Holidays

Passover Hagada

This is the Passover Hagada (Telling) for Congregation Shema Yisrael: Download The Shema Passover Hagada Download Instructions For The Passover Seder     SHEMA’S PASSOVER SEDER PREPARING FOR PASSOVER BEDIKAT CHAMETZ: THE SEARCH FOR LEAVEN Special preparations need to be made before we begin our observance of Passover. Before we celebrate the Passover meal, we are instructed to

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Thoughts About The Incarnation

We are close to that time of the year when hundreds of millions of people around the world will be celebrating Christmas. While the focus of Christmas should be the birth of the Messiah, for many today, the focus of Christmas is not the Incarnation of the Son of God, but trees, decorations, lights, Santa Clause, reindeer, elves, football and

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Chanukkah: The Holiday Of Dedication; The Dedication Of The Priests

When asked, “What is the miracle of Chanukkah?” the common response is: “Chanukkah is about a miracle that took place when the Jewish people fought against the Syrians who had invaded Jerusalem and desecrated the Temple. The Temple was dedicated to Zeus and pigs were sacrificed there. The Syrians forbid the Jewish people from practicing Judaism. They intended to wipe

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Chanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony

Below is our Messianic Chanukkah candle lighting ceremony.    For more information about the holiday of Chanukkah Click here. Chanukkah Messianic Candle Lighting Ceremony

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Zechariah 9:11-17: The Real Miracle Of Chanukkah

Before the service started, a couple confided to me that their pastor didn’t want them attending our Chanukkah celebration - that there was something wrong, maybe even spiritually dangerous, about Christians celebrating Jewish holidays like Chanukkah. I want all my Christian brothers and sisters everywhere to know that Chanukkah is not spiritually dangerous! It’s an important holiday that all of

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Passover Seder Instructions

CONGREGATION SHEMA YISRAEL’S PASSOVER SEDER INSTRUCTIONS   Head Table:   The Seder will be led from the head table. The head table should be pre-set like the other tables, except it needs two white candles that are either 10 or 12 inches tall, with candlestick holders and matches.   If others are to be seated at this table, make sure

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Leviticus 23 – Jesus in the Jewish Holidays

God's appointed holidays, described in Leviticus chapter 23, accomplish many purposes. Year by year they pace our lives according to the cycle God has designed into creation. They remind us of the great things God has done in Israel's history. We should never forget that Messiah Yeshua, the apostles, and the early Messianic Jewish movement celebrated these festivals. In addition,

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Passover, Unleavened Bread And Firstfruits: Death, Victory Over Sin And Resurrection: For Israel, For Messiah And For Us!

The world is full of contradictions. It is an incredibly beautiful yet ugly place. There is much that is good and yet much that is marred by evil. Life has pain and suffering, and also happiness and pleasures, and sometimes the happiness is mixed with the suffering. Sometimes we feel good about ourselves and other times bad about ourselves. There

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Purim: It’s No Coincidence!

[I’d like to give credit to the author of the following Purim message, but I can’t remember who originally gave it! Whoever he is, I ask that he not be offended that it’s reprinted for the visitors on the Shema website, so that more people can benefit from his insights. They are too good not to be more widely circulated!]

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Sukkot: The Need For Closeness To God, Intimacy With The Creator

We finished Yom Truah, the first day of the seventh month, the month of fulfillment, and we blew the shofar, and considered the things that the shofar reminds us of. We searched our deeds and our souls for the Yomim Nora'im - the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Then on Yom Kippur we fasted and

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Sukkot

We are celebrating Sukkot, and so let’s read from the Torah, from Leviticus 23:33-43: Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. On the first day is a holy gathering; you shall do no regular work

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The Real Meaning Of Chanukkah: The Holiday Of The Dedication Of The Temple

When asked, “What is the miracle of Chanukkah?” the traditional response is: “Chanukkah is about a great miracle that took place in Israel when the Jewish people fought against the Syrians who had invaded Jerusalem and desecrated the Temple. The Temple was dedicated to Zeus and unclean pigs were offered there. The Syrians also forbid circumcision and Sabbath observance and

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Chanukkah

Chanukkah In Scripture The prophets Daniel and Zechariah predicted some of the events involving the Maccabean period: see Daniel 8:9-14, 23-25, 11:21-35, and Zechariah 9:11-17. Messiah Yeshua celebrated Chanukkah. In John 10:22-30 it says: at that time the Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah means dedication) took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the Temple in the

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Thoughts About Christmas

Although we don’t know the exact day when Yeshua was born, it is always appropriate to consider the Incarnation of the Son of God. Yeshua’s Incarnation is something so amazing, something so miraculous, and so profound; it is one of the very most important events in human history, so much so that much of the world marks time based on

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Shavuot: The Feast Of Weeks

As many within Messianic Judaism seek to reclaim a biblically-based lifestyle, we are rediscovering the importance of the biblical holidays. The holidays bring order to our lives. Through them we pace ourselves; on a weekly basis, as on Shabbat we enter into God's perfect rest, and seasonally, as we mark our place during the year. God appointed these times to

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Thoughts On The Incarnation

Even though we don’t know when the Son of God was born, this season, hundreds of millions of people around the world are thinking about the Incarnation of the Son of God - and that’s a very good thing. The Incarnation is the most amazing thing! Think about it. The Son of God became a human being! The Creator of

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Thoughts About The Incarnation From Psalm 40

Here I Am, I Have Come - It Is Written About Me In The Scroll Of The Book This morning I want to talk about the Incarnation of the Son of God. The Incarnation of the Son of God is one of the most amazing things that ever happened! Think about it: The One Who Fills All Things emptied Himself.

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