Friday, September 27, 2013

Simchat Torah

Tonight, we will end the Feast of Tabernacles by celebrating Simchat Torah - which means Rejoicing in the Torah.  It is traditional to stay up all night, reading and teaching the Torah.  We study, we eat, we dance and parade the Torah around the synagogue, and we worship Hashem, thanking Him for the gift of His Holy Word.

I will share more tomorrow evening.

Shabbat Shalom to you all.

In the Torah, we read:  “On the eighth day shall be a holy convocation to you… it is a holding back (atzeret)” (Leviticus 23:36). This holiday is an invitation to linger one more day with Hashem - to enjoy our time together just a litle bit longer.  The time in the sukkah will end, but not intimacy with Him. 

New Series - Wisdom

This 31 day series will focus on the things I learned from Proverbs, as well as some things from Torah study, and will add in a sprinkling of what I've learned from Judaism. 

I will be posting daily through October 31.  To read the posts,go to the Labels section on the left, and click on "31 Days of His Wisdom."

I'll be linking these posts to the 31 Days event at The Nester

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday

On October 1, I will begin a new series called "31 Days of Wisdom."  As a believer in Yeshua (Jesus), I've learned a whole new way of looking at the Scriptures - by looking through the lens of Judaism.  I hope you come back by.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chag Sukkot Sameach

Enjoying decorating the sukkah
The Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, follows Yom Kippur, and is a time of great rejoicing. 

In Leviticus 23:33 - 44, The L-rd commands us to observe this Feast in remembrance of  the wilderness experience of the children of Israel.  Sukkot in Hebrew means "booths".   During this Feast, we reflect on the 40 year journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land.  Most people think they lived in tents during the journey, but actually, they built shelters of tree trunks and branches, called booths.  (Click the link to learn more about Sukkot)

This year, for the first time, we built our sukkah inside the synagogue.  It worked out well, and everyone enjoyed decorating it and sitting in it...even though we had to look through to window to see the stars. Sometimes, you just have to go to Plan B, right?

Our grandson helped us build the sukkah and we had so much fun with him.  We taught him to say, "We build the sukkah to remember that G-d takes care of us."  He is so sweet.
Helping PawPaw tie on the fruit and vegetables
G-d gives us vegetables! 

Dancing the hora!

Waving the lulav


This year's celebration was enjoyed by all - we decorated, we danced and worshipped, we ate (of course), and we shared stories of how Hashem has provided for us over the past year. 

We are looking forward to Simchat Torah on Friday evening.  Rejoicing in the Torah - YES!

Here is video about Sukkot in Israel - Enjoy!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur service at Ma'gen Da'vid Synagogue
Leviticus 23:27  "... on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement:   it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and you shall afflict your souls..."

The Torah teaches, in Leviticus,  the high priest must go inside the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur to make atonement for the sins of the whole nation of Israel. According to the Torah, this is an everlasting statute. 

Since there is no temple at which to make the sacrifice, how can atonement be made? In traditional Judaism, prayers are said and forgiveness is sought and offerings of money are made to the local synagogue. 

Messianic Judaism is different in that we believe our sin debt has already been paid by Yeshua the Messiah.   He is the High Priest now and He has paid the sacrifice – His perfect, blameless life, and His death and blood on the cross. We believe this Scripture:

Messiah Yeshua came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews  9:11-12)

 In Messianic Judaism, we wear white clothing.  We also dress the ark and the Torah in white These are to remind us that Adonai is holy, and He requires pure, holy lives.  Adonai takes sin very seriously, and requires us to do the same. 

As Messianic Jews, we use this time of reflection to examine ourselves, and we repent of any sins in our lives.  Afterward, we acknowledge the sacrifice of Yeshua for our sins and thank Him for that payment.  We also ask forgiveness of others and attempt to make amends in any unresolved conflicts. 

We rejoice that Yeshua is the Anointed One promised by G-d in Isaiah.  We read in Luke 4:18-21: “ Now when He went to Natzeret, where He had been brought up, on Shabbat He went to the synagogue as usual. He stood up to read, and He was given the scroll of the prophet Yesha‘yahu. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

 “The Spirit of Adonai is upon me;
therefore He has anointed me
to announce Good News to the poor;
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned
and renewed sight for the blind,
to release those who have been crushed,
 to proclaim a year of the favor of Adonai.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

After closing the scroll and returning it to the shammash, he sat down; and the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. He started to speak to them: “Today, as you heard it read, this passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled!” (Luke 4:18-21)

Yes, friends, Yeshua is the final, atonement for sin – forever.  No more blood of goats and calves.  His blood alone can atone.  Only His blood can pay the price.  I pray you will believe and receive this truth and accept Him as the promised Messiah who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29)


Scripture references are from The Complete Jewish Bible.

Read more about Yom Kippur by clicking on the label on the left side of my blog.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My new kitchen

Greetings Gail-Friends!

I've made a decision to put off beginning Wisdom Wednesday until next Wednesday, October 2.  I want to use this Wednesday to show you my new kitchen.  This has been a dream of mine forever!  To appreciate the new, you have to see the old.  The picture below shows the awful green and white cabinets.  The green is so dark, it almost looks black.  Depressing, right? 
This was taken when the ladies and I were making apple kugel a few years ago.

I've been wanting white cabinets for a long, long time.  Well, now I have them...and I'm in love.  Aren't they beautiful?  I love white.  As a matter of fact, I now have white walls though out my home.  I like it like that (big smile).

I am so happy with the gingerbread as you enter the kitchen.  I found one of them at a garage sale a couple of years ago, and the other one at Lowe's this summer.  So blessed to find a matching one.

The knobs and drawer pulls are from Lowe's and are exactly what I dreamed of.  Happy dance!

I'm really pleased with my Pinterest project.  I saw this wine glass rack about a year ago, found a rake at a garage sale, and here you go.  I absolutely love this, don't you?

Don't you LOVE the Love sign?  Found it at Hobby Lobby.

The best part is the re-do of my pantry. 
My sweet husband built shelves from top to bottom.  What a sweetheart he is, right?  Now I can have all my pots and pans and lids in arms reach.  I also have a place for my kitchen appliances, and cookbooks!  Oh, the joy this has brought into my home-maker heart!  Can you tell I'm excited?  I even have empty places in my regular cabinets.  Woo-hoo!  Had to take a picture quick, because you know the rule, right?  Junk will expand to fill up any empty space.

I love having a shelf for my cookbooks!
I found the sweet bird prints at an outlet store, and the silver trays came from the Dollar Tree.  I love them both so much.

I bought the Faith and Hope signs at Hobby Lobby, too.  I like that I have all three in my kitchen because it reminds me of the scripture from I Corinthians 13:
But for now, three things last —faith, hope, love; 
and the greatest of these is love.
My sweet husband worked so hard to make this dream come true for me.  He is a perfect example of the love found in that same passage:

Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful,
not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, 
and it keeps no record of wrongs. 
 Love does not gloat over other people’s sins
but takes its delight in the truth.
Love always bears up, always trusts,
always hopes, always endures.
Yes, he was ALL of that while we worked together on the kitchen.  We are not yet finished with this kitchen project.  We still have to replace the floor covering (because it was ripped when we moved the frig), and will be replacing the countertops and dishwasher...later!  The High Holy Days put everything on hold.  
This counted cross stitch piece over my stove has been in my kitchen for many years.  I made it back in the 80's.  This verse is one I want to remember and follow daily.  I am so blessed to have a home, and a wonderful husband, children and a grandson.  I love being a wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker.  This is my calling and I love what I do.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday

 L'Shana Tova!

The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: - Psa 111:10a

One day, I fell to my knees and cried out to G-d.  I asked for HIS wisdom...not the wisdom of the church to which I belonged....and certainly not the wisdom of the world.  I wanted HIS wisdom and I began to seek it diligently.

My search led me to Messianic Judaism and to joy and wisdom like I'd never, ever known before.  I've been blessed beyond measure and my joy continues to increase along with my wisdom. I 'm sure you've heard the saying "What Would Jesus Do?"  Well, dear readers, He would have celebrated Rosh Hashanah because he was Jewish.

David blowing the shofar

This evening at sundown, Rosh Hashanah will begin - also known as Yom Teruah - the Day of Trumpets. The Holy Scriptures command observance of this holy day:

Leviticus 23:24-25  
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 

I am happy that my Wisdom Wednesday series is beginning with this holy day.  I invite you to learn about Rosh Hashanah from previous posts I've done on that subject (on the left side bar under labels).

I pray for you, dear Gail-Friend, to experience the joys that Yeshua (Jesus) experienced in the Feasts and the study of the Torah...and of Judaism.

Since my next post will be during the Ten Days of Awe, I will not post on September 11.  This is a season of quiet reflection, of seeking the face of Adonai, and of teshuvah (repentence).  I look forward to time alone with Him.  If you are visiting during that time, please learn more about the High Holy Days by clicking on that subject on the left side bar under "Labels".   I will return on Wednesday, September 18.

Rosh Hashanah is also the beginning of the new year on the Jewish calendar.  That's why I started my post with L'Shana Tova, which is Hebrew for Happy New Year!  We wish you and your families Shana Tova U'mtuka – a sweet year filled with possibilities and blessings.

Since these days ahead are about repentence, I share this song, which is profound.  I pray you will receive the message it declares:

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