The days are sometimes going so fast that before we know it we are already facing another special time of the year and one of the last of the Biblical Fall Feast. It’s celebrated in the 7th month on the 15th day of the month to the 21st day of the 7th month on the Biblical calendar. On the Gregorian Calendar 2021 these dates are September 21st – 27th (In Israel Monday 20-. 27 September). The 7th month on the Biblical calendar is also known by its Babylonian name Tishri.
Every day is a day to honour the Most Highest, but from the evening of September 22-29 we will have daily worship services along with several Bible studies throughout the Feast.
Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, is considered one of the happiest times in the Jewish calendar and comes out 15 days after the Jewish new year and five days after Yom Kippur. At the end of Summer, the farmers have started to cut the grains and to make the best of the harvest. Normally seven days after that the farmers have gathered in their corn and their wine there is reason to rejoice in your feast. This year was very cold and wet, and the corn is still very small and at some places even becoming black. Though having had all those wet days and flooding we shall not let our heads down., As written in the Scriptures we shall call our sons and our daughters, but also our servants (if we have them), but also think of strangers in the neighbourhood, refugees as well as the lonely ones.
We always may find good reason to have a feast for the Elohim, but now we have seven days that we shall keep a solemn feast to the Bore, Jehovah our God. We share with those around us our happiness and conviction that our God shall bless us in all our increase, and in all the works of our hands. Therefore we shall surely rejoice.
(Maftir) 13 “You are to keep the festival of Sukkot for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress. 14 Rejoice at your festival — you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the L’vi’im, and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you. 15 Seven days you are to keep the festival for Adonai your God in the place Adonai your God will choose, because Adonai your God will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy!
(Deuteronomy 16:13-15 Complete Jewish Bible)
Historically, Sukkot was the holiday on which Judaic people from all nations pilgrimaged to Jerusalem (called an aliyah leregel – ascending by foot), with fruits and other gifts to offer as sacrifices in the temple, commemorating the 40 years of wandering the Israelites underwent in the desert on their way to Canaan, the promised land.
For the past three decades, thousands of Christians from around the world also have come to Jerusalem every fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.
The Feast, which is a huge statement of solidarity with Israel, includes the traditional Israeli Guest Night, an event opened to thousands of Israelis to enjoy a musical program geared towards a Jewish audience. Israelis can enjoy their first experience in the new arena along with their Christian friends from around the world, featuring special performances by Israeli and foreign artists.
When you, like me are not able to go to Israel , make this week one full of music and shared blessings.