An Introduction to Jewish Feasts

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

A feast is a sign of the divine in history. Israel celebrated three kinds of feasts: pilgrimage feasts, solemn or repentance feasts, and lesser feasts not mandated by the Torah. All of these commemorated God's action in the life and history of the community.

Like all peoples and all religions, Israel introduces rhythms into the cycle of time by means of recurring feasts. These include feasts in the full and proper sense, the "pilgrimage feasts" (pesa, shavuot, and sukkot), the solemn, that...


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