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Special Simchat Torah Service

  • October 17, 2014
  • 8:00 PM
  • 1190 East Lake Rd S, Tarpon Springs, FL 34668
We will be celebrating Simchat Torah, the final day of the Sukkot festival and we encourage you to attend with us on this  joyful occasion. Service begins at 8 pm. Here is a quick word about the joy of Simchat Torah:

For the past week, the people Israel worldwide have been joyfully celebrating Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), and it is now about to reach its climax with Simchat Torah. In the Temple Days, Sukkot was the pinnacle of the year, and the final day was the pinnacle of all. Historically, Sukkot was given by God to celebrate the ingathering of the fall harvest season.  When all the fruits of the land were gathered in, the people went up to Jerusalem, to the house of the Lord, to rejoice and give thanks for the bountiful harvest. Hundreds of thousands of Jews, and visitors from many other nations, gathered to Jerusalem and slept in primitive booths (sukkot) for the entire week. It was a reminder of Israel's time in the wilderness, as it says:  "That your descendants will know, that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt." (Lev. 23:43). It was one time per year that it was very common for there to be thousands of Gentile travelers, from many nations, who came to visit the marvelous Temple in Jerusalem, and to celebrate Sukkot with the Jews. 

The last day of the feast was the peak moment. Since the harvest was over, a new season of planting was ahead. Therefore, on that final day, water was poured out in the Temple as a ceremonial offering called the "water libation ceremony." Prayers for rain were offered up to God. As all this was going on, Yeshua stood up in the Temple and spoke. The  New Testament describes it in this way:

"On the last and greatest day of the festival, Yeshua stood and said in a loud voice,'Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them'." ( John 7:37,38).

In the post-Temple era, the synagogue has become the venue for celebrating the biblical feasts (Lev.23). The celebration of Simchat Torah (rejoicing in the Torah) has become the great and final day of the festival. Nowhere on earth is it more joyful than in a messianic synagogue. We dance with the Torah, and give thanks to God for the “harvest” He has richly provided this past season . . . and we pray for "rain" in the new year. 

May His Spirit "rain" down upon you and your loved ones for a rich harvest this year. We hope you will celebrate with us this special Friday night on Simchat Torah at Temple New Jerusalem. Shalom.

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