Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, December 25, 2020
(Early) Shabbat Shalom *|FNAME|*,

This is a strange RR.  Read the Scriptures and be blessed.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri    25-Dec-2020        10th of Tevet, 5781 Fast of Tevet
Ge 46:28-47:10    2 Sa 15    Ps 87     Lk 9:27-62        (2 Co 10)
Ex 32:11-34:10

You might notice that the 10th of Tevet (beginning Thursday night at sundown) is labeled as a fast day.  The fast is a minor fast in Judaism.  The rabbis have concluded that no food or drink should be partaken of from just before sunrise on Friday morning until sunset Friday night.  This is to mourn the start of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II, which led to the destruction of Solomon’s Temple.  This is what the extra reading is for (Ex 32:11-34:10).

Week 52

Memory Verse: Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore, be zealous and repent.

256   12/21  Monday:         Revelation 2
257   12/22  Tuesday:        Revelation 3
258   12/23  Wednesday:   Revelation 19:6-20
259   12/24  Thursday:       Revelation 21
* 260 12/25  Friday:            Revelation 22

Today we are concluding our third round of F-260.  About 2 chapters a day following the chronological order of the Bible narrative.  On Monday, we will begin again in Genesis 1 (for the 4th time) as a congregation, reading through the Bible.  We read five days a week (Monday – Friday) for 52 weeks.  It equals 260 daily readings.  This year we will use the Thursday reading as our text for the Shabbat Bible study class and as a primary text for the message.

At the same time, we are now reading Lars Enarson’s “Daily Bread,” which is a 7 days a week plan that is not chronological, but a methodical way of reading the entire Bible in a year.  Lars starts by following the rabbinical Torah reading.

Rabbi Trail:  The rabbis have broken the Torah (5 Books of Moses) into 54 portions.  Each of those portions is broken up into 7 Aliyahs.  With Lars’ plan, we read one Aliyah per day.  Note: There are only 52 weeks in a secular year.  In the Jewish year, about 1/3 of the time there is a year with a leap month (13 months).  It is very involved, but the result is that some portions are coupled with other portions in different years and there are some extra portions each year for holidays, depending on how the holidays fall in the week.  End RT.

Lars’ reading plan also is broken down into 5 sections which allows for many parts of the Bible to be read more than once a year.  It is really quite excellent.

I don’t have a “Question of the Day” today.  My observation is that it seems like everyone knows how to take Christmas Eve off (or shutter their business).  Someday, this will be what happens every Friday night, as we all observe the start of the Sabbath Day in the kingdom of God.

Beyond that, we’ve got a “White Christmas” in Knoxville.  I believe this is the 5th time in the last 125 years.  I’m attaching the Shomair calendars for January and February.  Please take note of them.  There is a lot happening.

Silent night, holy night.  Shabbat Shalom my friends.

Revelation 22:18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his share in the Tree of Life and the Holy City, which are written in this book. 20 The One giving testimony to these things says, “Yes! I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua! 21 May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!

The End