More about festivals

What’s the holiday of Lag Ba’Omer all about? This 2014 Shabbat teaching offers a collection of tales about the early second century sage Shimon Ben Yochai and an insightful discussion of Jewish mysticism in reference to the Gospel story of the road to Emmaus.

Why is it forbidden to make ordinary use of the light that shines from a Chanukah menorah lit for the festival of Chanukah? We are permitted only to look at the light and enjoy it, but not to use it for any mundane purpose, such as illumination for reading. Listen to a Chanukah teaching regarding the light of the chanukah menorah and its connection with the menorah of the Temple, presented to Beth Immanuel on December 8, 2012 in celebration of the congregation's tenth anniversary.

 

The Passover Seder is an eye-opening ceremony, full of multi-sensory experiences that teach about God's powerful work of redemption. But there's only one problem: the Bible doesn't seem to tell us to have a Seder at all. Where did this custom come from, and is it biblical? How can you know if your Seder is meeting its biblical goals?

Colossians 2 is often cited to prove that the Torah’s commands—especially dietary laws and calendar observances—are not incumbent upon a follower of Yeshua, whether Jew or Gentile. But abolishing the Torah would have a devastating effect on the Jewish people. Learn the true context of this apostolic teaching and find out how the Sabbath, Rosh Chodesh, and holidays foreshadow the coming Messianic Kingdom.

Is the Temple on earth irrelevant since it is merely a shadow of the true heavenly reality?
This teaching on Hebrews 8:1-5 explains the Temple as a Shadow and a Copy of the supernal Temple above with references to Colossians 2:16-17 which describes the festivals and holy days as shadows of things that are to come--the substance of Messiah.

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