fall feasts

Rosh HaShannah

Rosh HaShanah is literally translated as "Head of the Year" but is often referred to as "The Feast of Trumpets". This feast commemorates the beginning of the Jewish Year with the blowing of the shofar, but it takes place in the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar.

Rosh HaShanah is a time of celebration but it is also a time of reflection, repentance and sanctification. It is a time when GOD's Kingship is in focus as well as the covenants that He made with his people. It begins the ten-day time period known as the "Days of Awe" in which forgiveness and cleansing from sin is sought from GOD the King, in preparation for the next feast of Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, in Hebrew, means "The Day of Atonement". The word "Atonement" can be understood as "covering" which coincides with the sacrificial offerings associated with this day. This was the only day in a year that the High Priest was to enter the Holy of Holies within the temple. The Priest was to follow all of GOD's instructions down to the last detail before entering and making a sacrifice. If he did not do as instructed, all actions and sacrifices would be for nothing and the sins of the people and the priesthood would not be covered and forgiven.

The spiritual aspect of this Holy day is found in the manifestation of Yeshua the Messiah as the final and perfect sacrifice for sin thus uniting us with GOD once again.

Sukkot

Sukkot is known two ways in scripture, the “Feast of Tabernacles” (Sukkot) and “Feast of the Ingathering.” The word “Tabernacle” here refers to a temporary dwelling place. This feast is an annual reminder of GOD’s miraculous provision during the time Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. This season is the most joyous and festive of the all feasts, because it celebrates GOD’s “goodness and provision” and wonderfully portrays the coming of the Messiah.

Simchat Torah

One of the happiest of all the Hebraic holidays is Simchat Torah, meaning “Rejoicing in the Torah.” It is second only to Purim in its joyous celebration. Simchat Torah immediately follows the feast of Sukkot. This delightful holiday has but one word to describe it – Joy! There is joy in the home, joy in the weekly Sabbath gathering, and joy throughout the entire community.