The challenge for the month of Tishrei:
to become more familiar with the Jewish calendar, holidays, and feasts.
- Print a copy of Leviticus 23
- mark the 7 feasts (label each in the margin)
- highlight or underline repeated words or phrases (like the synonyms “rest”, “Sabbath”, or “do no ordinary work”)
- Make a list of the Jewish holidays (To keep it simple you might want to only list the major holidays, but if you are already familiar with these, check out the many other holidays they celebrate.)
- Mark the major holidays on your calendar or print out a Jewish calendar (When you follow the link put in your preferences of which holidays you’d like on the calendar and then click on “create calendar” at the bottom) — (Do You Pray for Yourself?” Follow this link to see how I am using this calendar to pray for myself throughout this year. )
- As the months pass, check out and try to become familiar with the history behind and the traditions of each holiday.
- BONUS: Do a little research on the Jewish lunar calendar. Becoming familiar with the names of the months is like finding a little key that adds new understanding to your Bible reading. (The LORD is sovereign over WHEN as well as what and where.)
- Choose a few of the many circular calendars that are posted on-line to print. (a great place to start is with a Google Images search of “calendar of Jewish feasts”)
- Read about the cycles of the calendar and the dating of Jewish years. (This new year, that starts on Monday, September 14, 2015, will be 5776.)
You may also want to check out some of the symbols of Israel and become familiar with the various symbols (including symbolic foods) associated with each of the Jewish holidays.
(The photos above were taken in Jerusalem. The framed menorah was in the tunnels under the city by the Western Wall. The golden menorah was in the courtyard by the Temple Institute where the people of Israel are making preparations for the Third Temple. I stood beside it as a reference for the size.)
This would be a great time to start a XKA 2016 notebook or folder to keep your notes, charts, and calendars in one place. This is the cover I made for my notebook. You’re welcome to use it for a cover if you wish: XKA cover coat of arms
So, until next time…
שמחה ראש השנה
“Happy Rosh Hashanah!”
or “A Good Sweet Year”
Shalom to you on “Yom Teruah” (a day of shouting/raising a noise), the Biblical holiday, the Feast of Trumpets from Leviticus 23