The Feast of Tabernacles: Tapping into their Hebraic roots

Because Jews celebrate their holy days by a lunar calendar while Christians live by a solar calendar, festivals of the two faiths that are in some way related seldom fall on the same date. The difference can run from days to weeks because a Jewish leap year incorporates not an extra day but an extra month. The only festival in which the days are always the same is the Feast of Tabernacles, which in Jewish parlance is Succot, since Christians who observe it do so according to the Hebrew calendar.

The festival commemorates the time when the Israelites lived in the desert after coming out of Egypt and enjoyed temporary housing, or succot, and received the Torah.

The Torah is often referred to as the bride of the Jewish people. At the end of Succot, the festival known as Simhat Torah takes the form of a wedding, with people dancing beneath a bridal canopy, carrying a scroll in their arms. In Jerusalem, some congregations dance into the streets, with at least four congregants holding a huppa over the scroll bearers, while the other congregants dance behind them. They proceed in this mood to the Western Wall, where the plaza is filled with many huppot, Torah bearers and dancers celebrating their commitment to God.

“Tabernacles was never incorporated in the Christian calendar like Passover and Pentecost were,” says David Parsons, media director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), which in its founding year three decades ago introduced the Feast of Tabernacles into modern Christian practice.

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7 Replies to “The Feast of Tabernacles: Tapping into their Hebraic roots”

  1. The historic Church Catholic has always suffered not having the Feast of Tabernacles before her eyes liturgically and theologically. But thank God she has still Christian teachers who know and use it historically and theologically! I am thinking of many right now who are before their Lord, but their works still continue. The Christian must seek out and find those that have gone before in the way of faith and doctrine!
    Fr. R.

  2. I would also agree. The Christian Church is really a Judeo-Christian reality! Without the Jewish people and history…there would be no Church, no Incarnation, and no eschatological salvation!
    “Salvation is of / from the Jews!” (Jesus, St. John 4:22)
    Fr. R.

  3. Great reading this post about messianic
    judaism, and the views of people throughout the world. The Messianic Movement makes
    a call to our real beliefs and at the same time tasks us to wonder if we are truly believing or just following a group of people and what they like.

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