High Holy Days Practical Guide by Rabbi John

September 18, 2018

Shalom dear congregation,

As our holiest day of the year – Kol Nidrei/ Yom Kippur is here, we, at Beit Lechem Messianic Congregation, would like to give you a practical guide as to how to honor ADONAI during this and the following celebrations.

These are the designated time of ADONAI, the holy convocations you are to proclaim at their designated times. Leviticus 23:4 (CJB)

These are not ‘ordinary ‘ celebrations, therefore, we must observe them carefully.

Lets prepare our heart in prayer and introspection.
Let’s reserve the day – “Do no do any kind of ordinary work” Leviticus 23:21 (CJB).
Let’s observe these solemn and joyful celebrations before ADONAI in Yeshua.
Let’s do it in the most appropriate way to give G-d glory.
The Talmud states:”Da Lifney Mi Atah Omed” ” Know Before Whom You Stand” (Berachot 28b).

Which is a reminder of entering into a house of prayer, and conducting ourselves with proper reverence and love before G-d Almighty.

So, as a sign of reverence, love and respect to G-d in the Synagogue, Temple, or place of Worship to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we adhere to the following protocol:

We don’t drink, coffee, soda, or energetic beverages.
We don’t bring food into the Temple.
We don’t wear baseball caps.
We don’t use cell phones during services – turn it off or put it on mute.
We don’t conduct business.
We don’t dress inappropriately – Formal and casual is preferred, and modestly.

Men typically:
Wear a Kippah / A white one is preferred on Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidrei / Yom Kippur
Wear a prayer shawl – Tallit.
Wear a Kittel (White Robe) during Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidrei / Yom Kippur – But if Kittel is not available , any white or close to white garment will work.

Women typically:
Wear a head covering when lighting Shabbat candles or Yom Tov candles. It also applies when reading liturgical portions, and during prayer.
Wear white garments during Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidrei / Yom Kippur – But if white color is not available, something close to white will work.

“Now I praise you because you have remembered everything I told you, and observe the traditions just the way I passed onto you” 1 Cor 11:2 (CJB)

*During Kol Nidrei/ Yom Kippur, traditionally , no leather or jewelry is worn, no cologne or perfume is worn either because of the sanctity of the day. Instead, we wear clothe shoes or plastic sandals, or flip flops.

* But don’t let any of these traditional observances be an impediment of coming into G-d’s presence; these are only physical signs of spiritual truths!

We hope you can join us on this once-a-year special occasion to celebrate forgiveness, grace, and a new beginning in Yeshua our Cohen HaGadol! (Heb 4:14-16)

John and Mora Hernandez::

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