From sundown to sundown the next evening, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated with tree planting and enjoying the fruit of trees. It also marks the beginning of the agricultural year for the purpose of biblical tithing.
The tragic reality is that when Hitler targeted the Jewish people, the faith community turned a blind eye.
Hanukkah demonstrates that the actions of a small group of devout individuals who are empowered by God can have lasting influence.
As people of faith, telling God we’re thankful for His blessing in our lives is always appropriate.
The food is important because it creates a sensory element that enhances memory, but gathering together with family and friends to share a meal is only part of the celebration.
When we celebrate in the true spirit as the Founding Fathers intended, American Thanksgiving becomes more than a harvest festival.
I hope this short account will motivate you to document your own family’s record of service, so that future generations can too remember the price paid for our freedom. And, don’t let this day go by without thanking a veteran!
Rejoicing in the Law is alive and well in Jewish celebrations around the world and especially in the land of God’s ancient people. The Christian community would do well to make God’s Word a joyful priority again.
Heartfelt wishes for a happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend!
The sukkah memorializes God’s faithful provision in the past as Israel wandered in the wilderness. Waving the lulav joyfully acknowledges His bountiful supply in the present. But, there is also a future element to Sukkot.
The momentous 24-hour event of Yom Kippur draws attention to God’s provision for the annual covering of Israel’s national sin. A profound message, however, is embedded in the ancient ritual for all who live in the 21st century.
May the year 5778 be filled with abundant blessing and peace!
All who espouse a Judeo-Christian worldview must be aware of not just the traditional significance ascribed to the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, but the biblical relevance to life in the 21st century.
The Jewish community does this the day after Tisha B’Av every year—they move on. They do not stay focused on tragedies. They spend Tisha B’Av recognizing the horrific events of the past, reflecting on the significance, and then wake-up the next morning to a new day.
While world leaders have pondered approaches and formulas for making nations great, Solomon—who was known for his God-given wisdom—articulated the essence of national greatness in just four words.