The Twelve Festivals of Messiah

Peace be upon you! !שלום עליכם

  1. Shalom aleichem! (Shalom be upon you)
  2. This web-site
  3. We are followers of Yeshua
  4. Festival dates, worship forms, and scholarly studies
  5. By all means speak the Truth in Love

Shalom aleichem! (Peace be upon you):

Shalom aleichem (שלום עליכם‎‎) is a spoken greeting in Hebrew, meaning “peace be upon you.”

The appropriate response is aleichem shalom – עליכם שלום – “unto you shalom.” Although the word shalom most often is translated as peace it means more than peace. This Hebrew word means: health, security, tranquility, success, comfort, and peace  G-d is the G-d of Shalom (אלוהי השלום). So the one who is asking says “shalom unto you.” Shalom is mentioned first, because the first person knows that he wants the health, security, tranquility, success, comfort, and peace – the happiness (blessedness) of the actual Friendship (Presence) of G-d – and is asking the other person to agree. The person who responds says “unto you (plural) peace,” for Elohei Ha-Shalom is the One who actually creates perfect peace and unity (שָׁלֵם-Shalem: well-being, wholeness, wellness; absolute friendship, relational completeness) in the plural (שְׁלֵמִים-shelamim)—between Himself and the two (or more) persons. Therefore, it is written:

כי במקום אשר שניים או שלושה נאספים לשמי שם אני בתוכם.פ

“For *in the place where two or more (lit. three) are gathered in **my name ***I am with you.”

*בְּמָקוֹם – “In (the) place.”

**נֶאֱסָפִים לִשְׁמִי – “Gathered (added) in(to) my name.”

***שָׁם אֲנִי בְּתוֹכָם – “There I am” (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

This web-site:

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 Jews who are followers of Yeshua. So we are interested in reading other Jewish views and perspectives related to the practice of our faith in HaShem (Adonai Elohei Tseva’ot). 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.

We are followers of Yeshua:

Yeshua is our Rabbi. He is our Messiah. We believe our Messiah is a man. We do not worship the Messiah; nor does he worship himself. For Rabbeinu Messiah has said:פ

האלוהים הוא רוח, והעובדים אותו צריכים לעבדו ברוח ובאמת.פ

God is Spirit, and His worshipers (servants) must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

Therefore, we worship only Adonai Eloheinu. He is Spirit. Not a man. He is our (eternal) Father and our G-d. Therefore, forty days before ascending (cf. Enoch and Elijah) into heaven the Messiah Yeshua said:

לכי אל אחי (יהודים) והגידי להם: אני עולה אל אבי ואביכם, אל אלוהי ואלוהיכם.פ

“Go to my (Jewish) brothers and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my G-d and your G-d.”

We believe that the Messiah Yeshua ben Yosef ben David is a man who worships only Adonai Avinu (ה’ אבינו). Not himself or anything or anyone else. We believe that we Jews together with those Gentiles who reverence (יִרְאֵ֣י -fearers of ה’) and love G-d are the *house of G-d (בֵּית־אֵל-Beit-El). We are the *house. We are not the one true “G-d of the house” (הָאֵל֙ בֵּֽית־אֵ֔ל-Ha El Beit-El). G-d is greater than the house that He Indwells. We are the house (בית המקדש-the Temple) where the Spirit of G-d dwells. We worship only Him. Not ourselves or anything or anyone else. So like our Jewish brother the Messiah Yeshua – a humble man, a perfect man whose name means the Salvation of Adonai – we worship only Adonai Eloheinu; who is both our (eternal) Father and our G-d!

*Redeemed humanity is the permanent Temple of G-d that He dwells in forever; He does not dwell in temples that are made with human hands (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

By all means speak the Truth in Love:

You will find that we disagree a considerable amount with much of the teaching of the haredim (חרדים), the “ultra-orthodox” (1, 2). 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 (kind, charitable, and gracious) love (חסד-chesed).”

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 we will speak the truth (האמת-ha-emet) in (unselfish, deeply affectionate, and enduring) love (אהבה-ahavah), and we will grow up (develop, mature) in all aspects in him who is the head (הָרֹאשׁ-ha-rosh), even the Messiah (המשיח-ha-mashiach).

We will attempt to do the same. We will talk truth (נדבר את האמת). 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) has for all His children of Israel and for all the people of the world.

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