A few years ago our family started slowing adding the observance of YHVH’s feasts into our lives. When we first started it was so hard to know what to do. When to do it? And where to do it?
If you have no idea of what the feasts of YHVH are you can read Leviticus 23, or you can search the scriptures for feasts. In this post I will be giving brief information about the fall feasts and sharing how our family observes each one.
The fall feasts are:
Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets)
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Sukkot (Feast of Booths)
(The Hebrew calendar is not the same as the Gregorian calendar, it is set by the cycle of the moon. Each feast is set by the moon. The Jewish calendar that is most used and observed is called the Hillel Calendar, a Jewish leader is credited with putting this calendar together over 1500 years ago based on the predictions of the moon. Many Jews and Torah Observant people also actually sight the moon each month to determine when YHVH’s feasts will be.)
So, for this post I am going to use the Hillel dates for this coming fall, which happen to be the most likely actual dates for the moon sighting calendar.
Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah, is celebrated on the first day of the seven Hebrew month, this year that is the night of October 2. All Hebrew days start at sundown. So when the sun goes down on October 2nd, we go outside and sing and worship as we watch for the new moon to be sighted. The first person to see the moon get’s a special gift (something form the dollar store). We will blow the trumpets, shofar, and shout ot YHVH. We will have a bon fire and just enjoy fellowship together with others at our house. This feast is a Sabbath, that means there is to be no ordinary work. So my husband, Jeremy, will take October 3rd off from work. This is NOT like the weekly Sabbath, so we can cook and clean up after ourselves on this day, just not work or cause others to work a J-O-B. We will just spend the day together playing games and celebrating the new month, a feast month. The big thing about Yom Teruah, is that it is the announcement of the month of feasts. It is a day of joy and celebration of what is to come.
The next day we observe is Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. This is NOT a feast day. It is a somber day. It is ten days after Yom Teruah, so this year it starts at sundown at October 11 and is all day October 12th. It is a day we focus on our sin, repentance, and redemption. We focus on Yeshua and the price He paid for our sin. It is a somber day. Many people choose to fast and pray on this day. Our family chooses to fast. We do have plain nuts, some apples, and cheese for those who can not do a full fast. This is also a good day to serve others, but it is a Sabbath and it is a full Sabbath, no cooking or work of any kind is to be done on this day. We get together with others and pray and read scripture on this day.
The next and final fall feast is called Sukkot (Feast of Booths). This is the biggest feast of the year. IF you are making the switch from Catholic holidays to Feasts, this the feast that Christmas should have been. This is the big celebration of the year. It starts on the night of October 16th and ends on October 24th. The first and last days are both Sabbath days, but you can cook and clean up after yourself, you just can’t do ordinary work, your job, or cause another to have to work. This is my favorite week of the year.
On day one, you set up your Sukku, a tent, a outdoor dwelling place. We put up a sort of large canopy and put branches on top of it. We decorate with fall decor, sort of like we would for Thanksgiving only outside. Then that day we will have others over and have a feast and singing and praising YHVH. We will also stay up late fellowshipping, and we will have another bon fire.
The rest of the week, days 2-7, we will go and do fun things like going to the apple orchard, visiting friends and relatives, even those who do not celebrate the feasts. We will take gifts of food to them. We will spend a day canning and doing other things we don’t have time for during our school year.
Then on the 8th, the GREAT DAY, my favorite day, we PARTY!!!!!! This is a Sabbath, so no ordinary work. This year we plan to go to our local park to have a big party with others. With food and food and food. We will sing and read scripture, we will dance and play games, We will have games and prizes, and lots and lots of celebrating. This is the day to remember that one day soon our Messiah is returning for us His Bride. This day is suppose to be a picture, shadow, of the eternal Kingdom. SO go BIG or go home. This is the biggest day of the year. Think wedding reception, or Quincenera, or something like that. For many years, my husband and I enjoyed celebrating the fourth of July. It was a big party. We saved all year for it. We bought lots and lots of fireworks, we invited 50 to 100 people each year to celebrate with us. We had food, games, prizes, fun, fellowship, worship, and more. Now, this day, the 8th Day, the Great Day, YHVH’s feast day, is our big party day.
Someday, soon, our Savior will return and we will feast and celebrate the fall feasts with Him. SO let’s practice and be well prepared for that day.