Moonbeams and the Moedim Part II

We discussed YHWH as the Master Time keeper and the relationship between women and the moon in Part I. This post will compare the four primary moon phases to the feast days and women’s cycles. 

supermoon_01Quick Review

The Creator’s purpose for placing the great luminaries in the sky is to govern our TIME (and calendars).

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth“; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. (Gen. 1:14-19)

The moon is given a unique role in setting our calendars; it keeps, guards, protects, and marks out our moedim or appointed times with the Creator. These roles mirror those of the female and the ezer kenegdo.[1] These “appointed times” or appointments with God were meant to be important and relevant to God’s people in all generations (Lev. 23).

He made the moon for the seasons (moedim)… (Ps. 104:19)

In this post, we are going to focus on the various moon phases that mark out our months. Have you ever considered what phase the moon is in at various biblical festivals? Do you think it’s possible that the Creator meant for us to consider not only the season of each feast, but also the phase the moon would be in? Since the moon was given for the moedim, I believe there is great significance to be gleaned by these observances.

Moon-PhasesThe moon actually changes (from our perspective) a little each night. Science generally categorizes these changes into four principal lunar phases. In between each of these quarters, there are also four intermediate phases.[2] All together, they are:

  • New moon (astronomical)
  •      Waxing crescent
  • First quarter
  •      Waxing gibbous
  • Full moon
  •      Waning gibbous
  • Last quarter
  •      Waning crescent

For our purposes here, I will be using the four principal lunar phases as section titles. Where a feast day falls during an intermediate phase, it will be noted. But first, let’s define the new moon more clearly.[3]

As I’m sure most of my readers understand, there is a difference between the astronomical new moon and the biblical new moon. The astronomical new moon occurs when the moon is completely invisible or dark. Most of the time, you can see this phase with the naked eye. The moon appears “full” but it has no illumination. This may help us to understand a fascinating contranym (a word that can mean its own opposite) in Hebrew with regard to the moon. That word is the Hebrew keseh. This Hebrew word may sound familiar to you in the form Yom HaKeseh, the Hidden Day — a day referring most particularly to the new moon feast of Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah).

Truly, the moon is “hidden” just before the first sliver of the new crescent reveals the return of light and the biblical new moon. But the word keseh means much more than “hidden”. It is used here in the Psalm 81:

Blow the trumpet at the new moon (chodesh), at the full moon (keseh), on our feast day (chag). (Ps. 81:3)

Chodesh (New Moon) is a Hebrew word derived from the root meaning new or renew.[4] The Crescent New Moon is called chodesh precisely because it is the first time the moon is seen anew after being concealed in darkness. What seems to cause confusion is the uncertainty of the root behind the Hebrew word keseh (translated as full moon). This is Strong’s definition followed by its root.

H3677 כּסה    כּסא kese’  keseh Apparently from H3680; properly fullness or the full moon, that is, its festival: – (time) appointed.

H3680 כּסה kâsâh A primitive root; properly to plump, that is, fill up hollows; by implication to cover (for clothing or secrecy): – clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm. Compare H3780.

Obviously, keseh means to be full or fully covered. Is not the full moon full of light and the new moon covered in (partial) darkness? Can you detect the contranym in keseh? This word denotes both revealed fullness and concealed coverings. Keseh is like kos, cup. The full moon is like a cup overflowing with abundance. Likewise, the new moon is “covered” with the same abundant force. Thus, the moon (from our perspective) is in a continual state of keseh. Like many Hebrew words, keseh can mean its own opposite. The moon is both revealed and concealed in a cycle. This activity is mirrored by women, both in their appearances in the biblical narratives (their movement in and out of the text) and in their physical bodies (menses/flow).

According to the Bible and Hebraic history, sighting the very first sliver of the waxing moon crescent marks a biblical new moon. This makes sense considering that when the moon is still black, there is not yet an indication of renewal. Only when the first visible sign of light returns can the moon be considered “renewed”. Historically, each new month began with the sightings of two reliable witnesses. Once announced, two silver trumpets heralded the day. Signal fires were then lit from mountain to mountain to spread the news throughout the Kingdom. And a new moonth began.

Rosh Chodesh (New Moon)

Phase One

The Biblical New Moon honors God as the Creator, the Master of TIME and new beginnings. The moon is a symbol that emphasizes our move from darkness unto light. At the head of every new month, we have an opportunity to live out this truth anew. The moon’s cycle of waxing and waning reminds us that even in our failings, when our light decreases, there is always hope for renewal. Rosh Chodesh offers us the opportunity to begin anew every month. This is just one more way that we may join YHWH as masters of TIME in the wheel in the middle of the wheel.

In Jewish tradition, women are given special honor during Rosh Chodesh. Some women celebrate it as a special Shabbat from certain types of labor and gather together with other women for study. There are several stories from tradition that make these associations quite fascinating. You can read about them in the links in this footnote.[5] Regardless of whether the traditional stories are true or not, the physical nature of women’s cycles weren’t lost to the Sages. Though shrouded in some mystery, women’s bodies align themselves with YHWH’s mystical lunar clock.

shfar manYom Teruah

Although Chanukah extends into a new moon phase, there is only one feast day that begins at the New Moon: Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah (Trumpets). It may now be very obvious why trumpets are blown at this date. Since weather can affect the sighting of a new moon sliver, this day has been dubbed, Yom HaKeseh, the Hidden Day at which no man knows the hour or the day of its occurrence. Yom Teruah heralds the seventh month, the coming Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Ingathering.

This day calls the ones sleeping in darkness to hear the great alarm of the shofar. Wake from slumber and know the season and phase you are entering. The Father desires that none perish, but many will choose otherwise. There are exactly ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These days are called the Days of Awe and throughout this time, the moon grows fuller and fuller. In other words, the new moon brings promises of more light, more awareness. There is an escalation that begins with this New Moon Feast that will culminate at Sukkot. Remember that first sliver of light is visible at this feast and moon phase. It brings with it the potential for growth and restoration.

Women

Many women have their menses either during the dark/new moon or during the full moon. They shed the old, so they can begin building the new. Obviously, menses can occur at any time during the month, but when a woman bleeds during the new moon, she will be fertile at the full. And when she bleeds at the full moon, she will be fertile during the new moon. Studies show that the more women are exposed to natural light (rather than artificial), the more consistent their cycles align with the moon phases.[6] The new moon is certainly a type of renewal, just as the woman’s womb continually renews itself.

To simplify our analogy with women and the moon, let’s consider a woman that ovulates during the new moon. If the egg is met with seed, new life will begin to form.

First Quarter

Phase Two

 As soon as the first sliver of the new moon reveals itself, the moon begins to grow increasing fuller in the night sky.

Shavuot and Yom Kippur

Shavuot (Pentecost) is the fourth feast on YHWH’s calendar. It is the holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah and the Holy Spirit. Every year, this spring harvest festival falls at the waxing moon. The implication is that this season and phase of the moon is a time of growth, harvest, and blessing.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, also falls at this time as the sixth feast. As the most holy day of the year, it behooves us to ask why it arrives during the waxing moon. I believe the answer is revealed when we also consider the other two festivals that sandwich this feast (fast) day in the seventh month. We’ve already looked at Rosh Hashanah as the new moon. It calls us to awaken from our slumber and to hear the shofar’s call, warning us of coming Judgment. Ideally, the call will lead us to life.

Yom Kippur is the Day of Judgment. Too often we associate judgment with finality. The moon speaks to us that that is not what the Creator has in mind. There is more to the story. His desire is that we are judged favorably as pictured in this waxing/growing moon phase. Judgment leads us to something. It points us to eternity as visualized in the following feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles).

Women

If an egg was fertilized at the new moon, then at this phase, the zygote will be implanted into the womb and growth will rapidly occur. Conversely, if no seed was received, the womb will prepare to shed in menses.

The Full Moon

Phase Three

The full moon falls around the fourteenth or fifteenth day of Hebrew months. The important thing to remember is that when the moon is full, we have the most light in the darkness. It’s easier to SEE.

lulavPesach and Sukkot

Two of the three pilgrimage festivals, Pesach (Passover) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), occur at the full moon. If we looked at all seven festivals together, these feasts would bookend YHWH’s entire calendar. The light of the moon offers a bright night sky for worshippers and pilgrims to gather together. Interestingly, Sukkot commemorates the original Passover and the succeeding wanderings in the wilderness. The two feasts with the most light in the darkness are linked and connected by their memorials, light, and completeness.

Mystically speaking, there is more “spiritual” light on the earth at these appointed times. In my experience, it is the two festivals of Passover and Tabernacles that people are more curious about and willing to participate in.

Women

If a woman ovulated during the new moon, she will begin menses at this time if she didn’t receive seed. If she did conceive, her body will pause her cycle at this moon and full gestation will begin. I believe Passover and Sukkot both impregnate the true spiritual seeker with a desire to seek the Creator more diligently through obedience.

Last Quarter

Phase Four

The moon’s light begins to decrease.

Unleavened Bread, Early Firstfruits, Shemini Atzeret, and Chanukah

Holidays that fall during the waning days of diminishing light include Chanukah (which extends into the new moon) and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, the eighth day of Sukkot. This holiday also marks the end of the Torah cycle and its beginning. These are holidays of new beginnings, cleansing and renewal, and portals from death into life.

In the spring, just after the full moon of Passover, come the days of Unleavened Bread and Early Firstfruits. The moon light begins to gently decrease during these days as well. The theme of these festivals mirrors Shemini Atzeret and Chanukah. This isn’t surprising since they all occur during the same waning moon phase. Harvest, rebirth, resurrection, and renewal are all present.

While decreasing in light can be considered a negative thing, sometimes it is a very necessary and holy act. Perhaps that is why more feast days occur at this moon phase than any other. Consider John the Baptist’s words:

John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. “You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. “He must increase, but I must decrease. “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. (John 3:27-31)

I wonder if John had the analogy of the moon in mind when he said these words. If you carefully read the above passage, you can clearly see the moon phases. John was sent ahead of the Messiah as the “sent one”. His job was to testify (reflect) the true light:

 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. (John 1:6-8)

The imagery of the moon reflecting the true light of the sun (Son) is unmistakable here. The fact that the Hebrew month begins in the evening with the moon in the sky also testifies to this. The moon precedes the sunlight just as John preceded the Messiah. His job? To testify or reflect the coming Light. This is the job of all “sent ones”. Remember to think cyclically and not linearly. In Hebraic thought, this imagery doesn’t occur once, it is ongoing and repetitive. This cycle didn’t begin with John the Baptist nor will it end with him; just as the daily cycles of evening and morning repeat every day and the moon phases repeat every month.

In Jewish literature, the moon is not only associated with women, but with Israel as a nation. This shouldn’t surprise us since God’s people are often given feminine metaphors in the Bible. Israel and Judah are sisters; Israel/Judah is a bride, a woman, and a wife. As I’ve mentioned many times, both men and women are revealed in the Woman of Scripture. This is true whether you are a harlot or a righteous woman.

John knew that he had no real light of himself. The people didn’t need to be distracted by him, a mere man. The Mashiach, the Light of the World, was in their midst. To Him alone all glory belongs. This is a test for all “sent ones”. The moment a “sent one” believes that people must come to them for “light” is the moment they pass from truth to the realm of a false apostle.

angel-lightThis brings us to the other side of the coin of diminishment. Not all light is good or holy light. We know that the enemy masquerades as an “angel of light” and Messiah told us to “watch out that the light that in you is not darkness”. (Luke 11:35) The first wicked spirit that lights a dark lamp is pride.[7] We all suffer from this malady and it must be diminished as a wicked or dark lamp. Repenting and humbling ourselves, we have the promise of renewal and rebirth as seen in the coming new moon.

Women

Women also have this same promise if the conception of life didn’t occur earlier in the month. The new moon is coming, but not before darkness. I believe this is true for women desiring to conceive children and for those trying to birth other (good) things into the world. The cycle teaches us that sometimes we must endure the darkness. Sometimes our light is dim. But praise Adonai; the promise of His light is near. We need only to look up. Our salvation draws nigh.

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD, “So your offspring and your name will endure. “And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from Sabbath to Sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD. (Is. 66:22-23)

Recap

Women connect us to sacred time. Their bodies tell the same story as the great luminaries in the sky. It is a message of life, death, and renewal. It is the gospel spoken through the flesh. Let’s put together what we know about the moon, the feasts, and women thus far. Here, I’ve given the analogy of a woman that is in menses at the new moon. Here are the festivals and their associated moon phase. I’ll let you make your own assessments for the feasts of the people: Chanukah and Purim.

Passover/Full Moon = Shedding of blood. Death is cleansed by blood, so new life can begin. All people must pass through the bloody opening of their mother’s womb, just as people of faith must leave Egypt through the bloody door of the covenant. Light is separated from the darkness. A woman is separated (niddah) by the blood, whether it is menstrual or from birth. Both speak to life, birth, and renewal.

Unleavened Bread/Waning Moon = Leaving an old life for a new one is difficult. All must eat the bread of affliction and struggle with this phase of repentance and cleansing. The light may “appear” dimmer as we walk through this process. As the uterus continues to shed death and decay, a woman experiences a level of discomfort and separation.

Early Firstfruits/Waning Moon = The moon continues to wane during this week. But the darkness of the tomb has light. The separation process isn’t indefinite. Gathering unto life is promised. (As pictured in Isaac and Messiah’s resurrection.) Though the days ahead may be dark, a new dawn is coming. The waters of immersion wash us in the Red Sea just as a woman is cleansed from her blood flow in the mikveh. Newness and cleansing preps us to receive life. We begin to count our days to fullness, to Shavuot.

Pentecost/Waxing Moon = When the day of Pentecost has “fully come”, the moon waxes toward fullness and we begin to overflow with the fullness of the Torah and the Holy Spirit. This likened to a woman that has received Seed. There is promise that a New Life is forming. This is why the moon isn’t yet full. We have our instructions and the filling of the Holy Spirit to see us through to the harvest.

Rosh Hashanah/New Moon = During the long hot summer, the harvest grows and ripens. Eventually, the darkness of this present world seems as if it will engulf us in wickedness. Alas, the trumpet sounds (Rosh Hashanah) announcing the arrival of the king. The tiny new sliver brings with it the promise of the bright full moon to come. But first, judgment must come to pass. The shofar calls the Bride to make herself ready. She is fertile and ready to receive her King.

Yom Kippur/Waxing moon = As the moon begins to reach fullness, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement arrives. The harvest is gathered, bundled, and placed in the covering of the Master’s barn, but the chaff is burned outside. Likewise, two goats are marked. One for Adonai and the other is sent into the wilderness of sin to die for Azazel. The woman has been judged. Will she bear fruit fit for the Kingdom or will she only have the curse of a swollen belly because of the bitter waters?

Sukkot/Full Moon = After judgment, the marriage feast takes place under the bright harvest moon. What was promised in the betrothal at Shavuot is consummated under the chuppah. The bridegroom is joined with his bride. She recalls their time in the wilderness of her youth and her redemption from slavery. Everything about this festival recalls the great work and preparation of her Maker, her husband. Though He seemed to delay, the harvest is great. The guests are dressed in clean white linen. What was once a seed has become new and eternal life.

Shemini Atzeret /Waning Moon = The last great day occurs. Though the moon is waning once again, it won’t last long. The cycle will continue, but the moon’s light will no longer be diminished. YHWH is making all things new. There will be no need for the light of the earthly luminaries. He is our Light and His people know their appointed times. The trees (His people) will produce fruit every month because they are nourished from the River of Life that flows from the throne of God. (Ezek. 47:12, Rev. 22:2)

Chanukah = Waning Moon and New Moon

Purim = Full Moon

My hope is that you will now begin to meditate on the moon phase as you celebrate the moedim cycle. While men do not have a menstrual cycle that keeps their physical body attune with the moon, they no doubt have women in their lives that do. As a part of the greater assembly, both men and women (as a Bride) go through cycles of shedding death and nourishing good seed. In a very real sense, both men and women birth things in both the natural and the spiritual realms. The next post in this series will take this concept a bit further by examining the moedim within the framework of a human gestation cycle.

Part III



[1] The Biblical Role of Women Part I and Part II.

[2] The word crescent refers to the phases where the moon is less than half illuminated. The word gibbous refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. Waxing means “growing” or expanding in illumination, while waning means “shrinking” or decreasing in illumination.

[3] In the camps of those returning to the Torah, the moon can cause a bit of controversy in the realm of calendar keeping.  Many divisions and splits have resulted from differing opinions and research of new moon sightings. Many a paper and teaching have sought to prove that their view of when a “new moon” actually occurs is the right one. There are others that adamantly claim that once the new month begins, the count for the weekdays should begin. This makes the weekly Shabbat, fall on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th of a month instead of the usual reckoning of Saturday (Sabbath). Confused yet?

We can truly act like LUNATICS in our pursuit of truth. I encourage you to seek balance in these areas through humility. Our Greek mind-sets desire absolutes, black and white answers, and “rightness”. But Hebraic thought allows for more than one understanding even when they appear contrary to our finite minds. Be careful when you feel the need or desire to draw line in the sand. No one has yet cornered the truth no matter how thoroughly researched the topic may be. Ask yourself what type of fruit will be manifested by your “belief” or “actions”. Will your stand produce life or death in the Body? Will your conviction build or destroy? I’m not calling for compromise, but sacrificial love. We don’t have to sacrifice our convictions in order to love others or respect their conclusions. We will be known by our fruit. May our fruit NOT reek of division, confusion, bickering, self-righteousness, and pride.

So, in regards to the “right” way to observe, mark, or calculate the new moon, humbly follow your convictions, but be careful when you judge someone else’s if it is contrary to yours. If your local Body doesn’t keep the moedim on the dates you do, I encourage you to join with them anyway. Separation that doesn’t lead to gathering is DEATH. (You can always keep the dates you feel are most accurate at home.) In this same spirit, be careful when you “judge” Jewish laws in this area as well. In light of this, I will not engage or allow others to mete out their fierce convictions on this issue in the comments on my blog. I see nothing but rotten fruit in such endeavors.

[4] Strong’s Definitions: H2320 חדשׁ chôdesh From H2318; the new moon; by implication a month: – month (-ly), new moon.

       H2318 חדשׁ châdash A primitive root; to be new; causatively to rebuild: – renew, repair.

[5]  http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Rosh_Chodesh/Women/Moon.shtml

http://www.aish.com/jl/hol/o/48972041.html

[6] See The Garden of Fertility by Katie Singer

[7] See Proverbs 6:6-8 and The Creation Gospel Workbook Two, by Dr. Hollisa Alewine.

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11 thoughts on “Moonbeams and the Moedim Part II

  1. Mich-in-French

    Thank you for this very interesting article. I have just been doing some reading up on the new moon and it was great to have some additional info on this.

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  2. Very good thoughts and analogies. Perhaps, in recognition of unique components of female spirituality and connection, women would choose to somehow seek to translate the moon phases into some sort of attractive, useful expression? I agree that female spirituality doesn’t need to copy male spirituality in order to achieve egalitarianism; that was one of the major errors of feminism. Let’s just not allow that to descend into, “separate but unequal,” sort of like Jewish day schools where boys study mishnah and girls learn to bake challah. We need something created by women to serve women and allow women to serve, and not akin to ladies’ bible studies that are sanctioned and approved by men. I bet you read, “The Red Tent.”

    You are probably aware that while currently, most women in modern societies interact mostly with artificial light and do not align their cycles to the moon phases, women who live together find their cycles aligning. How do women who are beyond the phases of the moon fit into this scenario? I suspect that since we have experienced this phase of our lives and are no longer in that state, we have a unique perspective.

    When I have attempted to convey the message you have mentioned, that those who have been doing torah for 15-20 years or less and/or learning from that demographic really should pay attention to those who have being doing torah, albeit imperfectly for more than 3,000 years, it falls on deaf, and I would wager fearful and angry ears. While most Jews have some idea of their history, few Christians do, and though I can empathize that things can get hazy over 2,000 or even 500 years, do you think there is an excuse that HR people fail to know the history of their beginnings?

    Now I have a suggestion that many will find offensive, although it is not intended in that manner. One has the right to label themselves whatever they wish, whether or not others accept that label or not, but one does not have the right to label others in a manner that they don’t accept and mostly don’t understand. If you use the phrase, “the Jewish people,” no one will be offended and everyone will understand what you mean. I don’t answer to, “Judah.” I am not, “brother Judah.” If a person is respectful and honest, I will welcome them into my home happily. But if that person decides to change their name to mine and thinks they have the right to rearrange the furniture (had a crazy babysitter who did just that, not the name part) I shut the door. Yes, there are a handful willing to answer like trained puppies to that name, and as far as I am aware, there are financial incentives to do so.

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  3. Wow, Chaya! You brought up a lot of stuff here. (: It is fascinating that women’s cycles will synchronize when they are in close proximity and in relationship with each other. On some level, could this be a “spiritual” picture of how the BODY should function? I mean, isn’t this an amazing picture of unifying? Sharing the same burdens, going through cycles of cleansing and renewal together? Even women past menopause share in this cycle as a picture of life seasons, wisdom, and overcoming. They have real empathy for the younger women and real life lessons (both physical and spiritual) to impart to their successors. And this bonding revolves around seasons, blood, and the moon. Lots to meditate on. I agree completely that feminism missed the mark in trying to make women equal to men by making them more masculine, but I also hear and confirm the caution of “separate but unequal”. There is a fine line here that must be diligently sought to maintain righteous balance and true equity among the genders.

    I think there is a lot of zeal in the HR movements, but very little maturity. I believe there is a process that those from the nations go through that causes the frustration you speak of. Like little children, the light of the Torah helps them to start separating things out. (The first steps in holiness, if you will.) Think the Sesame Street song, “One of these things is not like the other”. Many things once held dear must be purged when light reveals the truth. This process is painful and like being skinned alive, one will set many precautions in place to never have to repeat the process again. This is why so many in HR adamantly proclaim their conclusion on the matter (at hand) is the only “right” one. They know all too well how painful the process is to purge if they’re found “wrong” again.

    But this thinking isn’t mature, rather, it’s very childlike. Hence, them making their own little cliques that agree with their conclusions on nearly every issue. They don’t play well with any person or idea that challenges their findings. And like teenagers, they have real issues with authority of any kind. This is why so many are at odds with Jewish tradition and the like. The good news is that not everyone remains stuck in the “separation” stage. Many do go on to understand that separation that doesn’t lead to gathering is death. Thus, they learn the difference between sacrificial love and pride.

    I don’t find your view of “labels” offensive. As a matter of fact, I’m sure you are not alone in your thinking/feeling. I will be more sensitive with my terminolgy when speaking and writing. (:

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    • @K., regarding women and synchronous cycles, I read an article a while back that this was traced to a, “lead,” female among the group whose cycles began sooner, and the others gradually, “caught up.” This was linked to pheromones.

      Regarding HR stuff: I don’t blame you for insensitivity, as likely this is what you were taught. From my vantage point, HR has brought much evangelical baggage; leaving Babylon but taking it with you. Not everything from that former spiritual home is bad.

      Some of this baggage is:

      1. The (Greek) belief that absolute truth exists in this universe, that it can be defined and understood and we have it. Greeks have some useful contributions though – like rational and critical thinking, questioning your own assumptions. There is an insistent on being right, and a foundation that right believing is central.

      2. Following, the arrogance linked to this doctrine; they are the proud he knows from afar. I suppose I might be more tolerant of say, an incredibly talented singer who knows his greatness vs. a mediocre or untalented musician that also holds himself in the same high regard. There is a need to make others agree with you rather than be a light and be attractive.

      3. Love of entertainment and disinterest in learning, study, effort. Preferability of the sensational and right now, rather than time acquired wisdom. I’ve even heard of the idea that an uneducated, unread person is more spiritual, more humble and therefore more likely to speak truth. Yes, God spoke through the donkey, but do we go around seeking out donkeys for divine words?

      4. Charismania stuff. Most of HR are from charismatic churches. So, now, “Yah told me,” replaces, “God told me.” Emotions and hype rule. Many weird beliefs; some sound valid at quick glance, but are full of holes upon examination. I’ve asked some people who claim to keep torah, yet are seeking to hear the latest from proven false prophet(s). I never get an answer, just an argument. Make it up as you go along interpretations/practices.

      5. The Curses of Christianity. I did an article about this. My take is that as the church turned on the Jewish people and Jewish stuff, groups also broke away with the same hatred, disgust and disdain. Then groups broke away from the reformers with the same. The breakaway from evangelicalism occurred in the same manner. Now HR people are also forming many antagonistic factions. Some leave HR to convert to Judaism or become Noahides, with the same attitudes as they held toward their predecessors.

      6. Undercurrent (growing) of antisemitism. I suspect much of HR antisemitism is of new origin. While they were in churches, “Jewish stuff,” was off-limits in a negative way, but I suspect Jewish people don’t show up on the radar much, especially if they aren’t located in an area with much of a Jewish community. Two-House Replacement theology is copying the first century variety, and while it may love its own interpretation of torah and practice, doesn’t like Jews and finds Jews and, “their stuff,” fearful and threatening. I see a typical comment, “It is more important to please Yah than please, “Judah,” or seek to not offend, “Judah.” The problem is, they are usually determining, “Yah’s will,” via the teachings of NG, MR, or some other Youtube rabbi/scholar/guru/pseudoscientist.

      The Wild West environment isn’t the only answer to tyranny/authoritarianism/patriarchy. When you are presented with a false dichotomy, look for a third option. With so many hireling/deluded teachers leaving behind their rotten fruit as they drive off into the sunset, the followers aren’t totally to blame. However, they are attracted to these teachers and cling to them. I don’t see the enaction of Zech. 8:23 and have heard all sorts of bizarre apologetics as to why it isn’t. One problem is something the evangelical mind has a hard time understanding: The sages of Judaism are considered to be wise, while not inerrant. Another evangelical view that makes things more painful, as you mentioned, is the idea that one was in darkness and idolatry and now is only in light and truth. Your HR fathers have handed you down lies too, just like the church. Can one look at a trajectory of spiritual growth and understanding as an alternative? We are in a process of refinement; opening our hearts to new things that we couldn’t have held before and purging away things that are no longer useful or that we have discovered to be wrong for us.

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  5. eshetchayil

    This series is touching me profoundly. Thank you for putting this together and thank you for your sensitivity. Several years ago, I was introduced to the correlation of the feast days with the cycle of human pregnancy by a friend who was studying to become a midwife. This started a process of discovery for me. I could go into details, but suffice it to say I had no one to mentor me regarding the monthly functions of my body or the beauty of pregnancy, much less the connectedness of all that to the spiritual realm. Learning these things “too late” to appreciate their impact during reproductive years was heart breaking, however, you cannot go back and it is never “too late” to learn, right?

    It has been a struggle to sort out Truth from lie regarding my femaleness. It has only been in recent years that I have been able to realize that being a woman did not mean I was something deficient or tainted. Understand, I have been “churched” on some level all my life. Seeking and challenging the norms where they did not conform to Scripture left me isolated – wildernessed as it were.

    More and more, though, there are those such as yourself who are witnessing to the Truth and providing information which brings confirmation and encouragement to many of us out here who have thought for too long we may be the only one. For some, it may not reach as far as they have gone, and for some it may be out of reach, but I am blessed in the now place that I am to be able to hear and understand and apply to my life, so thank you, again. Can’t wait for #3!

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    • Eshetchayil,

      There are many of us that didn’t have a mentor for these beautiful things when we were younger. Hopefully, we can change that with the next generation. Having the past that I do, I MUST stand on the fact that it truly is never too late to learn! Many precious things were stolen from me because of sin and lack of knowledge. And I too, was “churched” (and disillusioned) in what it meant to be female. Sadly, it caused me to be quite rebellious when I was younger — but that’s another story.

      I really believe that no matter our age or circumstance, YHWH can still set us free! If He reached me, He can reach anyone. 🙂 I’m glad you’re here and on the journey with me. Since you’ve studied the feast cycle within gestation, I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on my next post. I hope to have it out tonight or tomorrow. It is different than others I’ve studied.

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