On this day atonement will be made for you in order to cleanse you. Before the LORD, then, you will be clean from all your sins.
Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall fast and afflict yourselves and present an offering to the LORD.
1 John 2:2
Yeshua is the Kippur, the sacrifice that atones for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Rabbi David Levine’s Notes:
On Yom Kippur, we fast as a way of humbling ourselves before God. The purpose of Yom Kippur is to both provide atonement for us, and to assure us of God’s atonement on our behalf. The apostles taught that Yeshua was our Kippur – the sacrifice that atones for sin.
On Yom Kippur, we greet each other with “Tsom Kal”, which can be understood to mean “I hope your fast is easy.” What makes an easy fast? Humility, sincerity, and gratitude for what God does on our behalf to cleanse us.
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Let’s pray that our fast will be easy and effective, and bring us confidence of God’s forgiveness.
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Tisha B’Av,"The Ninth of Av," is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples.
This year it starts at sundown, Monday, August 8, and ends at sundown, Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Join together with us and Jewish people all over the world in humbling ourselves before God, and asking for his mercy and healing.
Many other calamities have befallen the Jewish people on this day:
587 BCE (3338)- The First Temple is destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.
70 CE (3830)- The Second Temple is destroyed by Titus and the Romans.
135 CE (3895) - The Romans defeat Bar Kochba, and Emperor Hadrian turns Jerusalem into a Roman city.
1290 (5050) - King Edward I of England signs an edict expelling all Jews from England.
1492 (5252) - The Alhambra Decree takes effect, expelling the Jews from Spain and from all Spanish territories.
1914 (5674) - World War I begins when Germany declares war on Russia
1940 (5700) - Himmler presents his plan for the "Final Solution" to the Jewish problem to the Nazi Party.
1942 (5702) - Nazis begin deporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
Sources: Aish.com and "Jewish Literacy," by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.
"Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, to my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrata, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
הלא הכתוב אמר כי מזרע דוד ומכפר בית לחם מקום דוד יצא המשיח׃
For the Tanakh clearly states that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.
Rabbi David’s notes:
Just outside Bethlehem is the burial place of Rachel. Bethlehem was the home of Boaz, Naomi’s kinsman redeemer who married Ruth. It was also the hometown of Ruth and Boaz’s descendants, including Jesse and David. Messiah, descendant of King David, is also prophesied by Micah to come from Bethlehem.
That we would not be in a hurry to speak - and would take care with our words when we do speak
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
Rabbi David’s Notes:
Listening carefully and actively works best when we are also not in a hurry to speak. In fact, when we are in a hurry to speak it may disrupt our own attentive listening. Though the tongue may be the hardest muscle to tame, when we master it, we have greater influence with other people.