To the Jew first and also to the Gentile To the Jew first and also to the Gentile

Feasts & Holidays

Jewish Jewel:

What is the little cap some Jews wear?
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If you'll notice each holiday has a link just above it where you can click to get more information.

Purim is the first feast of the year on the Gregorian calendar and is probably the most fun. It takes little preparation, and involves the children as well as adults. It tells the story of Esther (YAY!) and Haman (BOO!). You'll catch on quickly.

Passover (Pesach)
Passover is celebrated every year on Nissan 14. Download a Passover Haggadah (The Telling), recipes, and instructions, for a re-creation of the "Last Supper" you will never forget.

Rosh HaShanah (Yom Teruah)
The Jewish new year is actually celebrated in the seventh calendar month of the Hebrew calendar (Passover comes in the first month). This is the beginning of the "High Holy Days" and "The Days of Awe." Like most of the other celebrations, this one is joyous, but it leads up to Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) ten days later, which is very somber.

Yom Kippur
The Day of Atonement is more an event than a celebration. To those of G-D's chosen who have not yet found the Messiah, this day is sometimes met with confusion and uncertainty. This would have been the day that all of Israel would have flocked to the Temple to offer sacrifices for their sins over the past year. With the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, the only place authorized by G-D for such sacrifices was gone.

The Feast of Tabernacles is once again a feast of celebration. The crops are in, there are sacrifices of thankfulness to be offered. No work is done on the first and eighth days. You should build a sukkah (a simple temporary structure outdoors), and have a party!

Aside from Passover, Hanukkah or The Feast of Dedication, is the Jewish holiday most Gentiles are aware of. There is a good reason for this. If the revolt it celebrates had not taken place 160 years earlier, Y'shua would not have had a Temple to come to. Also He took this very time to declare Himself to the High Priests in that very Temple (John 10:22). This is a great time, with lots to do, and stories to tell. For eight days!