Overview of the Festival Calendar
The Moedim (Appointed Times) of Hashem are often called the "Jewish Feasts," but they are not solely for Israel. There are instructions for the "sojourner among you" to be able to participate along with Israel in the Feasts of their G-d. Any follower of Hashem is eligible to participate... and every follower will participate in the Olam Haba (the Age to come); see Isaiah 66 and Zechariah 14.
The Moedim are divided by season. Those which start the Biblical year, i.e. the Spring Feasts, were brought to fullness during Messiah's first coming, and those which start the Civil year i.e. the Fall Feasts and Fasts, look forward to the Messiah's return, when He shall come to permanently "tabernacle" among us.
- Pesach (Passover): Yeshua's death as Passover Lamb
- Matzah (Unleavened Bread): Yeshua's burial as Bread of Life
- HaBikkurim (Firstfruits): Yeshua's resurrection
- Shavuot (Weeks/Pentecost): Yeshua's outpouring of the Ruach HaQodesh (Holy Spirit)
- Yom Teruah (Trumpets): Yeshua's call to repentance as Watchkeeper
- Yom Kippur (Atonement): Yeshua's return as Redeemer/Re-Gatherer of Israel & Judge of Non-Israel
- Sukkot (Tabernacles): Yeshua's Millennial reign as King
This free "mini-course" presents each of the appointed times of Hashem as a separate "lesson." Some of these were put together as far back as 5769 (2009), and others as recently as 5775 (2015). Feel free to bring others along to this free course, or even to use the materials in your Shabbat Schul or homeschool classes. All course supplies are downloadable.
The tools used in MJR's courses were selected because they hold particular value in communicating the concepts being studied in a given course. Some may not be specifically targeted to a Messianic audience, but may still contain information that would be advantageous to the Messianic talmid/ah. Others may reflect in places terminology that has fallen into disuse, but does not diminish the value of the information conveyed. As with everything that is not the Bible itself, read them with discernment.
We do not expect students to agree with everything presented in any course, whether via lecture, assigned reading, or video presentation. As participants in higher education, students enrolled in MJR's courses and/or programs should be practicing critical thinking and discernment every step of the journey. To that end, your faculty recites this blessing along with each of you:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך–הָעולָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָיווְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסק בְּדִבְרֵי-תורָה
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divrei Torah.
Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to study the words of Torah.
NOTA BENE: While it is the general practice and preference of MJR to use circumlocutions in place of the Covenant Name of our G-d (Hashem, Adonai, Elohim, Elokim, Adoshem, etc.), some course materials (e.g. textbooks, linked websites, journal articles, etc.) may not always do this.