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Shemini Atzere and Simchat Torah Reading

Shabbat Shalom!

Shemini Atzere and Simchat Torah Reading.

 

Torah Reading

Deut 14:22-16:17;

22 “Every year you must take one tenth of everything your seed produces in the field, 23 and eat it in the presence of YAHUVEH your ELOHIM. In the place where he chooses to have his name live you will eat the tenth of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your cattle and sheep, so that you will learn to fear YAHUVEH your ELOHIM always. 24 But if the distance is too great for you, so that you are unable to transport it, because the place where YAHUVEH chooses to put his name is too far away from you; then, when YAHUVEH your ELOHIM prospers you, 25 you are to convert it into money, take the money with you, go to the place which YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will choose, 26 and exchange the money for anything you want — cattle, sheep, wine, other intoxicating liquor, or anything you please — and you are to eat there in the presence of YAHUVEH your ELOHIM, and enjoy yourselves, you and your household.

27 “But don’t neglect the Levi staying with you, because he has no share or inheritance like yours. 28 At the end of every three years you are to take all the tenths of your produce from that year and store it in your towns. 29 Then the Levi, because he has no share or inheritance like yours, along with the foreigner, the orphan and the widow living in your towns, will come, eat and be satisfied — so that YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will bless you in everything your hands produce.

15 (vi) “At the end of every seven years you are to have a sh’mittah. 2 Here is how the sh’mittah is to be done: every creditor is to give up what he has loaned to his fellow member of the community — he is not to force his neighbor or relative to repay it, because YAHUVEH’s time of remission has been proclaimed. 3 You may demand that a foreigner repay his debt, but you are to release your claim on whatever your brother owes you. 4 In spite of this, there will be no one needy among you; because YAHUVEH will certainly bless you in the land which YAHUVEH your ELOHIM is giving you as an inheritance to possess — 5 if only you will listen carefully to what YAHUVEH your ELOHIM says and take care to obey all these mitzvot I am giving you today. 6 Yes, YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will bless you, as he promised you — you will lend money to many nations without having to borrow, and you will rule over many nations without their ruling over you.

7 “If someone among you is needy, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which YAHUVEH your ELOHIM is giving you, you are not to harden your heart or shut your hand from giving to your needy brother. 8 No, you must open your hand to him and lend him enough to meet his need and enable him to obtain what he wants. 9 Guard yourself against allowing your heart to entertain the mean-spirited thought that because the seventh year, the year of sh’mittah is at hand, you would be stingy toward your needy brother and not give him anything; for then he may cry out to YAHUVEH against you, and it will be your sin. 10 Rather, you must give to him; and you are not to be grudging when you give to him. If you do this, YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will bless you in all your work, in everything you undertake — 11 for there will always be poor people in the land. That is why I am giving you this order, ‘You must open your hand to your poor and needy brother in your land.’

12 “If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, he is to serve you for six years; but in the seventh year, you are to set him free. 13 Moreover, when you set him free, don’t let him leave empty-handed; 14 but supply him generously from your flock, threshing-floor and winepress; from what YAHUVEH your ELOHIM has blessed you with, you are to give to him. 15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and YAHUVEH your ELOHIM redeemed you; that is why I am giving you this order today. 16 But if he says to you, ‘I don’t want to leave you,’ because he loves you and your household, and because his life with you is a good one; 17 then take an awl, and pierce his ear through, right into the door; and he will be your slave forever. Do the same with your female slave. 18 Don’t resent it when you set him free, since during his six years of service he has been worth twice as much as a hired employee. Then YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will bless you in everything you do.

(vii) 19 “All the firstborn males in your herd of cattle and in your flock you are to set aside for YAHUVEH your ELOHIM; you are not to do any work with a firstborn from your herd or shear a firstborn sheep. 20 Each year you and your household are to eat it in the presence of YAHUVEH your ELOHIM in the place which YAHUVEH will choose. 21 But if it has a defect, is lame or blind, or has some other kind of fault, you are not to sacrifice it to YAHUVEH your ELOHIM; 22 rather, eat it on your own property; the unclean and the clean alike may eat it, like the gazelle or the deer. 23 Just don’t eat its blood, but pour it out on the ground like water.

16 “Observe the month of Aviv, and keep Pesach to YAHUVEH your ELOHIM; for in the month of Aviv, YAHUVEH your ELOHIM brought you out of Egypt at night. 2 You are to sacrifice the Pesach offering from flock and herd to YAHUVEH your ELOHIM in the place where YAHUVEH will choose to have his name live. 3 You are not to eat any hametz with it; for seven days you are to eat with it matzah, the bread of affliction; for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste. Thus you will remember the day you left the land of Egypt as long as you live. 4 No leaven is to be seen with you anywhere in your territory for seven days. None of the meat from your sacrifice on the first day in the evening is to remain all night until morning. 5 You may not sacrifice the Pesach offering in just any of the towns that YAHUVEH your ELOHIM is giving you; 6 but at the place where YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will choose to have his name live — there is where you are to sacrifice the Pesach offering, in the evening, when the sun sets, at the time of year that you came out of Egypt. 7 You are to roast it and eat it in the place YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will choose; in the morning you will return and go to your tents. 8 For six days you are to eat matzah; on the seventh day there is to be a festive assembly for YAHUVEH your ELOHIM; do not do any kind of work.

9 “You are to count seven weeks; you are to begin counting seven weeks from the time you first put your sickle to the standing grain. 10 You are to observe the festival of Shavu‘ot [weeks] for YAHUVEH your ELOHIM with a voluntary offering, which you are to give in accordance with the degree to which YAHUVEH your ELOHIM has prospered you. 11 You are to rejoice in the presence of YAHUVEH your ELOHIM — you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the L’vi’im living in your towns, and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you — in the place where YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will choose to have his name live. 12 Remember that you were a slave in Egypt; then you will keep and obey these laws.

(Maftir) 13 “You are to keep the festival of Sukkot for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress. 14 Rejoice at your festival — you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the L’vi’im, and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you. 15 Seven days you are to keep the festival for YAHUVEH your ELOHIM in the place YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will choose, because YAHUVEH your ELOHIM will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy!

16 “Three times a year all your men are to appear in the presence of YAHUVEH your ELOHIM in the place which he will choose — at the festival of matzah, at the festival of Shavu‘ot and at the festival of Sukkot. They are not to show up before YAHUVEH empty-handed, 17 but every man is to give what he can, in accordance with the blessing YAHUVEH your ELOHIM has given you.

Deut 33:1-34:12;

33 This is the blessing that Moshe, the man of ELOHIM, spoke over the people of Isra’el before his death:

2
“YAHUVEH came from Sinai;
from Se‘ir he dawned on his people,
shone forth from Mount Pa’ran;
and with him were myriads of holy ones;
at his right hand
was a fiery law for them.
3
He truly loves the peoples —
all his holy ones are in your hand;
sitting at your feet,
they receive your instruction,
4
the Torah Moshe commanded us
as an inheritance for the community of Ya‘akov.
5
Then a king arose in Yeshurun
when the leaders of the people were gathered,
all the tribes of Isra’el together.

6
“Let Re’uven live and not die out,
even though his numbers grow few.”

7 Of Y’hudah he said:

“Hear, YAHUVEH, the cry of Y’hudah!
Bring him in to his people,
let his own hands defend him;
but you, help him against his enemies.”

(ii) 8 Of Levi he said:

“Let your tumim and urim
be with your pious one,
whom you tested at Massah,
with whom you struggled at M’rivah Spring.
9
Of his father and mother he said, ‘I don’t know them’;
he didn’t acknowledge his brothers or children.
For he observed your word,
and he kept your covenant.
10
They will teach Ya‘akov your rulings,
Isra’el your Torah.
They will set incense before you
and whole burnt offerings on your altar.
11
YAHUVEH, bless his possessions,
accept the work he does;
but crush his enemies hip and thigh;
may those who hate him rise no more.”

12 Of Binyamin he said:

“YAHUVEH’s beloved lives securely.
He protects him day after day.
He lives between his shoulders.”

(iii) 13 Of Yosef he said:

“May YAHUVEH bless his land
with the best from the sky, for the dew,
and for what comes from the deep beneath,
14
with the best of what the sun makes grow,
with the best of what comes up each month,
15
with the best from the mountains of old,
with the best from the eternal hills,
16
with the best from the earth and all that fills it,
and the favor of him who lived in the [burning] bush.
May blessing come on the head of Yosef,
on the brow of the prince among his brothers.
17
His firstborn bull — glory is his;
his horns are those of a wild ox;
With them he will gore the peoples,
all of them, to the ends of the earth.
These are the myriads of Efrayim;
these are the thousands of M’nasheh.”

(iv) 18 Of Z’vulun he said:

“Rejoice, Z’vulun, as you go forth,
and you, Yissakhar, in your tents.
19
They will summon peoples to the mountain
and there offer righteous sacrifices;
for they will draw from the abundance of the seas
and from the hidden treasures of the sand.”

20 Of Gad he said:

“Blessed is he who makes Gad so large;
he lies there like a lion,
tearing arm and scalp.
21
He chose the best for himself
when the princely portion was assigned.
When the leaders of the people came,
he carried out YAHUVEH’s justice
and his rulings concerning Isra’el.”

(v) 22 Of Dan he said:

“Dan is a lion cub
leaping forth from Bashan.”

23 Of Naftali he said:

“You, Naftali, satisfied with favor
and full of blessing from YAHUVEH,
take possession of the sea and the south.”

24 Of Asher he said:

“May Asher be most blessed of sons,
may he be the favorite among his brothers
and bathe his feet in oil.
25
May your bolts be of iron and bronze
and your strength last as long as you live.

26
“Yeshurun, there is no one like ELOHIM,
riding through the heavens to help you,
riding on the clouds in his majesty.
(vi)
27
The ELOHIM of old is a dwelling-place,
with everlasting arms beneath.
He expelled the enemy before you
and he said, ‘Destroy!’
28
So Isra’el lives in security;
the fountain of Ya‘akov is alone
in a land of grain and new wine,
where the skies drip with dew.
29
Happy are you, Isra’el!
“Who is like you, a people saved by YAHUVEH,
your defender helping you
and your sword of triumph?
Your enemies will cringe before you,
but you will trample down their high places.”

34 (vii) Moshe ascended from the plains of Mo’av to Mount N’vo, to the summit of Pisgah, across from Yericho. There YAHUVEH showed him all the land — Gil‘ad as far as Dan, 2 all Naftali, the land of Efrayim and M’nasheh, the land of Y’hudah all the way to the sea beyond, 3 the Negev, and the ‘Aravah, including the valley where Yericho, the City of Date-Palms, as far away as Tzo‘ar. 4 YAHUVEH said to him, “This is the land concerning which I swore to Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over there.”

5 So Moshe, the servant of YAHUVEH, died there in the land of Mo’av, as YAHUVEH had said. 6 He was buried in the valley across from Beit-P‘or in the land of Mo’av, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.

7 Moshe was 120 years old when he died, with eyes undimmed and vigor undiminished. 8 The people of Isra’el mourned Moshe on the plains of Mo’av for thirty days; after this, the days of crying and mourning for Moshe ended.

9 Y’hoshua the son of Nun was full of the Spirit of wisdom, for Moshe had laid his hands on him, and the people of Isra’el heeded him and did what YAHUVEH had ordered Moshe.

10 Since that time there has not arisen in Isra’el a prophet like Moshe, whom YAHUVEH knew face to face. 11 What signs and wonders YAHUVEH sent him to perform in the land of Egypt upon Pharaoh, all his servants and all his land! 12 What might was in his hand! What great terror he evoked before the eyes of all Isra’el!

Genesis 1:1-2:3

1 In the beginning ELOHIM created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of ELOHIM hovered over the surface of the water. 3 Then ELOHIM said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 ELOHIM saw that the light was good, and ELOHIM divided the light from the darkness. 5 ELOHIM called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day.

6 ELOHIM said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.” 7 ELOHIM made the dome and divided the water under the dome from the water above the dome; that is how it was, 8 and ELOHIM called the dome Sky. So there was evening, and there was morning, a second day.

9 ELOHIM said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let dry land appear,” and that is how it was. 10 ELOHIM called the dry land Earth, the gathering together of the water he called Seas, and ELOHIM saw that it was good.

11 ELOHIM said, “Let the earth put forth grass, seed-producing plants, and fruit trees, each yielding its own kind of seed-bearing fruit, on the earth”; and that is how it was. 12 The earth brought forth grass, plants each yielding its own kind of seed, and trees each producing its own kind of seed-bearing fruit; and ELOHIM saw that it was good. 13 So there was evening, and there was morning, a third day.

(A: ii) 14 ELOHIM said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth”; and that is how it was. 16 ELOHIM made the two great lights — the larger light to rule the day and the smaller light to rule the night — and the stars. 17 ELOHIM put them in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and ELOHIM saw that it was good. 19 So there was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day.

20 ELOHIM said, “Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open dome of the sky.” 21 ELOHIM created the great sea creatures and every living thing that creeps, so that the water swarmed with all kinds of them, and there was every kind of winged bird; and ELOHIM saw that it was good. 22 Then ELOHIM blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the water of the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So there was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.

(A: iii) 24 ELOHIM said, “Let the earth bring forth each kind of living creature — each kind of livestock, crawling animal and wild beast”; and that is how it was. 25 ELOHIM made each kind of wild beast, each kind of livestock and every kind of animal that crawls along the ground; and ELOHIM saw that it was good.

26 Then ELOHIM said, “Let us make humankind in our image, in the likeness of ourselves; and let them rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the animals, and over all the earth, and over every crawling creature that crawls on the earth.”

27
So ELOHIM created humankind in his own image;
in the image of ELOHIM he created him:
male and female he created them.

28 ELOHIM blessed them: ELOHIM said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air and every living creature that crawls on the earth.” 29 Then ELOHIM said, “Here! Throughout the whole earth I am giving you as food every seed-bearing plant and every tree with seed-bearing fruit. 30 And to every wild animal, bird in the air and creature crawling on the earth, in which there is a living soul, I am giving as food every kind of green plant.” And that is how it was. 31 ELOHIM saw everything that he had made, and indeed it was very good. So there was evening, and there was morning, a sixth day.

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, along with everything in them. 2 On the seventh day ELOHIM was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 ELOHIM blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day ELOHIM rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.

Prophetic Reading

1Kings 8:54-8:66;

54 When Shlomo had finished praying all this prayer and plea to YAHUVEH, he got up from in front of the altar of YAHUVEH, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven, 55 stood up, and raised his voice to bless the whole community of Isra’el. He said, 56 “Blessed be YAHUVEH, who has given rest to his people Isra’el, in accordance with everything he promised. Not one word has failed of his good promise, which he made through Moshe his servant. 57 May YAHUVEH our ELOHIM be with us, as he was with our ancestors. May he never leave us or abandon us. 58 In this way he will incline our hearts toward him, so that we will live according to his ways and observe his mitzvot, laws and rulings which he ordered our fathers to obey. 59 May these words of mine, which I have used in my plea before YAHUVEH, be present with YAHUVEH our ELOHIM day and night, so that he will uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Isra’el day by day. 60 Then all the peoples of the earth will know that YAHUVEH is ELOHIM; there is no other. 61 So be wholehearted with YAHUVEH our ELOHIM, living by his laws and observing his mitzvot, as you are doing today.”

62 Then the king, together with all Isra’el, offered sacrifices before YAHUVEH. 63 For the sacrifice of peace offerings which Shlomo offered to YAHUVEH, he offered 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. Thus the king and all the people of Isra’el dedicated the house of YAHUVEH.

64 The same day, the king consecrated the center of the courtyard in front of the house of YAHUVEH, because he had to offer the burnt offering, the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings there. For the bronze altar before YAHUVEH was too small to receive the burnt offering, the grain offering and the fat of the peace offerings.

65 So Shlomo celebrated the festival at that time. All Isra’el, a huge gathering [that had come all the way] from the entrance of Hamat to the Vadi [of Egypt], celebrated with him before YAHUVEH our ELOHIM for seven days and then for seven more days — fourteen days in all. 66 On the eighth day he sent the people away. They blessed the king and returned to their tents full of joy and glad of heart for all the goodness YAHUVEH had shown to David his servant and to Isra’el his people.

Matthew 17:1-9;

17 Six days later, YAHUSHUA took Kefa, Ya‘akov and his brother Yochanan and led them up a high mountain privately. 2 As they watched, he began to change form — his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became as white as light. 3 Then they looked and saw Moshe and Eliyahu speaking with him. 4 Kefa said to YAHUSHUA, “It’s good that we’re here, Lord. I’ll put up three shelters if you want — one for you, one for Moshe and one for Eliyahu.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6 When the talmidim heard this, they were so frightened that they fell face down on the ground. 7 But YAHUSHUA came and touched them. “Get up!” he said, “Don’t be afraid.” 8 So they opened their eyes, looked up and saw only YAHUSHUA by himself.

9 As they came down the mountain, YAHUSHUA ordered them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of ELOHIM has been raised from the dead.”

Mark 12:28-33;

28 One of the Torah-teachers came up and heard them engaged in this discussion. Seeing that YAHUSHUA answered them well, he asked him, “Which is the most important mitzvah of them all?” 29 YAHUSHUA answered, “The most important is,

‘Sh’ma Yisra’el, YAHUVEH Eloheinu, YAHUVEH echad [Hear, O Isra’el, the Lord our ELOHIM, the Lord is one], 30 and you are to love YAHUVEH your ELOHIM with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.’[a]

31 The second is this:

‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

There is no other mitzvah greater than these.” 32 The Torah-teacher said to him, “Well said, Rabbi; you speak the truth when you say that he is one, and that there is no other besides him; 33 and that loving him with all one’s heart, understanding and strength, and loving one’s neighbor as oneself, mean more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Joshua 1:1-18;

1 After the death of Moshe the servant of YAHUVEH, YAHUVEH said to Y’hoshua the son of Nun, Moshe’s assistant, 2 “Moshe my servant is dead. So now, get up and cross over this Yarden, you and all the people, to the land I am giving to them, the people of Isra’el. 3 I am giving you every place you will step on with the sole of your foot, as I said to Moshe. 4 All the land from the desert and the L’vanon to the great river, the Euphrates River — all the land of the Hitti — and on to the Great Sea in the west will be your territory. 5 No one will be able to withstand you as long as you live. Just as I was with Moshe, so I will be with you. I will neither fail you nor abandon you.

6 “Be strong, be bold; for you will cause this people to inherit the land I swore to their fathers I would give them. 7 Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moshe my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go. 8 Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, and you will succeed. 9 Haven’t I ordered you, ‘Be strong, be bold’? So don’t be afraid or downhearted, because YAHUVEH your ELOHIM is with you wherever you go.”

10 Y’hoshua instructed the officials of the people 11 to go through the camp and order the people, “Prepare provisions, because in three days you will cross this Yarden to go in and take possession of the land YAHUVEH your ELOHIM is giving you.”

12 To the Re’uveni, the Gadi and the half-tribe of M’nasheh Y’hoshua said, 13 “Remember what Moshe the servant of YAHUVEH ordered you: ‘YAHUVEH your ELOHIM has let you rest and will give you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones and your livestock will stay in the land Moshe gave you on the east side of the Yarden; but you are to cross over armed as a fighting force ahead of your brothers, to help them; 15 until YAHUVEH allows your brothers to rest, as he has allowed you; and they too have taken possession of the land YAHUVEH your ELOHIM is giving them. At that point, you will return to the land which is yours and possess it, the land Moshe the servant of YAHUVEH gave you in ‘Ever-HaYarden to the east, toward the sunrise.”

16 They answered Y’hoshua, “We will do everything you have ordered us to do, and we will go wherever you send us. 17 Just as we listened to everything Moshe said, so will we listen to you. Only may YAHUVEH your ELOHIM be with you as he was with Moshe. 18 If anyone rebels against your order and doesn’t heed what you say in every detail of your order, he will be put to death. Just be strong, be bold!”

Rev 22:1-5;

22 Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of ELOHIM and of the Lamb. 2 Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations — 3 no longer will there be any curses. The throne of ELOHIM and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him; 4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night will no longer exist, so they will need neither the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because YAHUVEH, ELOHIM, will shine upon them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever.

 

Teaching

Chag Sameach Happy Holy Day

“Whoever believes in ME will never thirst.”  (John 6:35)

We are in the midst of three final celebrations of the Festival of Sukkot (Feastival of Tabernacles), which reveal the saving grace of Messiah.

Today, the Biblical festival closes in Israel as we celebrate Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly).

And tomorrow, the celebration continues with the traditional holy day of Simchat Torah /Joy of the Torah.

Discover how the Jewish People are honoring these days and how YAHUSHUA did so when HE dwelt among us.

Shemini Atzeret and the Rivers of Living Water

“For seven days present food offerings to YAHUVEH, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assemblyand present a food offering to YAHUVEH.  It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.”  (Leviticus 23:36)

Today’s Biblical assembly follows Hoshana Rabbah /Great Salvation, which we celebrated yesterday when the people cried out“Hoshia’na YAHUSHUA,” which means “Save us YAHUSHUA! I beseach you.”

This prayer is never uttered in vain: YAHUVEH promises that all who call upon His name will be saved.

“And everyone who calls on the name of YAHUVEH will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as YAHUVEH has said, among the survivors whom YAHUVEH calls.”  (Joel 2:32; see also Romans 10:13)

On this last day of the Feast, YAHUSHUA proclaimed that all who believe in HIM will be refreshed with the waters of salvation.

By this water, HE spoke of the eternal Spirit of GOD.  (John 7:37–38)

Water is a key theme during the festival of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret, which we celebrate today.

In ancient times, a special water drawing ceremony was performed during Sukkot called Simchat Beit Hashoeva /Rejoicing of the House of Drawing of Water.

This ceremony is thought to have originated during the Second Temple period, when the Cohen ha Gadol High Priest would draw water from the Pool of Siloam.  He then poured it out upon the altar as a Water Libation /offering.

The people would follow the cohen /priest to the Pool of Siloam in a joyous processional of singing, dancing and rejoicing, reciting hallel tehillim praises from Psalms 113–118 and120–134, and chanting the Scripture from Isaiah 12:3:

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation YAHUSHUA.”

jewish tradition teaches that on the eighth day of assembly, Shemini Atzeret, YAHUVEH judges the world for water, deciding on the amount of rainfall for the coming year.

For that reason, on this eighth day set aside by YAHUVEH for a special closing assembly, the Jewish people recite special prayers for rain.

Besides the obvious need for rain to water the earth in this arid climate, the rains also symbolize showers of blessing and specifically, the hope of the coming Messiah.

After the long, hot, dry summer in Israel, the people poured out desperately needed water upon the altar as a sacrificial act, demonstrating their faith in YAHUVEH to provide the rains in the upcoming year.

Likewise, when we feel at the end of our resources, if we will give sacrificially to YAHUVEH, HE will pour back into our lives, providing for our needs.

“On the last and greatest day of the festival Sukkot, YAHUSHUA stood and said in a loud voice:

Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
(John 7: 37–38)

If we will accept YAHUSHUA’s invitation to come to Him when we are weary or full of sorrow and drink from the Spirit, then we can prevent a spiritual collapse.

The living water that YAHUSHUA pours out is the Word of YAHUVEH, which the Jewish People joyously celebrate tomorrow during the traditional holiday of Simchat Torah.

Simchat Torah and the Joy of Messiah

Tomorrow, on the festive holiday of Simchat Torah Joy of the Torah, the Jewish People display their gratitude to YAHUVEH for giving us the great gift of HIS Word.

If they only knew that the Word they so joyously celebrate is none other than the Messiah YAHUSHUA.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD.”  (John 1:1)

Throughout the Tanakh /Old Testament, the Jewish people read that the Word of GOD in the Torah (first five books of Moses) is everything they need to live a righteous and long life.  As it is written:

The Torah (the Word) is the Way

“Teach them the statutes and the torah, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do.”  (Exodus 18:20; see also Psalm 119:1)

The Torah (the Word) is Truth

“Your righteousness is everlasting and your torah is true.”  (Psalm 119:142)

The Torah (the Word) is Life

“The teaching [torah] of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.”  (Proverbs 13:14; see also Deuteronomy 32:47)

The Torah is YAHUSHUA!

“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)

In fact, whenever YAHUSHUA refers to Himself as “I” we could replace it with “Torah” because they are one, just as Father GOD and YAHUSHUA are one.

“I [Torah] and the Father are one.”  (John 10:30)

On Simchat Torah, ALL of the ornately decorated Torah scrolls are taken out of the Ark in which they are safeguarded, in contrast to Shabbat and regular holy days when only two are removed from the Ark.

the Jewish People will parade these precious Torah scrolls around their synagogues in circles called “hakafot,” accompanied by joyful singing and dancing.

In many congregations, the celebrations spill out of the sanctuary into the street, where participants continue dancing and singing while carrying the scrolls.

“Oh, how I love Your Torah; It is my meditation all the day.  You through Your commandments, have made me wiser than my enemies. … Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  (Psalm 119:97–98, 105)

Torah Points in the Right Direction

What is Torah?  This Hebrew word Torah is often translated in English Bibles as “Law”; however, this is a rather poor translation.

The word torah comes from the roots yarah, which means to shoot, aim, or point to, and morah, meaning teacher.

Therefore, the Torah is YAHUVEH’s instruction to HIS people.  These instructions teach us how to live on this earth and point us to eternal life through YAHUSHUA, who as the Word in flesh perfectly embodied YAHUVEH’s teachings.

The Torah contains all the wisdom and instruction we need to live healthy, happy, successful, prosperous lives.

“Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the instructions [Torah] Moses gave you.  Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left.  Then you will be successful in everything you do.

Study this Book of Instruction Sefer ha Torah continually.  Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.  Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”  (Joshua 1:7-8)

YAHUSHUA Fulfilled the Torah

Because YAHUSHUA is the Word (John 1:1), He is the ultimate fulfillment of the Torah, YAHUVEH’s moral guidelines for mankind to live in righteousness.

Some Believers in YAHUSHUA think this means that the Torah is abolished.  But YAHUSHUA clearly taught that this is not true.

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come.  I did not come to abolish the Torah of Moses or the writings of the prophets.  No, I came to fulfill their purpose.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of YAHUVEH’s Torah will disappear until its purpose is fulfilled.

“So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys YAHUVEH’s Torah and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:17–19)

As the Jewish People diligently study the Scriptures in the Torah as well as the prophets and other writings, trying to fulfill HIS teachings on their own, they miss the very essence of YAHUVEH’s Word that they so desperately seek to learn and obey.

YAHUSHUA said, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.  These are the very Scriptures that testify about ME.”  (John 5:39)

Almost 99% of the Jewish People still do not recognize YAHUSHUA as the Messiah who is Himself the Torah.

On these final days of the Festival of Sukkot, as we bring Messiah YAHUSHUA  hidden in the teachings and prophecies of the Eternal Word of YAHUVEH  to the Lost Sheep of Israel, please stand with us.

You can make a difference that will last for Eternity.

“I will bless those who bless you.”  (Genesis 12:3)

Blessings on Simchat Torah from AMIGHTYWIND