The Jews have an ancient saying—that whoever’s calendar a man keeps, that is who he worships. If we will reflect on this saying for a little while, we should be able to see that it is true. In Scripture, a master tells his servant what to do. By the same, whoever a man willingly chooses […]
Before we launch into our study about the calendar the Torah tells us to keep, first we should look at history, and see how it was that the children of Israel drifted away from the Torah Calendar. Hopefully this will help us to understand how error can creep in, so that we can guard against […]
The Fourth Commandment is the command to keep the Sabbath. The Sabbath was one of the Ten Commands that Yahweh inscribed in stone. Shemote (Exodus) 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it set apart. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath […]
While the Roman Gregorian calendar is based on the movements of the sun, the Torah calendar is based on the movements of the moon, and the agricultural cycles in the Land of Israel. We will discuss how the agricultural cycles in the Land of Israel relate to the Torah calendar in upcoming chapters, but first […]
This chapter explains how Rosh HaShanah (the Head of the Year) is properly determined, according to Torah. It also explains why the Omer (Wave Sheaf) is symbolic of Yeshua.
The first of Israel’s seven annual feasts is a one-day feast, the Passover. It is followed immediately by the second of Israel’s feasts, the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Since the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the very next day, these two feasts are often thought of as one long eight-day feast (and even Yahweh refers […]
This chapter explains the importance of the Wave Sheaf (Omer) and the Pentecost (Shavuot), and how they are properly observed. It also explains the flaws in several other popular theories.
Zechariah 8:18-19 speaks of four man-made traditional fast days which are not commanded in the Torah. Should we keep them? Zekaryah (Zechariah) 8:18-19 18 Then the word of Yahweh of hosts came to me, saying, 19 “Thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘The fast of the fourth month, the fast of the fifth, the fast of […]
We saw earlier how the Head of the Year should be declared when the first crescent sliver of the new moon is physically sighted from the Land of Israel, after the barley in the Land of Israel has become Aviv. The declaration of the Head of the Year establishes the timing of all the Feasts […]
The tenth day of the seventh month is called by several names, but it is usually called Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. However, the Torah actually calls it Yom HaKippurim (יוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים), or ‘The Day of the Atonements (plural).’ The Day of the Atonements is the most set-apart day of our year. Yahweh […]
In the chapter on Hanukkah we discuss why Yeshua was probably born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, otherwise known as the Feast of Booths, or Sukkot. But why does Yahweh command us to hold the Feast of Sukkot? What is the significance? What are we to learn from it? In Hebraic […]