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We welcome you to worship and learn with us at Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation.

We gather together weekly for Hebraic worship, Biblical teaching from the Hebrew perspective, Messianic Dance and caring fellowship.

We look forward to seeing you!
Rabbi Amnon & Rebbetzin Lynette Shor

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Messianic Lifestyle Class - 2 PM
In the Oneg Hall
Shabbat Service - 4 PM
In the Sanctuary
Oneg after Shabbat Service
In the Oneg Hall

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101 W Clinton Avenue
Fresno CA 93705

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5132 N Palm Avenue PMB 101
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THE FALL FEASTS OF ISRAEL

(Excerpted and adapted from THE HOLIDAYS OF GOD: The Fall Feasts by RBC Ministries 2007)

Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Isra’el: ‘The designated times of Adonai which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.”  (Vayikra [Leviticus] 23:1-2).

With these words, Adonai established the annual cycle of holy days that are observed in Jewish communities all over the world. In Hebrew, the word for “My Feasts” is Mo’edim, and literally means “appointed times” or “appointed feasts”. These “appointed times of Adonai” are important for many reasons. The events listed in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23 are part of the national system of “time-outs”. Together these holidays provide weekly, monthly, and annual rests from the common routines of daily life. They also provide a preplanned schedule for reflection and worship. These holidays of Adonai give every home, whether rich or poor, an occasion to remember the holiness, power, and longsuffering love of the Adonai of Avraham (Abraham), Yitzchak (Isaac) and Ya’akov (Jacob).

As you consider the fall feasts, imagine the scene in ancient Israel. Several months have passed since the end of the spring feasts. The growing season has ended. Payloads of olives, grapes, pomegranates, and citrons (a lemon-like fruit) are in from the fields, and the people of the land are getting ready to thank Adonai for the harvest. Families all across Israel prepare to make their way to the temple in Jerusalem for the third pilgrim feast of the year. Together they will walk dusty paths to celebrate the fall harvest and to express dependence on Adonai for the rains that will be needed for the following year.

As worshipers prepare to make their way to Jerusalem, the City of Adonai, the sounding of a shofar from the city walls of Jerusalem signals the beginning of the fall holiday season. All day, the shofars are blown as a summons to gather before El Elyon, the Most High Adonai.

YOM TERUAH (ROSH HASHANAH or THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS)

“Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.” (Vayikra [Leviticus] 23:24).

The shofar was sounded on the first of Tishri, the seventh month of the Biblical calendar. It was Yom Teruah, “the day of sounding.” Traditionally called Rosh Hashanah, it marks the year-end harvest as an occasion for the whole nation to seek relational and spiritual renewal.

THE SHOFAR’S CALL TO REPENTANCE

The sounding of the shofars provided an important spiritual reminder: it was an admonition to those who have just finished bringing in the harvest by the sweat of their own labor. When workers were tempted to look at the results of their own effort and congratulate themselves for the harvest, they needed this Adonai-centered observance to remind them that in all of their work they were dependent on the creating and sustaining power of Adonai on their behalf. The worker plants, weeds, waters, and waits. But it is Adonai who gives the increase!

TO BE CONTINUED