Holidays and Appointed Times

Shabbat
Occasionally referred to as the "first of the appointed times", the 7th day Sabbath is one of the central points of Jewish life. This is the time, appointed by G-d every week, we are to set aside to remove ourselves from our work and focus on the L-rd. Shabbat is like a weekly "date" with the creator of the universe.
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Purim
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.
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Passover
Passover is celebrated every year on Nissan 14 (Leviticus 23:4). Download a Passover Haggadah (The Telling), recipes, and instructions, for a re-creation of the "Last Supper" you will never forget.
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Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish new year is actually celebrated in the seventh calendar month of the Hebrew calendar (Leviticus 23:24). This holiday signals the beginning of the High Holy Days. Like most of the other celebrations, this one is joyous, but it also begins the "Days of Awe", a time which encourages us to take an introspective look at the past year as we draw closer to Yom Kippur.
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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.
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Sukkot
The Feast of Tabernacles is a feast of celebration. Once 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!
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Hanukkah
Hanukkah, or The Feast of Dedication, is one of the most well-known Jewish holidays among gentiles. There is a good reason for this: If the Maccabean revolt it celebrates had not taken place 160 years earlier, Yeshua would not have had a Temple to come to. He took this very time to declare Himself to the High Priests in that very Temple (John 10:22).
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