The Eighth Day & Simchat Torah – Shemini Atzeret – Oct. 12

The festival of Sukkot comes to an end on the seventh day, “Hoshanah Rabba,” or “The Great Salvation,” the greatest day of the feast (Oct. 11, 2017). Then there is The Eighth Day (Oct. 12, 2017). The Eighth Day, counting from the first day of Sukkot, is considered a special celebration day of its own. It is to […]

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Obtaining The Blessing – Vezot Habracha – Oct. 12

The final Torah Portion of the yearly Jewish cycle of reading through the Torah is called “וזאת הברכה” – “ve’zot ha’bracha” – “And this is the blessing…” (Deut. 33:1). Since it is the final reading of the Torah, it is not read according to the regular Sabbath reading cycle, but rather, it is read on a […]

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Sukkot – The Reason For Our Joy! – Oct. 5 – Oct. 11

The Feast of Sukkot is commonly known in English as “The Feast of Booths” or “Tabernacles.”  The Hebrew word “סוכות” – “sukkot” is the plural form of the word “סוכה” –  “sukkah,” which simply means a tabernacle, a booth, or a temporary shelter. The Feast of Sukkot is first and foremost a festival of rejoicing (Lev. 23:40 & Deut. […]

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Yom Kippur & The Days of Awe

There is a period of ten days between Rosh HaShanah (The Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) which are called the “Days of Awe.”  The Sabbath day which falls in this ten-day period is called “The Sabbath of Returning” or “The Sabbath of Repentance.”  This year, “The Sabbath of Returning” occurrs on September […]

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Rosh HaShanah! – Feast of Trumpets

“Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob.” Psalm 81:3-4 There are seven main holidays (appointed times) on the Jewish or biblical calendar: Passover, First Fruits, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), Rosh HaShanah (The […]

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The Biblical Holidays

We at Jewels of Judaism believe in celebrating and observing all of the biblical holidays while enjoying the Jewish traditions for the sake of understanding the “Appointed Times of the LORD” (Lev. 23) and gaining a more comprehensive view of the Bible. God works in and through the appointed times that He has determined and […]

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Tisha B’Av – The Ninth of Av

Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) is a day of national mourning and is considered to be the saddest day of the year for the Jewish people. This day is associated with great tragedy for the nation of Israel since the beginning when they first came out of Egypt and […]

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Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks

Three times a year the Israelites were commanded by God to ascend to Jerusalem and observe His appointed times. The Feasts of the LORD were to be observed and celebrated just as God commanded. Each feast would have prophetic significance regarding the plan of God for the salvation of mankind and the establishment of God’s […]

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How Many Days & Nights was Yeshua in the Grave?

The Jewish celebration of Passover and the Christian observation of the death and resurrection of Yeshua from the grave (generally referred to as “Easter”) are often observed on the same weekend, however, in some years they can be observed up to a month apart. In 2017, Passover and the Christian observance of the death and resurrection […]

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