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THE HIGH HOLY DAYS

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

EREV ROSH HaSHANAH

Sunday                Sept.29                    7:30 PM

SHABBAT SHUVAH

Saturday                    Oct. 5                   10:00 AM

YOM KIPPUR

Tuesday

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

SUKKOT

Monday                 Oct. 14                      7:00 PM

HOSHANA RABBAH & SHEMINI ATZERET

Sunday              Oct. 20                          6:30 PM

SIMCHAT TORAH

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.

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Daily Devotions

Ezra set his heart to seek the Torah of Adonai, to observe and to teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.

Ezra 7:10

Are you familiar with phrases about having our “daily devotions”? Where did that term originate? We don’t know when the word “devotions” was first used for periods of Bible study and prayer, but it’s appropriate. The word “devotion” means “earnest affection for a person or a cause.” It’s a better term than the word “commitment.” We can be committed to a cause out of sheer duty; but to be devoted implies commitment plus affection.

When we’re devoted to learning God’s Words, it helps to have the right study tool. The primary tool is having a Bible. Many also use a personal notebook to record their thoughts. A concordance (either online or in a book format) can help locate all the occurrences of a particular word in Scriptures. It’s rewarding to devoting ourselves to this study in observance of God’s Bible and teaching it to others. As you study your Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit, and live out the truths that God reveals to you, you will discover new stability, strength and confidence.