Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Fri) 3 April 2020 : 9 Nisan 5780
Learn about the Hebrew month of Adar(אדר)
Counting from the first month of Nisan, Adar brings us to the final month on the calendar. We have taken a journey with Israel through the Biblical calendar. What started with the Exodus from Egypt in Nisan, continued through the sorrowful summer months of Tammuz, Av, and Elul, rejuvenated during the invigorating months of Tishrei, ends here with the joyous celebration of Purim in the month of Adar. Here, at the end of the year, we celebrate the victory of Queen Esther and the Jewish community of Persia over the schemes of the wretched Haman. Esther, taken into the highest...Read About This Month View This Month
Shevat is the eleventh month of the biblical calendar year. "Shevat" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is referred to as both "the eleventh month" and "Shevat" (or Shebat), as in Zechariah 1:7, "On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah..." The month of Shevat contains a minor festival on 15 Shevat known as Tu B'Shevat. This day is one of four days considered to be a Rosh Hashanah (New Year) on the...
In Messianic Jewish tradition, Hanukkah commemorates both the victory of the Maccabees and Yeshua's discourse in John 10:22-39. The celebration of Hanukkah is unique in that it is the only festival that spans two months, beginning on the 25th of Kislev and lasting until the 3rd of Tevet. There's another side to the Hanukkah story: persecution. Hanukkah memorializes the cruel oppression of the Jewish people under Antiochus Epiphanes; a time when studying Torah was illegal and those who sought to keep the commandments were slaughtered mercilessly. Our Master also was persecuted during Hanukkah. According to John 10:22-39, the Judeans (an...
Remember when you were a kid, playing outside during a long weekend? Many can remember playing baseball, riding bikes, skateboarding and climbing trees from dawn to dusk. You'd be having a great time until you heard those dreadful words, "Come inside, it's time to get ready for bed. Tomorrow is a school day." The month of Cheshvan is kind of like that Sunday night before the impending school (or work) week. The previous month of Tishrei, a month overflowing with feasts and fasts, has come to an end. The spiritual high is over. We have to "come down off of...