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Calendar 2 days ago

The Symbol Is Not Simple

“In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:24). A zichron teruah is a memorial proclaimed with the blast of the shofar—a memorial, an audible symbol, designed to have us remember something. But what should we remember?

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Rosh Hashanah 5 days ago

Festivals in Genesis: Rosh HaShanah

Although the festivals were later committed and entrusted to the Jewish nation, they contain universal truths and applications for all mankind to celebrate. God set up these holy appointments with his people from the beginning of creation. It’s no wonder then that we find the festivals alluded to in the book of Genesis.

13-min

Rosh Hashanah Sep 19, 2022

Rosh HaShanah in Israel: Renewal and Rejoicing

The fall holidays, or, as they are commonly known, the High Holidays, are a time of refreshment, renewal, taking stock of our lives and our goals, and refining who and what we are and want to become. It is a new year in Israel—a year ripe with the anticipatory promise of the goodness and mercy of God.

4-min

Prayer Sep 16, 2022

The Prayer Liturgy of the High Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are holidays for which intense liturgical prayers have been written and carry a very different range of emotion. These days (and the days in between) are known as the High Holy Days. In Hebrew, they are called Yamim Nora'im, "Days of Awe."

10-min

Rosh Hashanah Sep 13, 2022

The Compassionate Father

We are currently in a season of repentance. We, the collective whole of God’s people both Jew and Gentile, young and old, rich and poor, free and enslaved, are praying prayers of repentance from the Siddur that reflect our humble posture as we approach our just King during this time of corporate repentance.

5-min

The King’s Brothers

If Jesus is our Messiah King, he must not simply have Jewish ancestry; the Jewish people must be his brothers. Do you want to know Jesus better? Meeting a person’s family is a great way to get to know him. You’ll notice traits that they share, as well as what truly sets him apart.

5-min

Prophecy Aug 29, 2022

Israel: Light for the Nations

If we wish to hasten the Messiah’s coming we have work to do. Exile and redemption may be national processes, but repentance begins with individuals. Today, the world is still experiencing the exile that began almost two thousand years ago. Yeshua’s teachings hold the keys that will bring that exile to an end.

8-min

Calendar Aug 26, 2022

Rosh Chodesh Elul: Confounding the Satan

In the Hebrew Roots world, it is common for shofarot to appear at nearly every function. Shofar blasts introduce the start of everything from Shabbat services to Passover seders, since it supposedly “confounds the Satan.” But by setting the shofar in its proper context, we are able to perceive its powerful biblical messages

6-min

Prayer Aug 22, 2022

The Capital of the Messianic Kingdom

When the Messiah returns, he will establish the kingdom of heaven on earth, which will span the entire world; Jerusalem will be the capital, where Yeshua will establish his throne. By turning toward Jerusalem it places our prayers in the context of the Messianic Kingdom and expresses our hope in the soon-coming Messiah.

4-min

Prophecy Aug 19, 2022

Comfort of God’s Salvation

The consolations build upon each other as we move from understanding our state of sin and its effect on our relationship with God to the final redemption in which the entire world will rejoice in God’s salvation.

9-min

Cheshbon Nefesh Aug 15, 2022

Better Than the World to Come

When we enter the World to Come we will be like the angels who behold the infinite light of God. We will be like the Messiah who beholds the glory of the Father. That’s why repentance and choosing to do right is something that only has real meaning now.

5-min

Jewish Holidays Aug 12, 2022

Shabbat Nachamu, Tu B'Av, and Love

Arising from the fast and mourning of Tisha B'Av comes a time of joy, love and consolation. The Shabbat following the Ninth of Av is known as Shabbat Nachamu, based on the first verse of the Haftarah reading, Isaiah 40:1, "Console, console my people, says your God."

4-min

Gospels Aug 8, 2022

Like Stars in the Kingdom

Yeshua taught his followers that those who keep the commandments and teach others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Is there a ranking system in the afterlife? Ancient Jewish literature provides us with a key to interpretation, based on a mysterious verse in Daniel.

6-min

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