Congregation Beth Simcha of Lufkin, Texas

Weekly Torah Service

Every Sabbath morning (Saturdays) at 10:00

The liturgical part of our service is mostly in English. 

The Hebrew we do say is also repeated in English as well. 

We follow the liturgy with singing and Hebraic dancing. The service concludes with a drash (message from Scripture), after which we have a time of table fellowship.

The Holy Days

Of course, Shabbat (Sabbath, or Saturday) is the holiest of all days. There are other days God said to remember and observe. 

Passover and Days of Matza (2 done together)

is the commemoration of God's delivering Israel from slavery in Egypt. It includes the Days of Matza, during which unleavened bread is eaten and no leavening agents may be found within the home or property. In Jerusalem on Preparation Day, as everyone got ready for the Passover Seder, the Sadducees put Messiah on trial and condemned him to death. As the Sages of Israel see in scripture, the death of the Righteous One atones for the sins of others. 

Watch the calendar for date and time.

Shavuot, or Pentecost

is the celebrating of God giving the Torah to Moses, who in turn taught it to Israel. It is seven weeks and one day after Passover and it a time of great joy and celebrating. The major events of the book of Ruth take place during these days. 

In the Book of Acts, it is also the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Temple, enabling many to give testimony of Yeshua in the languages of the people who came from far distances. 

Rosh Hashanah

or the Feast of Trumpets is the first of the High Holy Days, or Fall Feasts as some call them. The major themes of Rosh Hashanah are the resurrection of the dead and the ingathering of the Jewish people from around the world. The trumpet is really a shofar, or ram's horn, which is sounded for this very special time. The ram's horn is a reminder of God sparing Isaac when Abraham found a ram caught in a thorn bush.

The shofar call is mentioned in I Thessalonians 4:16, when Rav Shaul (or Paul as is commonly known) speaks about the resurrection of the righteous dead and the shofar call, announcing the return of Messiah. 

Yom Kippur

is known as the Day of Atonement. It is the second of the High Holy Days, during which there is much confession of sin and acknowledgement of our own short-comings. It is the one day the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place with the blood of a goat, sprinkled on the Ark cover, ensuring the forgiveness of sin for another year. When studied closely, this day reveals Messiah in a powerful way. 

Sukkot

is the Feast of Tabernacles and commemorates the 40 years Israel was in the wilderness and had all their needs provided by God as they dwelt in the wilderness and lived in sukkot (temporary booths).

These booths were temporary tent-like structures that could be dismantled and transported when God’s presence in the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night moved as a sign that Israel should follow. Sukkot is a commemoration of God’s protection, guidance, and provision to the people of Israel during their sojourn to the Promised Land. 

Sukkot is a picture of the Messianic Kingdom to come.

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