It seems odd that we are going through October, and the Jewish festival season is over. The three pilgrimage festivals that the Scriptures give us, Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth are all over. Our ministry held four services, three fellowships, built a Sukkah behind the congregation and enjoyed a blessed season of joy as we celebrated our forgiveness in Y’shua, our covering in God, and shared this message with many, both Jewish and not so Jewish. As busy as we were this season, we still missed many opportunities to explore these days with our Jewish people.
I try to keep up with things in the news, but, I confess, the news doesn’t encourage me to listen much. So I missed the fact that there was a really cool opportunity in Detroit to reach out and connect with the Jewish community there. Sukkah x Detroit was held in downtown Detroit and one of our donors sent me an article from the Detroit Free Press after the fact. And, while I enjoyed reading about Sukkah x Detroit, I wish I had been there! It really brings home the point that we need more help and more sharp-eyed volunteers so we can take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to connect and prayerfully share our testimony with people. If you’d like to know more about the event, go to
But the one thing on the October calendar is an important remembrance and is intimately connected with the celebration of Sukkot. Sukkot is a festival of remembering God’s provision as he drew us out of the waters of slavery in Egypt and led us through the waters to salvation, then from physical slavery and now from spiritual slavery. Yom HaAliyah is a modern holiday that begins at sundown on October 15. It is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the events of Nisan 2488, when the children of Israel crossed the Jordan and entered into the land of Israel, considered the first Aliyah in history. “Aliyah” means “ascent,” and Jewish people who emigrate to Israel, are said to be making their aliyah. It is interesting that Israel celebrates these events in Cheshvan (now) rather than Nisan (in the spring following Passsover). But it does demonstrate the close association of aliyah with God’s provision. And certainly, Israel was a place of provision for Jewish people following the Holocaust, and remains a haven today for those who experience the world’s hatred. Praise God that this place is where he shows his greatest provision, that of Messiah, Y’shua, born in Israel, and died and was resurrected there for you and me!