect and enormity of the month's solemn nature, Av begins in the middle of the three weeks, a period of mourning from the 17th day of Tammuz until the 9th day of Av. This period of time is also called "Bein haMetzarim" ("between the straits"). The significance of this time is that it, as we discussed last month, was the return of the scouts or spies...

TOPICSAv, consolation, destruction of Temples, fasting, return, seven weeks, solemnity

Expressions of Sorrow


Sorrow, grief, lamentation, mourning, depression; these are all human emotions. Hey, even Yeshua wept! We all deal with grief; it is a part of our experience. The Bible has many expressions of sorrow and the Psalms are a prime example. You may be surprised to discover that 57 of the 150 Psalms are laments...

TOPICSfasting, judgment, lamentation, mourning, Tammuz, three weeks, tragedies