Unrest Continues in ‘Season of Rejoicing’

We are in Sukkot, which ends this coming Sunday, October 7. This festival is sometimes known as Zman Simchateinu—or the “Season of Rejoicing”—and is quite a contrast to the most solemn of days, Yom Kippur, which was just over a week ago.

I pray that you are living in a Season of Rejoicing! God intends for you to live in His joy, which is far deeper than happiness. So often people base their emotions on their circumstances rather than God’s Word. God does indeed have a plan for each of us, and His plan for you and me is that we live in His blessing. In fact, His Word declares in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

On the international scene, through purely ‘natural eyes,’ there is seemingly not much to rejoice about. Unrest in the Middle East continues as democracy is put into the hands of people whose values are based on an entirely different system than the Word of God. Giving rule to the majority when they don’t value life and liberty produces some very bad outcomes. (more…)

Gondar’s Prophetic Destiny During Sukkot

By Jonathan Gannon,
Director of Global Outreach for Jewish Voice Ministries International

DATELINE: Gondar, Ethiopia

We have just completed our second full outreach day here in Gondar with very exiting results. Every member of the outreach team has worked diligently and intensely since landing here in Ethiopia nearly two weeks ago.

Following the group orientation and rest for the newly arrived international team of 56 medical professionals and volunteers, we flew to Gondar on Sunday morning. Following lunch, we were greeted by torrential rains that delayed the medical orientation and final set-up of the outreach compound. As always, our Medical Director has engineered an amazingly efficient clinic system that seems to improve by the day. Our Jewish Voice Ethiopian national leadership team have all supported the clinic planning and operations with great diligence. In addition to all this, Jack Zimmerman and the prayer team have witnessed almost overwhelming results in the prayer room. (more…)

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…)

Jewish Voice Celebrates Sukkot 2011

Join Dr. Ray Gannon on the grounds of Jewish Voice to learn all about the purposes and construction of the sukkah, or booth, that is traditionally used to celebrate the biblical feast of Sukkot, the Jewish holiday which began last night at sundown.

And here’s a fun, short video of our Jewish Voice staff decorating the sukkah with fruit.

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Do Messianic Jews Celebrate Christmas?

Jonathan Bernis talks from a Messianic Jewish perspective about the celebration of Christmas on our Jewish Voice monthly webcast November 18, 2010.

The idea that Messianic Jews don’t believe in Christmas, many Messianics do. Others celebrate Messiah at a different time. For many, it is Sukkot. But all of us reverence the birth of the Lord.

The idea of God becoming man is the greatest story ever told. So Chanukah, Christmas bring it on. Celebrate through it the real meaning, Chanukah being the cleansing of the temple and the great deliverance that God brought through the hands of the Maccabees, through His strength.

And Christmas, of course, whether you celebrate it on the 25th or at another time, the birth of the Lord becoming flesh for us, tabernacling among us and living on this earth and dying for our sins, what an amazing story!

Learn About Chanukah

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Christmas Story Myths and Facts

By Sandie Zimmerman,
wife of Messianic Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, Jewish Voice Staff Evangelist

What if what you learned about the nativity is wrong? What if there is more to this amazing story than what you think you already know? Let Sandie shed light on Yeshua’s (Jesus’) birth through a deeper understanding of Jewish history, tradition, and customs.

Many of us have grown up with the traditional, heartwarming story depicting Yeshua’s (Jesus’) birth. We have been told that Mary was nine months pregnant, and that she and Joseph went from Nazareth to Bethlehem, which is roughly 25 to 30 miles, on the day that she was supposed to give birth. Mary traveled by donkey over really rough terrain, trying to get to Bethlehem before the baby was born.

We have been led to believe that they finally got to Bethlehem and Joseph was so frantic that he was knocking on everybody’s door, trying to find a place to stay. Then the miraculous event happened on a cold December night in a stinky stable with flea-infested animals.

But is that what the Bible really says? (more…)

Sukkot: The Feast of Booths

By Rabbi Jack Zimmerman,
Staff Evangelist at Jewish Voice

This year, the Jewish holiday known as Sukkot begins at sundown, Wednesday, September 22.

As in every year, it’s a time of rejoicing. Why? Because it was at this time in ancient Israel when the harvest season was over that God had provided more than enough food for the people to survive. Now it was time to go up to Jerusalem and give thanks to Him in worship at the Temple! (more…)