Sundown on Sunday marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish civil New Year. (The religious new year begins with Passover in the spring.) In Israel and around the world, Jewish people will welcome the new year by wishing one another Shana Tovah (Happy New Year) and sending one another greeting cards. (Hint: send a “Shana Tovah” card to your Jewish friends…you can find them at almost any card shop!)
This past Sunday, Stan Meyer, a missionary with Jews for Jesus, came to share about the fall feasts in a Jewish home and we had a wonderful time. He led us in a couple of upbeat Jewish songs, we enjoyed challah (a common Jewish egg-based bread) and listened intently as Stan shared the significance of the first two fall feasts, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as celebrated in a Jewish home. We learned the symbolism of round challah, of the shofar being blown and several other things made significant by Jewish history and tradition.
As Christians, we understand all the Jewish feasts point toward the Messiah. Though the Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the first day of the Jewish month Tishri, the Biblical event is the Feast of Trumpets. Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) falls on Tishri 10, followed by the third fall feast, Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), beginning Tishri 15. (This year, those Jewish high holidays fall on September 10, September 18 and September 23-30, respectively. Keep in mind, on the Hebrew calendar, a day begins at sundown the day before.)
Stan and his wife, Jacqui, are evidence of Jewish people who discovered Jesus the Messiah and now celebrate Him in the midst of those incredible feasts! In fact, you can read Stan’s incredible story here.
The invitation remains open for you to join us this coming Sunday (September 9, 2018) for our second class time with Stan. Rosh Hashanah actually begins later that evening, so we will celebrate a bit early with apples and honey (traditional Jewish fare on Rosh Hashanah) before Stan reveals the wonders of the Feast of Tabernacles from his unique Jewish perspective.
- Sunday, September 9, 2018
- CalvaryPHX Central Campus, Fellowship Hall
- All adults and young people (junior high and above) are welcome!
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