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The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2020 begins on Monday night, March 9, and continues through Tuesday, March 10, (March 11 in Jerusalem). It commemorates the (Divinely orchestrated) salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).

March 23-24, 2024

March 13-14, 2025

March 2-3, 2026

March 22-23, 2027


The Pesach (Passover) of Adonai occurred once, many years ago. Every Pesach (Passover) since has been a memorial to Adonai (Lord) in which the God of Yisrael redeemed His people from the bondage of slavery. It is through this Moadim (Appointed Times) of Adonai that Yeshua Ha Maschiach would redeem Yisrael and the nations from the bondage of our transgression that led to separation from our creator.

April 22-30, 2024

April 12-20, 2025

April 1-9, 2026

April 21-29, 2027

What Shavuot Commemorates

The word Shavuot (or Shavuos) means “weeks.” It celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

The Torah was given by Yahweh God to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai on Shavuot more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of God’s gift, and God “re-gives” the Torah.

June 11-13, 2024

June 1-3, 2025

May 21-23, 2026

June 10-12, 2027

Yom Teruah is also called Rosh Hashanah.

Leviticus 23 confirms that we are to observe Yom Teruah as a set-apart memorial of blowing and to bring Him an offering made by fire. Yom Teruah will be fulfilled when Yeshua Messiah returns.

Leviticus 23:23-25 CJB

23 Then Yahweh spoke to Moshe, saying,

24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing (the trumpets), a set-apart gathering.

25 You shall do no customary work on it, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.'”

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, on both days of the holiday (except if the first day is Shabbat, in which case we blow the shofar only on the second day).

The shofar blowing contains a series of three types of blasts: tekiah, a long sob-like blast; shevarim, a series of three short wails; and teruah, at least nine piercing staccato bursts.

The blowing of the shofar represents the trumpet blast that is sounded at a king’s coronation. Its plaintive cry also serves as a call to repentance. The shofar itself recalls the Binding of Isaac, an event that occurred on Rosh Hashanah in which a ram took Isaac’s place as an offering to God.

October 2-4, 2024

September 22-24, 2025

September 11-13, 2026

October 1-3, 2027

  • A time of Repentance

  • A time of Reflection

  • A time of Prayer

The 10 days beginning from Rosh Hashanna to Yom Kippur (are known as the "the 10 Days of Awe" or "10 Days of Repentance"). 

October 2 - October 11, 2024

What: Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year. It is also called the Day of Atonement “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed {purged} from all your sins before God” (Leviticus 16:30).

When: This year of 2020, beginning at sundown on Sunday, September 27 to after sundown on Monday, September 28—we “afflict our souls”: we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations. The Lord requires a complete fast and doing absolutely no work (Leviticus 23:26-32).

This is the day on which the children of Israel seek God to forgive the sins of their nation. The high priest only entered the Most Holy Place in the Temple on this day of the year, and with a blood sacrifice for himself and the nation. The scapegoat was also released into the desert after the sins of the nation had been spoken over it. This was a literal removal of demonic influences upon the community, as those demons associated with the sins were led out, with the goat, into the desert. On this day, YHVH decided whether or not to forgive the children of Israel and send their sins far away from them. Hence, Yom Kippur pronounced "YOM KEE pour" is a day of prayer, repentance, and deliverance.

That year, the people built the Tabernacle, portable home for God. The Tabernacle was a center for prayers and sacrificial offerings. The service in the Tabernacle climaxed on Yom Kippur when the High Priest would perform a specially prescribed service. Highlights of this service included offering incense in the Holy of Holies (where the ark was housed) and the lottery with two goats—one of which was brought as a sacrifice, the other being sent out to the wilderness (Azazel).

We are moved to repent of our sins and intercede on behalf of the lost. It is the day God either purges us of our sins or purges us from His Book of Life for no sin can glory in His presence.

Yom Kippur will be fulfilled on Judgment Day as revealed in Revelation 20:11-15.  

October 11-12, 2024

October 1-2, 2025

September 20-21, 2026

October 10-11, 2027

Sukkot is pronounced as {sue-coat}. The conclusion of Sukkot marks the beginning of the separate holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

What Is Sukkot?

Sukkot is known as the “Feast of Tabernacles.”

After repentance and deliverance during Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur, we must tabernacle with the Father. Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, is about entering the chamber of the Bridegroom for intimate fellowship. This year, 2020, has been unlike any the world has ever before seen. All the prophets agree that our Messiah is soon to return. However, the United States also stands on the verge of judgment from God. Let us leave all distractions behind and fellowship with God. We need Him now more than ever!

What are some Sukkot customs and practices?

It is traditional to build a sukkah, a temporary hut to dwell in during the holiday.

The booths are symbolic temporary shelters, commemorating the Israelites’ trek through the wilderness after God delivered them from slavery in Egypt and began preparing them to enter the Promised Land. On the first (Oct. 3) and eighth (Oct 10) day, God’s people are commanded to do no regular work and have a sacred assembly.

October 16-18, 2024

October 6-8, 2025

September 25-27, 2026

October 15-22, 2027

When Is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah also spelled as "Chanukah" begins on the eve of Kislev 25 and continues for eight days. On the civil calendar, it generally coincides with the month of December. 

Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and fried foods.

The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple (as you’ll read below). Also spelled Chanukah (or variations of that spelling), the Hebrew word is actually pronounced with a guttural, “kh” sound, kha-nu-kah, not tcha-new-kah.

In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and faith in God. Against all odds, a small band of faithful but poorly armed Jews, led by Judah the 

Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.

When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days until new oil could be prepared under ritual purity.

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Hanukkah.

How Hanukkah Is Observed

At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah lighting. The menorah holds nine flames, one of which is the shamash (“attendant”), which is used for kindling the other eight lights. On the first night, we light just one flame. On the second night, an additional flame is lit. By the eighth night of Hanukkah, all eight lights are kindled.

Special blessings are recited, often to a traditional melody, before the menorah is lit, and traditional songs are sung afterward.

A menorah is lit in every household (or even by each individual within the household) and placed in a doorway or window. The menorah is also lit in synagogues and other public places. In recent years, thousands of jumbo menorahs have cropped up in front of city halls and legislative buildings, and in malls and parks all over the world.

We recite the special Hallel prayer daily, and add V’Al Ha Nissim in our daily prayers and in the Grace After Meals, to offer praise and thanksgiving to G‑d for “delivering the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few ... the wicked into the hands of the righteous.”

Hanukkah Foods

Since the Chanukah miracle involved oil, eating foods fried in oil is customary. The Eastern-European classic is the potato latke (pancake) garnished with applesauce or sour cream, and the reigning Israeli favorite is the jelly-filled sufganya (doughnut).

Dreidel: the Chanukah Game

On Hanukkah, it is customary to play with a “dreidel” (a four-sided spinning top bearing the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei, and shin, an acronym for nes gadol hayah sham, “a great miracle happened there”). The game is usually played for a pot of coins, nuts, or other stuff, which is won or lost based on which letter the dreidel lands when it is spun.

Hanukkah Gelt

In today’s consumer-driven society, people tend to place great importance on giving Hanukkah gifts. However, the tradition is actually to give Hanukkah gelt, gifts of money, to children. In addition to rewarding positive behavior and devotion to Torah study, the cash gifts give the children the opportunity to give tzedakah (charity). This has also spawned the phenomenon of foil-covered “chocolate gelt.”

December 25 - Jan 2, 2024

December 14-22, 2025

December 4-12, 2026

December 24, 2027 - January 1, 2028

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