Once again, a great time of fellowship and learning! Audio is available on the Class page.

Our time was focused in the first hour on the rhythms of our life, as taught in the Scripture. Surprisingly, we began our discussion with death and bereavement. The annual reminder of a loved one’s death is called the yahrzeit. We noted that our culture tends to memorialize births rather than deaths. This is strongly contrasted in the culture of G-d’s people. There are very few birthdays described in the Scriptures – and most are not favorably portrayed.

From the traditional mourning events (shiva, shloshim, yahrzeit) we reviewed the moedim (appointed times) of Hashem. The key take-away is that the very first appointed time is Pesach (Passover) – Yeshua’s yahrzeit! There may be debate over the day of the Master’s birth, but everyone knows when he died.

We noted that the Jewish people tend to have a much healthier grieving process than the rest of the world, and the Mourner’s Kaddish is not a sad prayer, by any means.

Our second hour was devoted to the history of G-d’s people. This week instead of playing the mugshot game (standing with a name placard on your chest at the appropriate place along our time line) with names of historical figures, our placards had historical places on them. Next week we’ll be doing events. We will also do a complete overview of the entire time line for those of you new to the class. Come prepared to take copious notes!

As a result of last night’s class, you should be able to answer the following questions:


  1. What are shiva, shloshim and yahrzeit?
  2. Relate yahrzeit with one of the appointed times.
  3. What are the seven appointed times?
  4. All the moedim are based on an understanding of what period of time?
  5. Who named the Land of Israel Palestinia?
  6. What is the difference between Babylon and Babylonia?
  7. When you hear “offering” you should think _______________________.
  8. What chapter of the Torah describes all the moedim?
  9. What chapter describes the seven appointed times as three pilgrimage feasts?
  10. Yom Kippur is technically an incorrect name. Why?

Reminder: We have asked a Rabbi to teach us once a month for the next six months.
Please email me questions for which you would like the Rabbi to prepare.




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