Yom Teruah, or Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated on the first day of the seventh Biblical month, Tishrei. It is one of the annual Sabbaths, and this year it falls on the weekly Sabbath, Saturday, September 19, 2020.
The Feast of Shavuot, or Feast of Weeks, is celebrated in late spring at the time of the early wheat harvest in Israel. The exact Hebrew date is not specified in Scripture. Shavuot is at the end of a period of counting fifty days, or seven weeks – thus the name Shavuot, a Hebrew word meaning “weeks,” or Pentecost, from a Greek word meaning “fiftieth.”
I remember as a youngster seeing this countdown in the newspaper announcing how many shopping days were left until Christmas. Back then, that number was important because it had gaps – it did not include Sundays, And the countdown didn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving.
The Spring Feasts this year (5780/2020) have certainly been different. COVID-19, the county and state stay-at-home orders and “social distancing” made our normal fellowship impossible. It is a stark contrast to the previous year. In fact, last year was relatively …Continue reading →
The Festival of Purim is celebrated for two days beginning on 14 Adar, the last Biblical month. In leap years when Adar II is added, Purim traditionally begins on 14 Adar II. For the Gregorian year 2021 it is Friday, …Continue reading →
As I write this, we are at the conclusion of the Biblical Appointed Times for this year. The Scriptures even call this time after Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, the “turn of the year” (Exodus 34:22).