Feast of Tabernacles 2013 . . .
Wednesday Evening, September 18 - Thursday, September 26
The Feast of Tabernacles in one of the "pilgrimage" festivals listed in Leviticus 23 in the Judeo - Christian Bible. Besides 'Feast of Tabernacles', the festival goes by a number of names - Feast of Booths, Sukkot (Hebrew for 'booths'), Feast of the Nations, and of course The Season of Our Joy!
This festival looks back at the forty year period of time when the Israelites lived in the wilderness of Sinai. During that time the people could see the Presence of God dwelling in thier midst, all their needs were taken care of, neither their shoes or their clothes wore out, and they had righteous judges in the persons of Moses and the judges.
The festival also looks forward to the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom when Yeshua will be dwelling in and ruling from Jerusalem. It will be a time when all the nations learn of the great things that happen when people follow the ways of the God of Israel. As a consequence, shalom (peace) will spread out from the Great City and eventually encompase the whole world.
God's people are called to observe the festivals each year. By doing so, you learn that God's festivals teach of the joy of walking in His ways and His plan of salvation for all mankind.
We welcome you to enjoy the fall Festival of Sukkot at our "Hebrew Roots" feast site as we spend eight days learning and studying the ways and walk of our Father and His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) - our Messiah, and the meaning of this very special time of year referred to by the ancient Jewish sages as "the Season of Our JOY". Along with the numerous opportunities to hear from gifted teachers, there will be daily Hebraic praise and worship along with Davidic dancing and hearty fellowship - all intended to bring us closer to the true meaning of the festival. Since Yeshua observed this festival within the 1st century Jewish culture and tradition, we throw in a little of those traditions ourselves in order to enhance the festival experience. Evenings are packed with activities for the whole family, including a Hamburger Cookout, a Fun Show, various midrashim, Hebraic Dance Classes for teens and adults (including classes for beginners), and the opportunity to browse the Jerusalem Marketplace.
Because God's festivals are family oriented, we incorporate special children's and teen's classes and activities into the mix. Being that our festival site, the Windermere Youth Camp, is an active youth camp, it is specifically patterned to be safe and enjoyable for children of all ages. The camp is at the end of a long private road with virtually no traffic (almost everyone walks between activities) thus making it safe for children with bicycles.
There is plenty of housing available right on the Windermere campus, ranging from primitive tent campsites and RV campgrounds, to motel rooms, lodge rooms, and luxury cabins. Since most facilities have kitchens, you won't ever have to go out to eat, but if you're ready for someone else to do the cooking, the dining hall will be serving great cafeteria style meals at various times throughout the festival.
Over the years we've been asked to present topics relating to the family. We know that many of you face issues in regards to the Hebraic walk. We hear comments like ". . . my spouse does not go along with my new beliefs. What should I do?" or ". . . my children are so involved at school and it's hard for them to observe the Sabbath with me". Last year, I heard a comment from a woman that was quite interesting. She said " . . . I've always heard that the Bible is hard on women, but now that I'm studying it, I don't think that's the case!". This, of course, is not an issue, but rather a Praise Report!
Because many are looking for answers to these and similar questions, we're asking some of our speakers to address a variety of these problems as well as teach from a positive perspective the value of strong Hebraic families and some of the keys to having one. We hope to discuss topics concerning courting, marriage, working with theological differences within the family, the Hebrew marriage model, coverings, keeping peace within the greater Hebraic family, and many others. I'm sure there will be something for everyone!
Whether this is your first year to observe the Feast of Tabernacles, or you've been doing it for many years, consider spending the festival with us. You'll find Season of Our Joy to be a refreshing and enlightening festival experience. Check us out!
You've probably heard it said "The Biblical festivals are "Jewish" festivals. Christians don't have to do them." But is that really the case? The Bible clearly shows that the festivals are YHVH's festivals. They don't belong to any one tribe.
NKJ Leviticus 23:2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
But doesn't the New Testament say that the festivals are Jewish? Yes, we get that indication from a statement made by John.
NKJ John 7:2 "Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand."
But when you consider John's statement within the context of the entire Bible, we see that the festivals were given to all Israel, not just the single tribe of Judah. We also see that anyone who wanted to align himself with God's people would take part in the festivals as well (Exodus 12:48).
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SOOJ Dance Videos!
Participate in the Dance that is a part of every SOOJ praise and worship service. See videos of the praise dances that will be a part of this year's festival. Each dance is shown just as it will be done at the festival. Click Here
Sukkot Men's Dance