Holidays: Sigd‎‎ – “Prostration” – A Holiday of Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish Community) #Sigd

Shalom, everyone! Sigd is celebrated by Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish community) on the 29th day of the eighth month (Cheshvan) on the post-exilic Hebrew Calendar. The holiday falls exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur on the post-exilic Hebrew calendar, corresponding to late October or late November on the Gregorian calendar. Background According to Beta Israel tradition, Sigd commemorates the day that Y-H-V-H … Continue reading Holidays: Sigd‎‎ – “Prostration” – A Holiday of Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish Community) #Sigd

Holidays: Chanukah – The Festival of “Dedication” #Chanukah

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Dedication or Festival of Lights, is celebrated from the 25th of the Ninth Month (Kislev) to the 2nd/3rd of Tenth Month (Tevet) on the Hebrew Calendar. Please note that Chanukah is a post-Exilic holiday; it is not one of the appointed times/festivals commanded by YAH in the Torah. … Continue reading Holidays: Chanukah – The Festival of “Dedication” #Chanukah

Holidays: Purim – The Festival of Lots #Purim

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of Purim, also known as "Lots," is celebrated each year on the 14th day of Adar (Twelve Month, Hayir), and also on the 15th day of Adar in the city of Jerusalem, and other walled cities ("Shushan Purim"). During leap years on the post-exilic modern "Hebrew" calendar, Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of … Continue reading Holidays: Purim – The Festival of Lots #Purim

Holidays: August Mawnin’ – August 1st – Emancipation Day

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of August Mawnin' or Emancipation Day is celebrated each year throughout the former colonies of the British West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean) on the 1st of August on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire as a result of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, effective  August 1, 1834. … Continue reading Holidays: August Mawnin’ – August 1st – Emancipation Day

Holidays: The Four Fasts – Fasts of National Mourning

Shalom, everyone! There are Four Fasts mentioned in Zechariah 8:19 which the House of Yehudah (Judah) observed annually in ancient times to mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE. Zechariah prophesies that these solemn occasions will one day become joyous occasions for the House of Yehudah, provided they … Continue reading Holidays: The Four Fasts – Fasts of National Mourning

Holidays: Juneteenth – June 19th – A Day of Remembrance

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of Juneteenth, Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day is observed each year in the African-American community on the 19th day of June on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas and the Confederate States of America. The word "Juneteenth" … Continue reading Holidays: Juneteenth – June 19th – A Day of Remembrance