Medicine for the Soul: Repentance, Prayer and Righteousness

A man goes to the doctor to get some test results. As he sits in the doctors office he sees that there are three folders on the doctor’s desk. One is labeled Good News. Another is labeled Bad News. And yet another is labeled Bad News and Good News.

The doctor opens this latter file and takes out a written diagnosis of the man’s condition. The man is relieved to see that it did not come out of Bad News file, but he is equally concerned to realize that neither did it come out of the Good News file. The doctor looks over the report and then says, “I’ve got some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that your test results are in, and you definitely have the fatal, dread disease such and such. You only have ten days left to live.”

Is Rosh HaShanah the New Year?

The Torah commands that we observe a certain holiday on the first day of the seventh month. Scripturally, it is given two similar names: yom teru'ah (Day of Blasting/Shouting) in Numbers 29:1 and zichron teru'ah (Remembrance of Blasting/Shouting) in Leviticus 23:24. Jewish tradition refers to this day as Rosh HaShanah, which means "Beginning (lit., 'head') of the Year."

But how can the beginning of the year occur in the seventh month? Didn't God command that the new year is to begin in the springtime?

Doubling Holidays

Two “Heads” Are Better than One?

If you compare a modern-day Jewish calendar with passages in the Torah that refer to the holidays (such as Leviticus 23), you will find a notable discrepancy. Many holidays that the Bible seems to say last for one day are observed for two days on the Jewish calendar.

For example, Shavu’ot is a one-day holiday that should fall on the sixth of the Hebrew month of Sivan. But on the Jewish calendar, it is observed on the sixth and the seventh of Sivan.

Love and Rosh Hashanah

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Repentance, prayer, and charity remove the evil decree. So does the message of love, as it says, "Love covers a multitude of sins." Prepare for the high holidays with the Master's message of love.

D. T. Lancaster
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Paul's Epistle to the Romans Part 2

Epistle to the RomansEpistle to the Romans

Fall Bible Study at Beth Immanuel.

All roads lead to Rome, and all Bible studies eventually lead to Romans. Join us for a two-part study of the book of Romans.  Discover how a Messianic Jewish reading of the book of Romans pulls the epistle together and makes sense of otherwise seemingly disconnected arguments. This two-part study on the book of Romans divides into two ten-week segments. The first ten weeks, covering the first half of the epistle (Romans 1-8). The second ten weeks, covering the last half of the epistle (Romans 9-16), will begin November 17, 2014. Classes meet in the library at Beth Immanuel, 828 3rd St, Hudson WI, Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. (Please use the Orange Street Door.) Classes are free and open to the public.