Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Sat) 20 January 2018 : 4 Shevat 5778
Learn about the Hebrew month of Shevat(שבט)
As winter drones on, one often feels that the cold will never end. Thoughts of the warm sunshine seem like a distant memory. For those in more snowy climates, cabin fever takes effect. In the Land of Israel, the winter season is somewhat different. At this time when there is plenty of rain, the hills and fields all over the country turn a lush and emarald green as some new crops appear. Grasses and weeds also flourish and can turn the dry and arid landscapes into beautiful fields of green. As we enter into the month of Shevat, particularly in...Read About This Month
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...
This is the month of Kislev. The temperatures in the land of Israel have begun to drop. Daylight hours dwindle away and the long, dark nights of Kislev begin. One cannot help but naturally feel slightly melancholy and glum during the winter seasons. Thankfully, God has given us many reasons to rejoice during this season. On the 25th of Kislev, the anniversary of the rededication of the Temple is celebrated for eight days. This festival is customarily known as Hanukkah. For thousands of years, the Jewish people have remembered the miracles God performed for the Maccabees. They were not only...
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...