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Shalom dear friends in the Messiah, It is hard to believe that September is here! For so many of us this means the beginning of school, church activities, and the return of our very active lives after hopefully a restful summer. The Jewish community, of course, is in the midst of planning services for the Jewish High Holidays: The New Year (Rosh Hashanah), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These three great festivals all fall within the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, which usually corresponds with the fall months on the Western calendar. This year, the Jewish holidays fall on the Western calendar as follows: New Year: Sunday, Oct. 2nd – Tuesday, Oct. 4th The Day of Atonement: Tuesday, Oct. 11th – Wednesday, Oct. 12th The Feast of Tabernacles: Sunday, Oct. 16th – Sunday, Oct. 23rd In general, even the most secular Jewish people will celebrate Rosh Hashanah (literally—the head of the year), but even more Jewish people will celebrate The Day of Atonement, which is considered the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Probably fewer Jewish people will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, although after the seriousness of the first two, the Feast of Tabernacles is a lot of fun and known as a time of great rejoicing! We have a few different tools that you can order to help you better understand the holidays. The first is our brand-new Messianic Jewish Art Calendar, which focuses on the variety of foods linked to the holidays—with recipes included! Secondly, we have a number of excellent books that describe the Jewish holidays and point to the ways in which Jesus the Messiah fulfills these festivals. My wife and I wrote a book called The Fall Feasts of Israel and we also offer a book on all seven of the great festivals found in Leviticus chapter 23 written by Dr. Daniel Fuchs, a former president of Chosen People Ministries. Please see the back page of this newsletter or visit www.chosenpeople.com/store to order these and other great resources. I know that you will enjoy these opportunities to better understand your Jewish heritage in the Messiah! The Temple The theme for this newsletter is the Temple, and I asked our good friend Dr. Randall Price, author of more books than can be named, to give us some fresh information about the most current archaeological research regarding the Temple in Jerusalem. I know that you will thoroughly enjoy Dr. Price’s article. There is quite a bit of interest in the rebuilding of the Temple and Dr. Price takes a very sober view of these events which I am sure will enrich your personal Bible study. Be sure to visit Dr. Price’s website and order some of his fascinating books (worldoftheblble.org) —don’t miss them! I am also very grateful for the ongoing work and writing of Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum. Arnold is one of my mentors and he came to faith through Chosen People Ministries many years ago under the ministry of Miss Ruth Wardell. Arnold was discipled by missionaries from Chosen People Ministries and then years later began his own ministry called Ariel, a wonderful teaching ministry, and I hope that you will become more familiar with this great work. Arnold was a regular attendee at the camping programs of Chosen People Ministries (called the American Board of Missions to the Jews at that time). I believe this experience gave Arnold a great heart for Bible teaching and for the value of camping as a mentoring tool. When I was a very young believer, I met Arnold and his wife Mary Anne and actually attended the first ever Camp Shoshana in the Adirondack Mountains in 1974. I was already a Bible college graduate and was on my way to seminary at the Talbot School of Theology (part of Biola University), but will never forget the foundational teaching I received during many weeks of intensive study at Camp Shoshana. During one of those Bible studies, Arnold shared from the Book of Ezekiel about the meaning of the term Shekinah glory. Over the years, I’ve continued to study this great biblical concept and wanted to share with you a few quick thoughts about the relationship between THEGlory WHERE DID GO? 2 The Chosen People


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