Last night was only the second time, that I can recall, in nearly three years that we did not have a minyan present. Many men are working in the evenings, or out of town. I pray that you will listen to the class and stay in step with the community.

The first hour was a formal review of G-d’s calendar. We subtitle this complex and wonderful arrangement of appointments and expectations as regular rhythms of righteousness. When G-d’s biblical calendar is compared with the calendar we have adopted from Christendom down through the centuries, mostly from the pagan Roman world and the Roman Catholic Church, the result is startling. I had long wondered how a new believer could go so far adrift between the times we met together. Of course, our churches only meet (with G-d or others) once or twice a week, depending on the sect. G-d’s people are thrust before the Holy One, blessed is He, very frequently. We tried to render the robustness of the model in the pictures below.

<< The world’s timing mechanism

G-d’s calendar >>

As you can see, there is a different basis between the two models. The world’s calendar of events is based on the sun. In fact, this is how the church calculates Easter. Have you ever looked in your Bible to determine when Easter Sunday is? Easter is always the first sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. So in the Spring, after the date when day and night are equal, wait for the first full moon. The following Sunday is Easter. Not very biblical, is it?

Passover, on the other hand, is always 14 Nissan, regardless of what day of the week it happens to fall.

I first taught this comparison in late 2007 when the references to the next blood moon tetrad were in the distant future. Now, we are but two years from what could be a very dramatic time in Israel’s history. Regardless, HaShem expects His people to meet with Him when He commanded we do so. Let’s not miss the party…

The second hour we examined the walk of faith from a different perspective. As we begin the self-examination our focus seems to be doing the DOs and not doing the DON’Ts. But as many have experienced, this godly lifestyle is not a burden, nor is it difficult. In fact, the above rendering of our life’s timings becomes a solace and heart-warming routine. I’m so looking forward to meeting with the community this weekend, first for Shacharit prayers in the morning and Oneg, then again just before Havdalah to celebrate Shavuot. It is a blessing.

The tzadik must move beyond the routine and look not at the time when he is doing the works of righteousness, nor when he is doing the works of unrighteousness (which by His grace become fewer and farther between), but rather to the times when he is doing nothing. These are the times which separate the Sages of which we read and the average believer. The men on whom G-d will rest His mighty Spirit and change the world are the men who choose to server their Master at all times. Convenience, fatigue or ones score on the daily mitzvah meter are irrelevant to the true tzadik. I pray we shall all develop this deep and abiding faith, and may our Messiah Yeshua return soon and in our days!

In light of the topic, let me reiterate…

  • Yesterday’s class was on Rosh Chodesh Sivan.
  • Today is 46 days to the Omer, which is 6 weeks and 4 days.
  • Today is the fourth day of the week, and we begin to look forward to this Shabbat.
  • Motzi Shabbat this week begins Shavuot, as we celebrate the giving of the Torah.
Note: This Shabbat we will not discuss the portion or read the Pirkei Avot together. Take the time at home to rest and praise the L-rd, so you can be refreshed as we gather to celebrate Shavuot together later in the day.

Rosh Chodesh Sameach!

Shalom,

Yosef ben Yosef