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Shabbat—The Sabbath"The importance of Shabbat," by Shlomo Phillips:
Rosh Chodesh—The New Month
High Holy Days"Shofar Love", with Shlomo Phillips (on Youtube)
Rosh Hashanah—The Jewish New Year
Biblical names: Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) and Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar: usually a ram's horn)Instituted at: Leviticus 23:23 ADONAI said to Moshe,
24 "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.
25 Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'"
L'shanah tovah ("Have a good year") or "L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem" ("May you be inscribed and sealed [in the Book of Life] for a good year.")May be observed by:
All who trust in HaShem. Required for Jews. As always Gentiles should avoid the appearance of being Jews.
Yamim Noraim: Days of Awe or Days of Repentance:
The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom KippurExtra-biblical, biblical based Tradition:
During this period one should do serious introspection and repentance in preparation for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement, see below). One should especially practice the following kinds of actions to demonstrate ones repentance to HaShem as He prepares the "books" of our lives:May be observed by:
The "books" metaphorically kept by HaShem are sealed on Yom Kippur for the following year. Sins that have not been repented of may have negative impacts in the upcoming year (II Chronicles 7:14).
- Teshuvah: repentance
- Tefilah: prayer
- Tzedakah: good deeds (usually, charity but any act of kindness)
All who trust in HaShem. Required for Jews. As always Gentiles should avoid the appearance of being Jews
Tzom Gedalia—Fast of Gedalia
Yom Kippur—Day of Atonement
Day after Rosh HashanaBiblical, instituted at:
Leviticus 23:26 ADONAI said to Moshe,This is considered to be the most important day of the year (excluding the weekly Shabbat). One should refrain from all work and all pleasures. One should do a full fast (health permitting), seek forgiveness for wrongs done, concluding the repentance of Yamim Noraim.
27 "The tenth day of this seventh month is Yom-Kippur; you are to have a holy convocation, you are to deny yourselves, and you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.
28 You are not to do any kind of work on that day, because it is Yom-Kippur, to make atonement for you before ADONAI your God.
29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day is to be cut off from his people;
30 and anyone who does any kind of work on that day, I will destroy from among his people.
31 You are not to do any kind of work; it is a permanent regulation through all your generations, no matter where you live.
32 It will be for you a Shabbat of complete rest, and you are to deny yourselves; you are to rest on your Shabbat from evening the ninth day of the month until the following evening."
G'mar Hatimah Tovah or "May You Be Sealed for a Good Year (in the Book of Life)May be observed by:
Required for Jews. As always Gentiles should avoid the appearance of being Jews
Sukkot—Feast of Booths (or Tabernacles)
Tishri 15Biblical, instituted at:
Leviticus 23:33 ADONAI said to Moshe,Greeting:
34 "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI.
35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work.
36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work.
37 "'These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day
38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI.
39 "'But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of ADONAI seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest.
40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days.
41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month.
42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra'el is to live in a sukkah,
43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra'el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.'"
44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra'el the designated times of ADONAI.
Chag Sameach: joyous festivalMay be observed by:
Jews. Sharing Sukkot with ushpizin (Sukkot guests) is a wonderful mitzvot. Anyone can take part in this way. As always Gentiles should avoid the appearance of being Jews
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
When:All who trust in HaShem, especially those who regularly read the parsha (the traditional weekly Torah readings) and who have dwelt in a sukkah during Sukkot. Required for Jews. As always Gentiles should avoid the appearance of being Jews
Tishri 22 * (the eighth day after entering the sukkah)Extra-biblical, biblcal-based tradition:
Completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings. beginning of the annual cycle of Torah readings (we begin reading at Genesis 1:1). A day of celebration and dancing with the Torah scrolls. Often viewed as part of Sukkot, but technically occurs on the day after.Greetings:
Chag Sameach: joyous festivalMay be observed by:
Hanukkah—Festival of Lights
When:Should be observed by:
Eight days beginning on Kislev 25Biblical, Apocryphal, with added tradition:
Remembers the re-dedication of the Temple after it was defiled by the Greek Antiochus IV Epiphanes (who sacrificed a pig on the alter!). Two groups opposed Antiochus, the (Hasmonean) Maccabees and a group known as the Chassidim (no relation to the present Chassidim movements) from whom the P'rushim (Pharisees and modern Rabbis) emerged. Chanukah (Hanukkah) recalls their re-dedication of the Holy Temple (I Maccabees 4:56-59).The Christian Book of John records the following Chanukah account:
John 10:22 Then came Chanukah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 23 and Yeshua [Jesus] was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo's Colonnade.According to tradition (recorded in the Babylonian Talmud: Shabbat 21b) at the time of Temple's re-dedication there was not enough oil left to keep the Temple menorah lit as required. There was only enough oil to burn for one day. Miraculously the oil lasted for eight days (the time needed to prepare a fresh supply). To remember this miracle an eight day festival was declared known as the Festival of Lights. This account does not appear in the Book of Maccabees. Each night a flame is lit in memory following a traditional lighting pattern.
Tenth of Tevet
Tu Bishvat—New Year of the Trees
Shevat 15Biblical, nstituted at:
Leviticus 19:23 When you enter the land and plant various kinds of fruit trees, you are to regard its fruit as forbidden - for three years it will be forbidden to you and not eaten.This is the New Year's Day for calculating the age of trees
24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for praising ADONAI.
25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit, so that it will produce even more for you; I am ADONAI your God.
May be observed by:
Everyone who loves Eretz Israel. Planting trees in Israel is a great mitzvot!
Purim—Festival of LotsPurim
Ta'anit Esther–Fast of Esther
Purim and Shushan Purim
Adar 14Biblical, instituted at:
Esther 9:20 Mordekhai recorded these events and sent letters to all the Jews in all the provinces of King Achashverosh, both near and far,Remembers the defeat of a plot to exterminate the Jews. In a greater sense it refers to all attempts to destroy us and reminds us of HaShem's constant protection. Its a day of great joy and has been called the Jewish Halloween due to the costumes and public celebrations.
21 instructing them to observe the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and the fifteenth day, every year
"They Tried To Kill Us. They Failed. Let's Eat! May be observed by:
Jews. However all who stand with Klal Israel can participate in solidarity with us and in repentance for the harm their ancestors have done to our people, and for the harm currently being done.
Pesach—PassoverMonth of Nisan
Eve of Passover and Fast of the Firstborn
A Pesach Tale: An audiopod retelling of the story of Passover with Shlomo and friends.
Month of Elul and Sefirah—Counting of the OmerThe Month of Elul
An Odd Dream For Elul!
Counting the Omer Pesach to Shavu'ot: Info on the Divine Emanations (includes text and video versions)
Shavuot—Feast of Weeks—Yom HaBikurimShavu'ot
Mourning for Jerusalem: Seventeenth of Tammuz and Tisha B'AvFast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz
The Three Weeks and the Nine Days
Tisha B'Av—Ninth of Av
Tisha B'av: Shlomo reading Eichah (Lamentations)
Shlomo On Teshuvah - Tisha B'Av—Ninth of Av -- (September 08 25, 2015):
A talk presented at Harei Yeshua in Paradise, California.
Other fastsTa’anit Bekhorim: The Fast of the First Born
Israeli/Jewish national holidays and days of remembranceYom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day
Yom Hazikaron—Memorial Day
Yom Ha'atzmaut—Israel Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim—Jerusalem Day
Yom HaAliyah—Aliyah Day
Day to commemorate the expulsion of Jews from Arab lands and Iran
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