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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Rosh Chodesh
Rosh Chodesh, literally "Head of the Month", is the first day of every Hebrew month marked by the New Moon. It is a minor holiday celebrated by announcing the coming month and praying for peace, prosperity, and closeness with G-d during the coming month.
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Purim
Purim is the first feast of the year on the Gregorian calendar and one of 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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Shavuot
The feast of Shavuot (weeks), known in Christendom as Pentecost (fiftieth) occurs seven weeks and one day (50 days) after the Sabbath during Passover. This special day is known as the anniversary of the Torah being given to Moses, and the day the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles (Acts 2)
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Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah)
Though it falls during the seventh month of the Biblical year, Rosh Hashanah, "Head of the Year", is considered the Jewish new year because it begins the Days of Awe, a time of introspection which encourages us to take a 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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