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Another Daddy update – holidays lessons

9 October 2011

Sep 30th was the first real “Holiday teaching day”. We did talk some about Rosh haShana at literature class already the week before, but this was the actual holiday teaching day (even if it turned out to be one day after the actual holiday). On a holiday teaching day we skip the Bible and the Social Science class, and instead we have only New Testament, Literature, and a holiday class where we talk about the holiday. The day therefore also either becomes shorter, or we have two classes about the holiday if needed.

On Sep 30th we were away, and I brought the material with me, but forgot the literature books. So there were only holiday teaching and New Testament. Luckily we had already covered most Rosh haShana stories last week.

I started with a general introduction of the holiday, and why we celebrate it, the symbols of the holiday, and we spoke of the story of Isaac and Abaraham at Moriah mountain and how it relates to Rosh haShana, and how it relates to Yeshua. I preached on this holiday two years ago in our congregation, so I did have some material to use (and at the end of the day, I took my oldest son on a more in-depht lesson and showed him the powerpoint presentation I made for the holiday.
(If you want to get deeper in the holiday, and it’s meaning, here’s a good article)

In the NT story, we talked about the calling of the disciples, the sermon on the mount, and the transfiguration.

Yesterday, on the eve of Yom Kippur, we started the day with talking about the holiday – the day of atonement. We read from Leviticus 16 on what the high priest would do on this day, and how it was all a picture of the Messiah, and tied that to Leviticus 17:11. We talked about the book of life, and also how we still need to ask for forgiveness for our sins – but the blood of the lamb has already been poured, we do not need any sacrifices. We talked about the different laws of this day, how the prayers go in the synagogue and examined the differences between our faith and the religious Jews’ faith. We saw this excellent explanation of Yom Kippur.

And then we also saw Kol Nidre – the first prayer said at the evening service on Yom Kippur Eve:

(If you want to get deeper in the holiday, and it’s meaning, here’s a good article)

In the NT lesson we talked of three important stories that all related to the Salvation, and the forgiveness of sins: The calling of Matthew (Matt 9:9-13), the adulterous woman (John 8:1-11), and the story of Nicodemus (John 3:1-21).

At the end we had literature. Two stories about Rosh haShana from last week, and then a few stories about Yom Kippur. About how the word “I’m sorry” is hard to say, and about how a bad conscience can get a life of its own and torment you, until you overcome the feelings of shame, and truly apologize. We stressed that an apology – whether to man or to God – must be from the heart, and must include a sincere regret, and a wish not to redo the sin. In the end there was also a story about a nine-year old who wanted to fast like the adults, but wasn’t able to. The moral of the story is not to fast for the sake of sports. And kids should not fast before they’ve reached Bar Mitsva age.

That’s it for this time. Now we have two weeks where I’ll teach two lessons every week. One every holiday eve (Wednesdays – 12th and 19th), and Fridays as usual (14th and 21st). There’s still Sukkot and Simchat Torah coming up! Tishrei is such an amazing holiday-packed month! Luckily it only comes once a year…

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