Do The Biblical Holidays Have Meaning For Us Today?
Submitted by Messianic Rabbi Jim Appel
(Rochester, NY) -
This series covers the biblical holidays of Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets; Passover; and Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. He has also just added a brand new book to the series entitled Firstfruits/Resurrection Day.
Rabbi Jim Appel has been the Rabbi of Congregation Shema Yisrael, a Messianic Jewish congregation in Rochester, NY since 1996 and a Jewish follower of Jesus or Yeshua since 1977. He is ordained by the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues.
Congregation Shema Yisrael observes all the Biblical holidays every year, so over Rabbi Jim's 24 years of serving as a Messianic Rabbi, he has had to study each Biblical holidays every year seeking fresh revelation to share with the congregation. In these times of study the Lord has graciously gave him abundant revelations about each of these holidays. These revelations are compiled in his books. They include how the Biblical instructions and traditions that developed in ancient Jewish culture for each holiday point prophetically to Yeshua being the Messiah, and they also reveal how Yeshua used these Biblical instructions and traditions in His teaching to create teachable moments that revealed powerful truths and insights to His disciples and us. In addition these revelations give important insights that help each of us understand God's Word, His Nature, His plan for our lives and how to walk in the Spirit.
Rabbi Jim earned degrees in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and Physics from the University of Southern California, and previously worked for Xerox Corporation for 24 years as an optical engineer and engineering manager. He holds 47 patents in the fields of copier and printer optics and laser diode technology.
Rabbi Jim decided to follow Yeshua after a long spiritual search. Raised as an atheist, his spiritual search took him into the world of mind-altering drugs and yoga meditation, and ended with a dramatic encounter with Yeshua the Messiah in the privacy of his bedroom. His books are available online at amazon.com, olivepresspublisher.com. You can watch him tell his story of coming to faith at From Athieist to Messianic Rabbi - Jim Appel's story , on vimeo at https://vimeo.com/28599093")