10 Days of Awe: What do They Mean?

I drive through a Jewish neighborhood each day on the way to and from work. This week, I see many Jewish families walking to a neighborhood synagogue. That is not an unusual scene, except that it is currently happening every single day. What's going on? Jews worldwide celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) last Sunday …

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Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles …what Does it All Mean?

If you study Jewish culture and tradition, you are likely aware that we're in the midst of the fall feasts of Israel.  There are 7 major feasts, originally prescribed in Scripture, but lived out in either secular context or rabbinic context by most Jews.  The first three (Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Feast of …

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Yom Kippur: Shadow or Substance?

Sundown this evening will mark the beginning of the most solemn day on the Hebrew calendar: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).  Ten days of awe follow the recently celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Jewish civil new year) and lead into Yom Kippur.  These have been days in which the Jewish people have prayed, fasted and examined their …

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Elul: A Time to Turn

Dear friends, the fall feasts of Israel are right around the corner and, in case you don't know, those feasts are: Feast of Trumpets, known in Hebrew as Rosh HaShanah (Israel's civil New Year) Day of Atonement, known in Hebrew as Yom Kippur Feast of Tabernacles, known in Hebrew as Sukkot We studied these feasts …

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