Shavuot, which means “weeks,” concludes the counting of the Omer, a seven-week period that falls after Passover. The Feast of Weeks is so called because it takes place after this seven-week interim; it is also known as Pentecost, which in Greek means “Fiftieth” (i.e., the fiftieth day after Passover).
The following is excerpted from an archived reflection by Moishe Rosen. You can read the full article here. “[Today’s] church tends to regard its congregations and religious gatherings the way the ancient Hebrews regarded the Temple at Jerusalem—as God’s official headquarters. This inaccurate interpretation leads to ineffectual methods of evangelism. No church building or […]
This year, Shavuot (the Jewish festival behind the Christian Pentecost Sunday) is May 14-15 (sundown to sundown). You can read more Jews for Jesus articles on this holiday here. Beyond that, David Brickner and Rich Robinson have written a very thorough guide to understanding this holiday and how it relates to believers in Jesus. Christ […]
This month marks the observance of Pentecost on both Jewish and Christian calendars. June also kicks off the New York Summer Witnessing Campaign on our Jews for Jesus calendar. I’ve been thinking about these events, and seeing Pentecost as a terrific context for our upcoming campaign. The story of Pentecost told in Acts 2 opens […]
Ashkenazi Jews* Sephardic/Mizrahi* Jews (often varies country to country). For convenience, both are referred to here as Sephardic. Pronunciation of the holiday Shavuos (to rhyme with “ya knew us”) Shavuot (to rhyme with “ah, blue boat!”) Food Both groups typically eat dairy food during this holiday. Among the Sephardim, however, Yemenite Jews do […]
Pentecost. Is it a denomination? A supernatural experience? A date on a liturgical church calendar? Perhaps it is the surname of a beloved Bible scholar? Actually, Pentecost is first and foremost one of the most important and least appreciated Jewish festivals in the Bible. And since it is coming up in just 2 weeks, May […]
This month, the Festival of Pentecost will slip past most Jews and Christians unnoticed; yet it is one of the three most important Festivals in the Old Testament and it marks a pivotal point in the history of Christianity. Allow me to transport you back to that event, and to the day when this festival […]
It’s always good to have extra prayer for staff and branch transitions and we’ve got a few coming up. Many of you know that this year’s Summer Witnessing campaign is expanded as the capstone of our Behold Your God outreach. We will have nine campaigns running simultaneously and the outreach will include all of the […]
Find out how the Jewish holiday Shavuot (Pentecost) became known as the birthday of the church.
Many in the Body of Christ have shown great interest in Jewish believers in Jesus, the Jewish roots of Christianity etc. And many have come to us with their questions. While David Brickner’s three-part open letter may address some of these questions, we have been working on a more comprehensive look at the various aspects […]
Is Shavuot a Jewish holiday or is it the birthday of the Christian church? It’s both! Find out more about the origins and the fulfillment of this biblical holiday.
Some of you have just begun receiving the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and some of you have been reading, praying and giving for years. To those who are new, thank you for taking an interest in our ministry and for giving us the opportunity to tell you about our mission. For those who have been […]
For our own Jews for Jesus Shavuot site, see: http://special.jewsforjesus.org/shavuot To learn more about Shavuot from a traditional Jewish perspective, try these sites: Shavuot on the Net: http://www.holidays.net/shavuot/index.htm Judaism 101 on Shavuot: http://www.jewfaq.org/holidayc.htm Test your holiday knowledge with this Shavuot and Lag BaOmer Quiz: http://www.bus.ualberta.ca/yreshef/pesach/shavuotquiz/shquiz.htm (Before you take this quiz, you can brush up on […]
A little boy approached me with brightness in his eyes, excitement in his voice and proudly announced, My birthday is next month. I will be five years old!” I smiled as he told me of his much-anticipated birthday. He was counting the days. That’s the kind of enthusiastic anticipation many Jewish people feel about the […]
In Israel, at Shavuot time the children come to school dressed in white clothes. The little ones wear crowns of flowers and leaves. We decorate baskets with flowers and leaves and put in fruit as a symbol of the firstfruits that were brought to the Temple. We also fill the baskets with dairy foods like […]
A Bit of Background Shavuot begins on the evening of the sixth of Sivan. In Bible times, this holiday was an agricultural festival—a time for our people to present the firstfruits of the crops to God. It was a holiday of gratitude; of giving back to the Lord that which He had given to us. […]
As one of the Gentile members of the Jews for Jesus staff, I appreciate the fact that one of our core values is the deployment of frontline missionaries who are Jewish or married to a Jewish believer. That core value preserves the integrity of our name and provides a distinctively Jewish story where one is […]
From the former Soviet Union, outreach worker Leonid Wasserman reports, One week, God blessed me with three people who prayed to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord! First, there was Evgeni Naumovich. Not long ago, he received a phone call from a relative during one of our visits. Evgeni ended the conversation quickly, saying, […]
Some Christian organizations like to describe their evangelistic efforts as crusades,” but we Jews for Jesus can’t use that word. Its origin is obscure enough that most Christians have forgotten, but those early crusades were a religious war against Turks and Jews. The Turks were well able to defend themselves, and eventually, after five crusades, […]
It is customary to read the Ten Commandments in the synagogue in keeping with the tradition of linking Shavuot to the Giving of the Law. We read the book of Ruth at Shavuot for three reasons. The setting of Ruth is the harvest. She became a follower of the God of Israel, just as Israel […]
A 1975 publication that shook up mission leaders by its very title was James Engel’s What’s Gone Wrong With the Harvest? The book exposed the fact that despite all the effort and energy put into the church’s mission of evangelism, the harvest of souls” has been sparse. We could discuss the lack of manpower, or […]
I was on my way to The Land on an assignment to report on some new agricultural kibbutzim. My flight had yet to be announced as one delay had followed another in the uncertain weather. It was obvious that there was going to be more delay and I was very tired. I watched with absent […]
"I would like to see you guys in action," commented Michael M., a Jewish man in his forties. I had been distributing broadsides on a busy corner in New York City , but I briefly stepped out of the flow of pedestrian traffic and began a dialogue with him. Mr. M. told me that he […]