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Leviticus 23:26-32 Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: “However, the tenth day of this seventh month is Yom Kippur, a holy convocation to you, so you are to afflict yourselves. You are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai. You are not to do any kind of work on that set day, for it is Yom Kippur, to make atonement for you before Adonai your God. For anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. Anyone who does any kind of work on that day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no kind of work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It is to be a Shabbat of solemn rest for you, and you are to humble your souls. On the ninth day of the month in the evening—from evening until evening—you are to keep your Shabbat.”

Next Tuesday Evening, October 8, starts Yom Kippur; which continues all day Wednesday, October 9.

Yom Kippur is a great opportunity to stand together with all who gather around the world on this day to accept this invitation from our God. We follow many of the historic traditions that have been practiced around the world since the time of the Temple.  Interestingly, this is one of those times that God tells us: “It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings”

On Yom Kippur we are instructed to deny ourselves. I find this as an opportunity to let my flesh know that God is in charge.  Once again, we get to choose whether to accept this invitation of God. It will not add to your salvation nor will it add to God’s love for you. It is just an opportunity for us to stand together with all who choose to gather on this day and ask God to intervene on behalf of Israel and indeed, the whole world.

We do so in complete freedom. What a blessing.

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Rosh HaShannah

(Leviticus 23:23-25) Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it

This week we celebrate Yom Truah, now known as Rosh Hashanah. We are entering the biblical new year of 5779. Yom Truah (Rosh Hashanah) falls on the first day of the 7th month. The 7th Month is set apart as is the 7th day of each week and every 7th year. Our Rosh HaShannah Service is Sunday September 29 at 7:30PM. All of our Services are at Beth Messiah Fruitville.

It is exciting to recognize we are in a new season preparing to move to our own building in Bradenton; even as we move into the new year! Mark the recent time of being stretched as a chance for a new beginning, a new opportunity, to move into a higher level in your relationship with God. His invitation is open to you to draw closer to Him. He is the answer to every question you have.

The Sabbath that falls between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur is called the Sabbath of Return. Again, it is an invitation from God to return back to Him. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. This is a great season to leave anything in the old season behind that held you back and expect God to make next year better for you.

It is all about God and it’s all about the Messiah.

Stay focused on the All!

As always, all are invited to our free services to share in the invitation of our God.

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Leviticus 23:1-2 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

The High Holy Days are coming. As always, we get to choose to accept God’s invitation to meet in His Presence. Notice that all of the Designated Times belong to God. “My feasts, or My designated times”. The special times do not belong to Israel or the Jewish People. They belong to ADONAI our God. We should see each Holy Convocation as an opportunity to gather into God’s Presence. It is not for our salvation. Neither will God love us more for doing it. It should be seen just as a great opportunity.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants, loving ADONAI your God, paying attention to what he says and clinging to him – for that is the purpose of your life!

Observing the High Holy Days is about choosing life and blessing. It is about enjoying God’s reality to speak directly into our lives. Come to each service with the expectation that God wants to bless you. The more expectation you have, the more you will receive from God. These times are to bless you, indeed, an opportunity to bless all of Israel.

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High Holly Days schedule


Sunday                Sept.29                    7:30 PM


Saturday                    Oct. 5                   10:00 AM



Kol Nidre             Oct. 8                     7:15 PM

Wednesday               Oct. 9    

Shakhrit                                         10:00 AM

Torah Service                                11:30 AM

Musaf with Avoda                          1:45 PM

Mincha                                             2:30 PM

Memorial to Martyrs                     5:00 PM

Yizkor                                                 6:00 PM

N’ilah                                                  6:10 PM


Monday                 Oct. 14                      7:00 PM


Sunday              Oct. 20                          6:30 PM


Saturday                   Oct. 26                     10:00 AM

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Moadim (The Appointed Times)

God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” (Genesis 1:5)

God created time. The natural beauty of the world declares the glory of God.  “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1) God’s will is that we follow His directions.  “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) The High Holy Days are a part of God’s plans for us as community.  “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and tell them: These are the appointed moadim of ADONAI, which you are to proclaim to be holy convocations—My moadim (designated times).”  (Leviticus 23:2) The High Holy Days should not be viewed from our perspective as having to do with our performance. As we all know “it’s all about God and the Messiah”, so we approach this season in His freedom and love. God is the Lord of time, since He created it.  He knows best how we should use our time.  “Make the most of your time because the days are evil.”

(Ephesians 5:16)

It is imperative that we come into the High Holy Days with an attitude of appreciation and freedom that we have in the Messiah. “Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you in matters of food or drink, or in respect to a festival or new moon or Shabbat. These are a foreshadowing of things to come, but the reality is Messiah” (Colossians 2:16-17) It is appropriate, therefore, that we celebrate these festivals in a way that is consistent with our Messianic faith and exalts the Person of Yeshua.  The Moadim (Appointed Times) all find their fulfillment in Messiah. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.   Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass.”  (Matthew 5:17)

God’s Moadim (Appointed Times) remind us that He is Lord of the calendar, the King of creation, and that He is to be worshiped every day. God’s Appointed Times have a great deal to teach all who have crowned Him Lord of their lives.