Happy Shavuot!

What Is Shavuot?

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday/holy day celebrated on the sixth of Sivan to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. It is the second of the three pilgrimage feasts in which Jews would travel to the Temple in Jerusalem to give their first fruits. The festival takes place exactly 50 days after the festival of Passover. Shavuot is referred to as Pentecost by Christians and is also sometimes referred to as the Feast of Weeks.

What Is the Proper Greeting for Shavuot?

The greeting for Shavuot is simply “Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday).

When Is Shavuot This Year?

Jewish Year 5773: Sunset May 14, 2013 – sunset May 16, 2013

What Bible Verse Corresponds With Shavuot?

“And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide” (Deuteronomy 26:1-2 NKJV).

A Shavuot Blessing

May your home be filled with love,
May your heart be filled with peace,
May your life be filled with joy,
On Shavuot and every day!


Next Week on Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis (May 6, 2013)

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Be Encouraged by Hear O’ Israel Mexico City Ministry Highlights

2012-mexicocity_sqmDon’t miss the Hear O’ Israel International Festival of Jewish Music & Dance showcase featuring amazing moments from one of our most epic outreaches. The Mexico City Hear O’ Israel showcase captures a city vibrant with culture and rich in diversity, highlighting life changing ministry, worshipful music, and breathtaking dance performances by some of the most talented and anointed Messianic performers in the world today. You will be encouraged and uplifted as you witness God at work in the world’s ninth largest city.

Be sure to watch our Mexico City Hear O’ Israel Festival on our TV show the week of May 6, 2013. View our sneak peak of next week’s show here:

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Festival of Lights: The Chanukiah

2-tone ChanukiahThe lighting of the chanukiah is the most important Chanukah tradition. The chanukiah, which  is a candlestand with nine branches, contains eight candles of the same height, one for each day of Chanukah, with a taller one in the middle called the shamash (“servant”), which is used to light the others. Each evening of Chanukah, one more candle is lit, with a special blessing.

The chanukiah symbolizes the burning light in the Temple and marks the eight days of the Chanukah festival. It also represents the light of freedom won by the Maccabees for the Jewish People.

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Purchase the chanukiah you see in the photo to the left along with a Chanukah minibook directly from Jewish Voice!

Sukkot,The Feast of Tabernacles, Celebrated This Week

A sukkah, or booth, used during the Jewish holiday known as Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles.

By Jonathan Bernis,
CEO and President of Jewish Voice Ministries International

Otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Ingathering, or the Feast of Booths, Sukkot begins just five days after Yom Kippur. (This year Sukkot started on September 30 and goes through October 7, 2012.) It is a seven-day period when the Jewish People recall God’s faithfulness and provision through their forty-year period of wandering in the wilderness.

They remember God’s provision of food, water, shelter, clothing, guidance, light, and heat during the wilderness years. During this week, each Jewish family lives in a small temporary dwelling (or booth) made of branches. At night, they look up at the stars and recall God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. (more…)

Thousands Reached on the Streets of Mexico City

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

DATELINE: Mexico City
September 5, 2012

A view of Mexico City from the prayer room.

Greetings once again from Mexico City, where things are running with great intensity. We have been amazed with the results on the streets from the past few days. The theme of the past two days has been “breakthrough.”  The testimonies we are hearing from “Denny” and the street outreach team are “Book of Acts” amazing.

The role of the street outreach team (nearly 200 people every day) is to strategically saturate areas of the city (primarily Jewish community areas) with Festival invitations (a.k.a fliers). In the process of handing the invitations to people on the streets, the team is trained to engage people in evangelistic conversations.

The results have been staggering: Sunday – 40,000 invitations and 52 salvations, Monday – 90,000 invitations and 80 salvations, and Tuesday – 130,000 invitations distributed and 170 salvations. The running tally after three days is this: 260,000 distributed Festival invitations and 302 salvations. Praise the Lord! (more…)

Mexico City Festival Update: One in Purpose

By Jennifer Dodsworth,
Jewish Voice Outreach Recruitment and Communications Manager

DATELINE: Mexico City
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jewish Voice Festival volunteers get training in Jewish evangelism before heading out to Mexico City to minister.

We began the morning with a brief training on Jewish evangelism and a reminder about the hope of salvation for our Jewish People before heading out into a prominently Jewish area of Mexico City later today. I have never been more thankful or joyful to see so many, Jew and Gentile, coming together to share the Gospel and bring more into the family of God through faith in Yeshua.

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How to Win Souls for Yeshua in Mexico City

By Jennifer Dodsworth,
Jewish Voice Outreach Recruitment and Communications Manager

DATELINE: Mexico City
Saturday, September 1, 2012

“Denny” (not his real name) instructs the group of Hear O’ Israel! Festival volunteers how to do street evangelism so that many local residents on the streets of Mexico City will come to our three-day Festival of Jewish Music & Dance and come to know their Messiah.

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