The Twelve Festivals of Messiah

“Festival of Lights

The next festival we will be celebrating is Chanukkah. Exactly seventy days from the first day of the seven day observance of Sukkot (Tishri 15) is the first day of the eight day observance of Chanukkah (Kislev 25). Both the festival of Sukkot (סוכות-Booths) and the festival of Chanukkah (חנוכה-Dedication) are called the “Festival of Lights.” This year our observance will begin in the evening of Tuesday, December 12 (Kislev 25) and end in the evening of Wednesday, December 20 (Tevet 2). We have written twenty-four chapters on this festival (Start Here: Chapter 1).

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  1. Thoughts until Chanukkah
  2. The Little Torah
  3. The Royal Law of the Spirit
  4. The Little Torah within is also the Great Torah without!

Thoughts until Chanukkah:

Our web-site is dedicated to studying the festivals so we are presently on a break until Chanukkah. However, in the meantime we wanted to leave you with something to think about. So we leave you for now with an important question to ponder until we return to celebrate our winter Festival of Lights, Chanukkah (the Festival of Dedication):

Do you know the difference between the written Torah and the engraved Little Torah?

The Little Torah:

The Great Torah of the Spirit is also called the Little Torah (Scroll) and the “Royal Torah.” Unlike the imprinted Torah that was imprinted “upon” parchment (a mirror reflection of HaShem) by Moses, the royal engravings written by the Hand of G-d (באצבע אלהים-literally by the Finger of G-d) completely penetrate throughout “all” of our physical and spiritual being (upon, within, and through). This penetration throughout all of our being is like that event whereby the all-consuming fiery Hand (Finger) of G-d completely penetrated the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. The letters of the Ten Commandments were burned completely (all the way) through the tablets. For this reason:

The letters (pictographs) of the Ten Commandments became completely invisible; just as Adonai Avinu is invisible.

The invisibility of the Ten Commandments was only made visible by the physical form (background) that remained as a visible contrast to the Letters of G-d’s Hand after He had burned His invisible Presence all the way through the stone tablets. Therefore, in this manner of revelation the tablets of the Ten Commandments retained a dual nature. The dual nature of the Ten Commandments included both a physical nature (the visible stone background that made the invisible letters visible) and a spiritual nature that included the actual Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One that Indwelt the tablets of stone.

The Royal Law of the Spirit:

The Little Torah that is the Great Torah (more precious than the written Torah) is the Torah of the Spirit that penetrates “beyond” our inner being. This is the Royal Law of the actual Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One. The Spirit Himself is The Hand of Adonai. He is the One who will never leave or forsake us (Israel). The Spirit of Adonai is our Helper. Our Helper will never cease communicating upon, within, and through us His ineffable perfecting works of ahavah and chesed (love and grace).

The Little Torah within is also the Great Torah without!

In the invisible Presence of Adonai that Indwells us, in the Small Book (בידו ספר קטן) we discover how we shall one day live our lives in perfect Friendship with Adonai Avinu (shalem) and each other (shelamim). For it is written:

“.לכן היו שלמים, כמו שאביכם שבשמים שלם הוא”

“So be perfect (שלמים-shelamim, a peace offering) as your heavenly Father is perfect (שלם-shalem; our perfect Friend).”

We must voluntarily, therefore, now offer up our lives to Adonai Avinu as a living sacrifice. It is time for our people and our nation to be consumed all the way through with the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit of Holiness. Then like Avinu Shebashamayim (our Father in heaven) we shall dwell in His Community of Shalem.

ויבא יעקב שלם עיר שכם אשר בארץ כנען בבאו מפדן ארם ויחן את־פני העיר׃

And Ya’akov came to the Community of Shalem [in the region] of Shechem, which was in the land of Canaan, when they came from Padanaram, and he rested before (את־פני) the Community (העיר).

*Community of Shalem (שלם עיר):  {also cf. Jacob’s Dream} A near future place and state of being where all redeemed humankind shall exist together in a state of universal friendship and harmony with Adonai our Father.

Therefore if we (Israel) by the mercies of Avi HaRachamim present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice, a peace offering that is acceptable to Abba Avinu, then we will all receive the permanent Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness. The Spirit of Holiness: He is the One who will remove all of our sins and thereafter transform our minds so that we (Israel) may prove what the will of Adonai Eloheinu is. For our heavenly Father desires that we behave in a manner that makes for perfect Friendship. We must strive to do what is good (הטוב) and expedient (הרצוי) for we owe an eternal debt of friendship to Adonai our Father.

So like our father Abraham (the friend of G-d) we (all Israel) must be willing to become a peace offering (shelamim) to Adonai so that then all of His promises (to our father Abraham) will come true. For so He has sworn everlasting friendship to our father Abraham and through him to all of the prophets (and His Word cannot be broken). Therefore, we believe that the time for change is now. It is time for our people to be reconciled to Adonai Avinu and our nation of Israel to be fully restored.

Now is the time for our Messiah to return to Israel and restore to us the Kingdom of Adonai.

It is time now for our Messiah to return to us from the far country (heaven)  and restore to us the Kingdom of Adonai. Now is the time for all of us to receive the gift of our Father in heaven which is the permanent Indwelling Presence of His Spirit. Now is the time for all of us (Israel) to receive the gift of the LIttle Torah (Scroll) that is the Great Torah of the actual Indwelling Presence of the Living One (Ruach Elohim Chayim). Therefore, it is written:

ונתתי לכם לב חדש ורוח חדשה אתן בקרבכם והסרתי את־לב האבן מבשרכם ונתתי לכם לב בשר׃ ואת־רוחי אתן בקרבכם ועשיתי את אשר־בחקי תלכו ומשפטי תשמרו ועשיתם׃

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit will be within you, and I will remove the heart of the stone from your flesh, and I will give you the heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit inside you so that you will walk [by the moving of My Spirit] in My decrees and carefully keep My laws.

וכרתי להם ברית שלום ברית עולם יהיה אותם ונתתים והרביתי אותם ונתתי את־מקדשי בתוכם לעולם׃ והיה משכני עליהם והייתי להם לאלהים והמה יהיו־לי לעם׃

I will make a Brit Shalom (ברית שלוםCovenant of Shalom) with them; it will be an Everlasting Covenant (ברית עולם-Brit Olam) with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their G-d, and they will be My people.

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Peace be upon you! Shalom Aleichem!

Peace be upon you! (שלום עליכם‎‎) This *web-site is dedicated to the study of the Twelve Festivals of Messiah. There are Twelve Festivals of Messiah that we will be studying this Jewish calendar year 5778 (sunset September 20, 2017 to nightfall Sunday, September 9, 2018). We go off in a lot of directions but we always return to the same task, the study of the festivals; and that is pretty much all we are trying to do for now.

Festival dates, worship forms, and scholarly studies:

We are (messianic) Jews. So we are interested in reading other Jewish views and perspectives related to the practice of our faith in Adonai Eloheinu. This is why we recommend you visit the Chabad.org and Hebcal.com sites (cf. bottom of page; recommended study links). We recommend  you visit these sites so you can get acquainted with some of the worship forms and scholarly studies of the larger Jewish body.

You will find that we disagree a considerable amount with much of the teaching of our ultra-orthodox rabbis, however, please do not mistake our disagreements for a lack of love. We believe that with emet (האמת-the truth) there must also be present chesed (חסד-loving-kindness). Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (late Chief Rabbi of England) wisely has said, whenever chesed (loving-kindness) and emet (relational truth, reliability) are used together chesed (covenantal love) always comes first, as if to say:

“Speak the truth by all means; but be quite sure you speak the truth in love.”

This saying of Rabbi Hertz is very similar to what Rabbi Shaul Ben Benyamin says in his writing about the kind of attitude one should maintain when one presents a difficult truth to another:

אלא נדבר את האמת באהבה ונגדל בכל דבר אלי המשיח, אשר הוא הראש.  פ

But speaking the truth (האמת-ha-emet) in love (אהבה-ahavah, deeply affectionate love), we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head (הָרֹאשׁ-Ha-Rosh), even the Messiah (המשיח-Ha-Mashiach).

We will attempt to do the same. We will speak the truth (emet). Yet we will do so in an attitude of love (ahavah and chesed); recognizing all the while the great love Avinu Shebashamayim (our Father in heaven) possesses for all the children of Israel and for all the people of the world.

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