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22 Tishri — Don’t Lose Your Cool

Today, the 22nd day of Tishri, is called Shemini Atzeret (the Eighth Day). Traditionally, it was on this day that Moses received the message that he was soon to die and that he would not enter into Canaan. This was greatly disappointing to Moses who, on more than one...
9 Tishri — Let Brotherly Love Continue

9 Tishri — Let Brotherly Love Continue

Today, the 9th of Tishri, is the day before Yom Kippur. And so on the eve of Yom Kippur - the day when we entreat the Creator to forgive us of our transgressions - do we stop and consider just what are the most serious of our crimes? Perhaps with some it is anger;...

8 Tishri — Am Yisrael Chai!

8 Tishri — Am Yisrael Chai!

It was on this day in 1939 that Reinhard Heydrich met with aids in Berlin to discuss the so-called “Final Solution” for the “Jewish problem.” In the minds of people like Heydrich, Goebbels, Göring and of course, Hitler, Jews were considered to be mongrels, criminals...

7 Tishri — Who Is On The LORD’s Side?

7 Tishri — Who Is On The LORD’s Side?

It was on this day, according to Jewish tradition, that all of those who worshipped the Golden Calf, died. It's recorded in Exodus 32:27-28: “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to...

6 Tishri — Mercy Does Not Equate To Approval

6 Tishri — Mercy Does Not Equate To Approval

Today we are just four days away from what is considered, in Judaism, to be the holiest day of the year. Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement marks the culmination of a 40-day period of teshuvah, or repentance. On Yom Kippur atonement was made for the sins of the nation...

Word From Bill — When You Are In Distress

Word From Bill — When You Are In Distress

As you know, this past Monday was Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) which means that we are currently in what is known as the “Days of Awe.” The Days of Awe are a continuation of the season of Teshuvah ("repentance") that began just over a month ago at the start of the...

5 Tishri — Family Matters

5 Tishri — Family Matters

It was on this day, that tradition says that the son of Jacob, Naphtali, was born. Naphtali’s birth came about as a result of one of the most infamous sibling rivalries in all of Scripture, that between Leah and Rachel. These two sisters had been contending with one...

4 Tishri – The End Is Just The Beginning

4 Tishri – The End Is Just The Beginning

In the Gospel of John, we are given the account of the sickness, eventual death and subsequent resurrection of Lazarus. One of the more interesting features in this particular story is Messiah’s delay in going to him followed with this statement in John 11:4: “This...

3 Tishri – May Your Name Be Inscribed

3 Tishri – May Your Name Be Inscribed

It was on this day that Gedaliah ben Ahikam, governor of Judah after the destruction of the first Temple, was assassinated by other Jews at Mizpah (2 Kings 25:22-25). To commemorate this assassination and the dispersal of the Jewish remnant still left in the land of...

2 Tishri – Behold The Lamb!

2 Tishri – Behold The Lamb!

Today is considered by Judaism to be the second day of Yom Teruah (a.k.a. Rosh Hashanah or “head of the year.”). And so on this day, the story of the akedah or “the binding” of Isaac, found in Genesis 22:9-10, is read in the synagogue.  “Then they came...

29 Elul – No Excuses

29 Elul – No Excuses

Today is the last day in the month of Elul and it was on this day that tradition believes God created the sea creatures and fowls of the air. The Bible says:  So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded,...

28 Elul – Shining His Light

28 Elul – Shining His Light

Today, the 28th day of Elul, marks the commemoration of the fourth day of creation. According to Scripture, here’s what happened on the fourth day:  Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let...

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