The Twelve Festivals of Messiah

Peace be upon you! !שלום עליכם

  1. Engraved Letters and Written Letters
  2. The Little Torah and the Royal Law of the Spirit
  3. Shalom be upon you! Shalom Aleichem
  4. Festival dates, worship forms, and scholarly studies
  5. By all means speak the Truth in Love

Engraved Letters and Written Letters:

ונתתי להם לב אחד ורוח חדשה אתן בקרבכם והסרתי לב האבן מבשרם ונתתי להם לב בשר׃

וְנָתַתִּי לָהֶם לֵב אֶחָד וְרוּחַ חֲדָשָׁה אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם וַהֲסִרֹתִי לֵב הָאֶבֶן מִבְּשָׂרָם וְנָתַתִּי לָהֶם לֵב בָּשָֽׂר׃

And I will give them one heart (לב אחד), and put a new spirit (רוח חדשה) within you (Israel). And I will take the heart of stone (לב האבן) out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (לב בשר). (Ezekiel 11:19)

ונתתי לכם לב חדש ורוח חדשה אתן בקרבכם והסרתי את־לב האבן מבשרכם ונתתי לכם לב בשר׃

וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם לֵב חָדָשׁ וְרוּחַ חֲדָשָׁה אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם וַהֲסִרֹתִי אֶת־לֵב הָאֶבֶן מִבְּשַׂרְכֶם וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם לֵב בָּשָֽׂר׃

Moreover, I will give you (Israel) a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים נְאֻם־ה’ וְכָרַתִּי אֶת־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת־בֵּית יְהוּדָה בְּרִית חֲדָשָֽׁה׃ לֹא כַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר כָּרַתִּי אֶת־אֲבֹותָם בְּיֹום הֶחֱזִיקִי בְיָדָם לְהֹוצִיאָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֲשֶׁר־הֵמָּה הֵפֵרוּ אֶת־בְּרִיתִי וְאָנֹכִי בָּעַלְתִּי בָם נְאֻם־ה’׃ כִּי זֹאת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר אֶכְרֹת אֶת־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל אַחֲרֵי הַיָּמִים הָהֵם נְאֻם־ה’ נָתַתִּי אֶת־תֹּֽורָתִי בְּקִרְבָּם וְעַל־לִבָּם אֶכְתֲּבֶנָּה וְהָיִיתִי לָהֶם לֵֽאלֹהִים וְהֵמָּה יִֽהְיוּ־לִי לְעָֽם׃ וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עֹוד אִישׁ אֶת־רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו לֵאמֹר דְּעוּ אֶת־ה’ כִּֽי־כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אֹותִי לְמִקְטַנָּם וְעַד־גְּדֹולָם נְאֻם־ה’ כִּי אֶסְלַח לַֽעֲוֹנָם וּלְחַטָּאתָם לֹא אֶזְכָּר־עֹֽוד׃

“Behold, days are coming,” declares Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant (ברית חדשה) with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares Adonai. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares Adonai, “I will put My law within them (Israel) and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their G-d, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know Adonai,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Adonai, “for I will forgive their (Israel’s) iniquity, and their (Israel’s) sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

In the Torah there is a difference between engraved (not with ink) Hebrew letters and written Hebrew letters (with ink). Written letters are only partially penetrating to the objects they are impressed upon. In contrast, engravings are completely penetrating. This is the difference between the written Torah and the Living Torah (the one true Oral Torah of the Spirit). First, the written Torah (the law of Moses) is written upon us, it does not dwell within us, and it is not living through us. Second, in contrast, the Living Torah (the Oral Torah of the Spirit) dwells upon us, in us, and through us.

On the first Shavuot, Moses came down from Mount Sinai and gave us the Ten Commandments that were engraved by the Hand of Adonai. This was a promise that one day our hearts would not just be written upon but they also would be engraved like the two tablets prophetically were. In the second and final Shavuot, after our redemption was secured, the ‘Moses to come’ (the Messiah) sent down from heaven to us the Living Torah that is the Indwelling Presence of the Hand of G-d. The Hand of G-d is the omnipresent Spirit of the Holy One Who indwells us forever.

The Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One: He is our Living Torah.

He is our never-ending Oral Torah for He is eternally present “upon,” “in,” and “through” us and He will never cease from communicating His unending love for us. Therefore it is a true saying that:

The Engraved Torah is superior to the written Torah.

Prophecy will “cease” because all of the written Torah of Adonai will one day be fulfilled. Greater than the temporal fulfillment of the written Torah is the never-ending relational-loving Presence of the Spirit of Adonai.

כי חלקית היא ידיעתנו ובארח חלקי מתנבאים אנו, אך בבוא המשלם יבטל החלקי. פ

כִּי חֶלְקִית הִיא יְדִיעָתֵנוּ וּבְאֺרַח חֶלְקִי מִתְנַבְּאִים אָנוּ, אַךְ בְּבוֹא הַמֻּשְׁלָם יְבֻטַּל הַחֶלְקִי.פ

“For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes (המשלם), the partial will be done away.”

Therefore, the engraved gift of the Father—the Holy Spirit, the Oral Torah of the Messiah given to us on the second and final Shavuot—is the complete fulfillment of all of the written Torah of Moses given to us on the first Shavuot. Therefore, it is the Holy Spirit Himself Who will perfect us on the day of resurrection and it is the Spirit Himself Who will maintain our perfection for all eternity!

The Little Torah and the Royal Law of the Spirit:

Do you know the difference between the written Torah and the engraved 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) written down by Moses—-the royal “engravings” of the Ten Commandments were inscribed by the actual Hand of G-d.

These royal engravings that were inscribed by the Hand of G-d  (בְּאֶצְבַּ֥ע אֱלֹהִֽים-literally by the Finger of G-d) completely penetrated throughout “all” of the two tablets of the Ten Commandments.

This penetration of the actual Presence of HaShem—all the way through His two tablets—represents the penetration of the Spirit of the Holy One “upon, in and through” all of our physical and spiritual being.

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 (our Father and our G-d) is our Helper (1, 2). Our Helper will never cease communicating “upon, within, and through” us His ineffable perfecting works of ahavah and chesed.

This penetration throughout all of our being by the Spirit of Adonai (our Father and our G-d) is exactly like that event whereby the all-consuming fiery Hand of G-d (His Spirit) completely penetrated the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. The letters of the Ten Commandments were burned completely all the way through the tablets (upon, within, and through). For this reason:

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

However, the invisibility of the Ten Commandments was ultimately made visible. How was the invisible Presence of the Spirit of G-d made visible? The invisibility of the Ten Commandments was made visible by the physical form (background) that remained as a visible contrast to the actual Letters from G-d’s Hand that remained after He had burned His invisible Presence all the way through the two stone tablets.

In this manner of revelation, therefore, the tablets of the Ten Commandments retained a dual nature.

The dual nature of the Ten Commandments included both a visible 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 two tablets of stone. This means that present in the Ten Commandments there was both the invisible Presence of the invisible G-d and a “visible image” of His Presence that was revealed in the surrounding stone background. Therefore, we read regarding the Messiah (1, 2):

.הוא צלם של האלוהים הבלתי נראה, בכור כל בריאה

“He is the image of the invisible G-d (Tselem Elohim), the firstborn of all creation”

Shalom be upon you! Shalom Aleichem:

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 peace.” G-d is the G-d of Peace (אלוהי השלום). So the one who is asking says “shalom unto you.” Peace is mentioned first, because the first person knows that he wants the peace – the blessedness of the actual 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 peace and unity in the plural— between Himself and the two persons.

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 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.

By all means speak the Truth in Love:

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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