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Yom Kippur, Fasting

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 06 OCTOBER, 2008 Where is the command in Torah to fast on Yom Kippur? I thought it only said that we are to afflict our souls. The command to commemorate Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement appears several times in the Torah (Exodus 30:10; Leviticus 16:30; 23:27-28; Numbers 29:7-11), with each section of commandments giving specific details. One of those specific details—and arguably the most important—is listed in Leviticus 23:27: “it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls.” What does the clause v’innitem et-nafshoteikhem mean, exactly? The verb anah, appearing the Piel […]

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Sukkot

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 13 OCTOBER, 2008 How do I celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles? My Messianic fellowship is going away to a large gathering of thousands of people and I cannot get off work. One of the instructions regarding Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles is, “Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses” (Deuteronomy 16:15a). Few would disagree that this place or maqom is Jerusalem. (It is not some rural campground in North America or elsewhere.) The Feast of Tabernacles is a holiday where it was originally commanded, “Three times […]

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Rosh HaShanah

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER, 2008 Why does the Jewish community call Yom Teruah “Rosh HaShanah”? I thought the Biblical New Year began in the Spring. For many people in the independent Messianic movement, Exodus 12:2 settles the matter: “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you,” speaking of the month of Aviv (Exodus 13:4). Thus it is said that the worldwide Jewish Synagogue has been in error for millennia about designating the festival commanded in Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6 as “Rosh HaShanah,” and remembering the first […]

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Sadducees, Pharisees, and the Controversy of Counting the Omer

27 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 June, 2008 reproduced from Counting the Omer The season between Passover and Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot, can be one of the most difficult times for various persons and assemblies within the Messianic community. While this is supposed to be a very special and sacred time, a great number of debates certainly rage over Passover. Some of the most obvious debates among Messianics occur over the differences between Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish halachah. Do we eat lamb or chicken during the seder meal? What grains are “kosher for Passover”? Can egg matzos be […]

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Introducing the Biblical Appointments

25 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic Why are holidays important? A holiday, as we call it in English, is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as “A day on which custom or the law dictates a halt to ordinary business to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.” Another definition is very simply, “A holy day,” meaning a day set aside to remember something religious.[1] The holidays that we find in the Holy Scriptures give us a great opportunity as Believers to commemorate Biblical history and the work of our Messiah. In the opening verses of Leviticus 23, we are told, […]

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A Summarization of Sukkot Traditions

17 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper The festival of Sukkot or Tabernacles (also commonly called Booths) begins on 15 Tishri and is intended to commemorate the time that the Ancient Israelites spent in the wilderness after the Exodus. Images of the post-Exodus period, God wanting Israel to remember what happened in the desert, and perhaps most importantly the need for His people to physically be reminded of His desire to commune with them, are all themes that are seen throughout one’s observance. The Feast of Tabernacles was considered to be so important in the […]

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A Summarization of Yom Kippur Traditions

9 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement occurs ten days after Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, and is considered to be the most holy day of the year in Judaism. It occurs on the tenth of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, and is considered to be a High Sabbath or Shabbat shabaton: “This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among […]

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How Did We Lose the Sabbath?

4 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 31 July, 2015 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper When many of us think about some of the most significant theological debates of the past three of five decades, we are probably immediately drawn into thinking about conservatives and liberals sparring over the reliability of the Holy Scriptures, creationists and evolutionists fighting about the origins of humankind, Scripturalists and cultists warring over the Divinity of Yeshua, and most recently the controversy that has been rising up over homosexuality and gay marriage.[1] How many of us are consciously aware that there has been a debate ensuing among evangelical Christians, […]

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A Summarization of Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah Traditions

2 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 3

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Yom Teruah or Rosh HaShanah is the first of the Fall appointed times, and it begins a very serious season of personal reflection and repentance for the individual, leading up to Yom Kippur. It occurs on the first of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, and along with Yom Kippur, constitutes one of the most sacred times for the Jewish community. The instruction for this day appears twice in the Torah, in Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6: “Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of […]

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Haggadah for Messianic Believers — Leader’s Guide

12 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours. This edition is intended to be used by the host of the Passover Seder.   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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Haggadah for Messianic Believers

11 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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Yom Kippur for Messianic Believers

8 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The following is a traditional order of service for Yom Kippur, which can serve as a template model for Messianic congregations and fellowships.   Yom Kippur for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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Rosh HaShanah for Messianic Believers

5 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 1

The following is a traditional order of service for Rosh HaShanah, which can serve as a template model for Messianic congregations and fellowships.   Rosh HaShanah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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Messianic Fall Holiday Helper

4 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The Fall holiday season of Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot—also including Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah—is a very special, sacred time of year for God’s people. It is considered to be the most holy time of year in Judaism. As such, this season can teach us all important things about the great value of corporate repentance of sin, and an annual inspection of our individual spiritual maturity. We can learn lessons about the Lord’s ongoing plan of salvation history, especially the Second Coming of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and the future establishment of His Millennial Kingdom! The […]

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Shabbat Service for Messianic Believers

1 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

An order of service for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for a home Erev Shabbat dinner, morning Shabbat service, and Havdallah   Shabbat Service for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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Shabbat: Sabbath for Messianic Believers

29 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the significance of the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat to all of His people. Messianic Believers, in desiring to see themselves fully consecrated to the Lord, find a great deal of not only blessing but also critical focus, in how the Creator God desires His own to consecrate an entire day unto Him. Far too many of not only our Christian brothers and sisters, but even Messianic Believers’ Jewish brethren, have not understood how the hallowing of the Sabbath day, has some great significance and substance in terms […]

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