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Category Archives: Biblical Feasts

Rosh HaShanah: getting used to G-d’s Presence


Liberation Rosh Hashana starts this year on Friday evening September 18 after sunset. The month of Tishri is the seventh month of the Jewish calendar year. Once it was the first month and that is why the first of the three autumn festivals is called: Israeli New Year, Rosh Hashanah. But since the Exodus from...
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Recipe for round sweet challah


The round loaf with ‘no beginning ad no end’ symbolizes continuity of life. This challah is baked for Rosh HaShanah, the first and most important New Moon feast at the beginning of the Jewish calendar. We wish each other Shana Tovah, means “A good year”. The sweetness symbolizes the goodness that we receive from our...
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Room for dissidents


Awesome Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur and the days in between are called “Yamim Noraim” and it means “Awesome days”. Also called the “Days of Conversion”, in Hebrew: “Ashereth Yemee Teshuvah”. This period of: Rosh HaShanah, the days in between and then the closing with Yom Kippur. Rosh HaShanah is seen in the Bible as...
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Shavuot, a peak into G-d’s Kingdom Hall


Shavuot The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is the culmination of the confidence that Adonai gave to created man (Adam), but that was so cruelly violated by us. After all, Adonai had created humanity out of chaos (The earth was desolate and empty) for the purpose of serving and obeying Him. If we didn’t answer to...
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Hanukkah, four levels of insight


According to Jewish tradition, there are several levels of insight into the story of Hanukkah. There is the first level, of religious freedom and the people as a unity with the Torah as a law book. Never in the history of Israel had the oppression, attack and devastation been so bad. Not among the Assyrians...
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Shofar, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah in Auschwitz


In the year 1944 a group of ragged Jewish prisoners gathered for yet another very tiring work assignment in concentration camp Auschwitz. Jews were starved, tortured and murdered everywhere. The least expression of Jewish faith was strictly prohibited, reasons for execution by Nazi guards. But on that Rosh HaShanah, a group of courageous Jews managed...
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Pesach – to come closer to the Lord


Space to think The month of Niesan 5779 is the month in which we celebrate Passover and remove chamets from our homes in advance. Chamets, sourdough, is spiritually the symbol of our puffiness and sins: all things that keep us from a healthy, reconciled relationship with the Eternal. Passover teaches us that there is no...
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Rosh Hashanah and creation


By Janneke Spruyt-den Boer 5774 years ago, God created the heavens and the earth on Rosh Hashanah. Exactly what happened is still largely to me a mystery, but I understand that `the Firstborn” (= Messiah Yeshua) had a significant share in here. “Bereshit bara Elohim et haSjamajiem ve-et haArets”, the first sentence of the Tanakh, namely...
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Pesach: reliving our deliverance


by Elze Erwteman The time of preparation for Passover has come again. A time of reflection and calibrate our faith. The rabbis describe the midwives in the days of Israel in Egypt in an interesting and engaging way. They explain the text and give us an fresh interpretation, “the king of Egypt summoned the midwives...
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Pesach: a call to being vulnerable


Bibian Mentel is the winner of two gold medals for snowboarding in the Olympics. A strong woman, operated nine times for cancer. She had to miss her leg, and underwent seventy-two times radiotherapy. Her mother said to her; if she put a dark face, “I’d rather see your sunny face”. This was not a remark...
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