Questions and Answers About the Biblical Holidays of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles

Questions and Answers on the Biblical Holidays of the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and the Feast of Tabernacles | Land of Honey

These are questions I frequently am asked about the Biblical holidays of the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and the Feast of Tabernacles. These are also known as the fall feasts because they happen in early autumn in the northern parts of the world. I am a believer in Messiah and do my best to answer questions based on what the Bible says and not man's traditions.

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I'm getting a good understanding of Yom Teruah, but Sukkot still confuses me a bit.Keep learning! During Sukkot/Tabernacles we set up tents or traditional sukkahs as a reminder that one day the Messiah will return and tabernacle with us once again!See this post about what Sukkot is and why we should celebrate it.


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Biblical Simple beginner ways to acknowledge and celebrate?

Start with putting these holidays on your calendar. Host a dinner party or Bible study to discuss and celebrate these special times. Don't worry about man's traditions - read through Scripture and see what it says.

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How do I start? I have never done this and the rest of my family celebrates traditional holidays.

Start with what's doable for you. How about making a plan for a special dinner on the feast days? Make it festive with decorations and music. Light candles or get out your fancy dishes. Talk about the significance of these holidays and what they mean.

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What do we eat?

Make things that you enjoy and will look forward to. If there's a time to pull out the stops, and make great food it's during YHWH's feasts!

Apples and honey are traditionally eaten at Yom Teruah and stuffed foods at Sukkot. But these are just traditional and are completely optional. I find myself eating a lot of campfire foods and grilled things during Sukkot. It also makes sense to take advantage of what's in season for you as Sukkot is a harvest festival. Garden vegetables like tomatoes, squash, aubergines, and peppers are great at this time of year.

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When you first started celebrating the feasts did you make it grandiose?

Not at all. The first time I celebrated each I felt like I was struggling to get through the basics. I didn't know a single person who kept these holidays and couldn't find so much as a picture online of what these days were supposed to look like. So if that's where you're at know that you aren't alone and that it really does become sooo much easier each year!

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What are the traditional fast days?

Yom Kippur is the set apart time where believers traditionally fast.

If you have never fasted before, set yourself up for success with a little practice beforehand. Skip breakfast and see how that goes. Try it a few times to get used to it. It will be significantly easier to fast for a day if you're used to fasting a meal here and there!

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What does Yom Kippur look like with three young kids?

Get them involved! Read Bible stories and do crafts together. Talk about the special times and what they mean. Kids are not expected to fast. If you're fasting plan a special meal with them to break your fast with. They will see what you're doing and learn from your example.

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How do you celebrate this day in your church?

My church has a potluck dinner for most of the feast days.

During Sukkot we rent a campsite at a state park, etc. We have a message, share a meal, and hangout around the campfire. There's also swimming, hiking, and playgrounds for anyone who wants to enjoy those!

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How can I keep them when my husband isn't on board?

Do what YOU can. Take the no-work days off and go somewhere you can pray, worship, and study. See if a friend wants to join in. Look over the instructions for each holiday and incorporate what you can.

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Tips for keeping the feast when living at home and parents don't agree?

Invite them to participate with you but don't make it your job to convince them of this. Continue to honor them and be respectful as you set an example of keeping the feasts. Maybe they don't want the living room decorated but can you still decorate in your room? Maybe they wouldn't appreciate a shofar blasting all day long, but can you put on some worship music they like? Focus on what you can do! If you want to invite them to do something with you make sure you are in charge of it (make the food, lead the study, etc.). Make plans for worship, study, and joy during these times. Get out of the house if need be.

Praying they are drawn to more of his truth as they see you honor the Creator in this way!

Questions and Answers about Yom Teruah and the fall Bible holidays | Land of Honey


What's your family doing this year?

Excited for a congregational Yom Teruah celebration at a lake this year! There will be a potluck, message, time to enjoy creation, and discussion of how YHWH is working in everyone's lives right now.

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How should I celebrate them if I am alone in my faith?

Find joy in these special times even if it's private. Maybe see about going to a lovely lake or park area for quiet time with YHWH. Have a dance party to worship music by yourself! Make a special meal or dessert. Rest and enjoy this time.

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Is the tent on Sukkot optional?

Leviticus 23:42 says that we should dwell in temporary shelters. People handle this verse in a variety of ways. Some go tent camping or stay in an RV or cabin. Others put up some sort of sukkah outside and just eat meals in it.

Pray and see what the Creator is calling you to!

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I've always wondered about staying in a camper/RV. It seems a tent may be more appropriate.

I mean a tent is definitely going to be closer to how the Israelites lived in the desert. But I applaud anyone making an effort at a temporary shelter during the Feast of Tabernacles!

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Should we still offer sacrifices?

If you are a believer in the Messiah then no animal sacrifice is needed! More on that in this post.

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Minimalist supplies on a budget - what can we make or thrift?

Pretty much anything! Greenery from your yard is festive and free. Decorates with apples, pumpkins, etc. and enjoy them later. Thrifted curtains are an inexpensive way to make an unconventional sukkah. Use pretty dishes, candles, and tablecloths that you already have. Inexpensive balloons and streamers add a lot of festivity to a space.

If you have a menorah the feasts are the perfect time to light it up!

Also check out free printables from my blog and Torah Sisters.

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Where can I find feast printables?

We fall for the fall feasts.

Happy Yom Teruah!

Yom Teruah printable card.

Ephesians 1:7 Printable for Yom Kippur.

Palm Frond, Myrtle, Citron, and Willow.

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Any books you'd recommend for perspectives on how to begin?

Edward Chumney's The Seven Festivals of the Messiah was so eye-opening to me when I was learning about these set apart times. He shares historic and prophetic significance of each feast as well as practical ideas for your celebrations.

Questions and Answers about the Biblical Holidays of Tabernacles, Yom Teruah, and Yom Kippur - resources for kids | Land of Honey


Books for kids?

Definitely would recommend The Special Days by Danielle Kerr!

Questions and Answers about the Biblical Holidays of Tabernacles, Yom Teruah, and Yom Kippur - resources for kids | Land of Honey


Favorite Messianic resources to teach/involve young kids?

Bible Pathway Adventures has some great stuff for kids!

Questions and Answers about the Biblical Holidays of Tabernacles, Yom Teruah, and Yom Kippur - prayers and blessings | Land of Honey


Do you do traditional prayers and blessings?

I do not. Unfortunately many of the traditional blessings contain Biblical untruths (such as YHWH commanding candles to be lit on the Sabbath and Yom Kippur, no such instruction is found in Scripture). Traditional blessings and prayers can be lovely guidelines, but make sure what you're saying fits with your best understanding of what Scripture says!

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I know it's not a feast but do you observe Hanukkah as well?

I personally do not. It's easier for my family and friends to accept that I don't do Christmas because it's not in the Bible, if I'm not doing other holidays that aren't in Scripture. More on that in this post.

Questions and Answers about the Biblical Holidays of Tabernacles, Yom Teruah, and Yom Kippur - how to share with others | Land of Honey


How do you share with others about the Biblical holidays?

I find that sharing my experiences with the set apart times and how many faith has grown because of them puts people at ease.

Most people are receptive to the historic and prophetic significance of the feasts, and these topics tend to spark interest rather than debate or offense.

Try starting from these angles, rather than a message of "you're doing faith wrong," or cultural holidays being pagan. Sharing the facts and personal joys offers opportunity for them to learn more, rather than just hearing they are doing something else wrong.

Related posts:
The Beginner's Guide to the Biblical Holidays
Honoring Yom Kippur as a Believer in Messiah
8 Things Scripture Says About the Feast of Tabernacles

Feast of Tabernacles Events for Believers in Messiah - 2021

Feast of Tabernacles events for believers in Messiah 2021 | Land of Honey



Here is a list of celebrations for the Feast of Tabernacles happening this year in 2021! Celebrating the Biblical holidays with others is truly a special opportunity and if you're looking for an event near you hopefully you can find one here. Sukkot is an eight day celebration, and many of these last for the duration. Even if you have to travel or can only make a a day or two I would encourage you to do what you can to worship the Creator with others during this special time.

Please note: I am not familiar with each ministry or all the people responsible for these Tabernacle events. People celebrate the Biblical holidays in a variety of ways, so reach out and contact the organizers ahead of time if you have specific questions about what that will look like. I simply want to give people the option of connecting with others through this list.

Feast of Tabernacles events 2021:

Great Hebrew Awakening Sukkot
September 19 - 22
Oxford, North Carolina

Sukkot of the Rockies
September 19 - October 1
Fountain, Colorado

Feast of Tabernacles: Fire on the Altar
September 20 - 27
Bradenton, Florida

Tabernacles Jekyll Island
September 20 - 27
Jekyll Island, Georgia

Feast of Tabernacles Montana
September 20 - 28
Hungry Horse, Montana

Sukkot YES
September 20 - 28
Amery, Wisconsin

Midwest Sukkot: The Rehearsal
September 20 - 28
Manson, Iowa

Grafted Together Sukkot
September 20 - 28
Sunset, South Carolina

Founded in Truth Fellowship Sukkot
September 20 - 28
Casar, North Carolina

COGNJ Feast of Tabernacles
September 20-28
Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania

Feast of Tabernacles Virginia
September 20 - 28
Spotsylvania, Virginia

Brazos Bereans Tabernacles
September 20 - 28
Glen Rose, Texas

The Father's Call Feast of Tabernacles
September 20 - 28
St. George, Utah

Feast of Tabernacles Rapid City
September 20-28
Rapid City, South Dakota

Feast of the Nations Sukkot
September 20 - 29
High Springs, Florida

Sukkot Shalom
September 20 - 29
Wall Walla, Washington

Choose Life Sukkot
September 20 - 29
Coffeville, Mississippi

Revive House of Messiah Sukkot
September 20 - 29
Medina, Texas

Ohope Sukkot 2021: Kinship
September 20 - 29
Ohope Beach, New Zealand

Sukkot 2021 Immersions
September 21
Oxford, Michigan

Tabernacles 2021
September 21 - 28
Gladwin, Michigan

Feast of Tabernacles WA
September 21 - 28
Mandurah WA, Australia

Sukkot NC
September 21 - 30
Triangle, Virginia

Feast of Tabernacles Eau Claire
September 21 - 30
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Sh'ar Hashamayim Sukkot
September 22
Stouhton, Massachusetts 

Idaho Sukkot Campmeeting
September 22 - 27
Stanley, Idaho

Solel Fellowship Sukkot
September 22 - 29
Charlotte, Michigan

Yahweh's Restoration Ministries Feast of Tabernacles
September 22 - 29
Holt's Summit, Missouri

Lion and Lamb Ministries Tabernacles
September 22 - 30
Chandler, Oklahoma

B'nai Israel Messianic Assembly Sukkot
September 22 - 30
Kellyville, Oklahoma

Truth on the Web Feast of Tabernacles 2021
September 22 - 30
Hardin, Kentucky

EliYah Ministries Feast of Tabernacles
September 22 or 23 - 29 or 30
Steelville, Missouri

Safe Haven Sukkot Conference
September 22 - October 1
Orosi, California

House of David Ministries Sukkot Celebration
September 24
Fairland, Oklahoma

Assembly of Yahweh Feast of Tabernacles
September 23 - 29
Eaton, Michigan

Restoring His Way Feast of Sukkot
September 23 - 30  
Wewoka, Oklahoma

Messiah's New Life Tabernacle Sukkot
September 23 - 30
Avilla, Indiana

Torah to the Tribes Sukkot
October 5 - 10
Stayton, Oregon

Feast of Tabernacles Celebration
October 21 or 22 - 28 or 29
Tampa Bay, Florida

Do you know of a Sukkot gathering not listed here? Let me know below!

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Noisemaker Craft for the Feast of Trumpets

Easy noisemaker craft for the Biblical holiday of Yom Teruah | Land of Honey


This is an easy craft to make for Yom Teruah! Since this Biblical holiday is also known as the Feast of Trumpets and Day of Sounding and there's much emphasis on worshipping YHWH with a joyful noise, why not make some noisemakers for kids to have fun with?

Easy printable noisemaker craft for Yom Teruah and the Feast of Trumpets | Land of Honey

What you'll need:

Paper plates
Dry beans or something similar
Stapler
Happy Yom Teruah and Make a joyful noise printables - totally optional, you can always just let kids decorate
Markers
Glue
Any other decorations you might want

Easy printable noisemaker craft for Yom Teruah and the Feast of Trumpets | Land of Honey

Step 1: Take two paper plates and add a handful of dry beans to one. You could also use something like pop tabs or wooden beads, whatever you have on hand should work just fine.

Easy printable noisemaker craft for Yom Teruah and the Feast of Trumpets | Land of Honey

Step 2: Place the second paper plate on top of the first, so that the bottom sides are both facing out. Staple around the entire thing.

Easy printable noisemaker craft for Yom Teruah and the Feast of Trumpets | Land of Honey

Step 3: decorate! If you're using the printables, you can cut those out and glue or tape them to your noisemaker. Color them in if you wish. Otherwise you can write your own verse or saying, color, add glitter, and attach streamers to your heart's content.

Easy printable noisemaker craft for Yom Teruah and the Feast of Trumpets | Land of Honey

There you have it. This is not a complicated craft at all! But be warned these are plenty loud. Toss in a handful of cotton balls with the dry beans to mitigate the noise a bit if you'd like. Otherwise have kids play outside with these or just welcome the noise!

Easy printable noisemaker craft for Yom Teruah and the Feast of Trumpets | Land of Honey

Have a very blessed Feast of Trumpets!

Easy noisemaker craft for the Biblical holiday of Yom Teruah | Land of Honey


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What the Bible Means When It Talks About Clean Eating

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What does it mean when the Bible talks about clean eating?

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Scripture forbids us from eating certain animals. In order to eat Biblically clean we need to avoid those animals.

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This is why Daniel refused to eat meat in Babylon, why the Messiah fed people clean foods like fish and bread, and why Peter never ate anything unclean.

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We are to eat this way, not because we have to earn salvation, but out of a desire to honor the Creator with the choices that we make.

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If you eat or drink you are called to do so in a way that glorifies the Living God.

More on clean eating:
Understanding Mark 7:19 and the Messiah Declaring All Foods Clean
A Hebraic Perspective on Peter's Vision
How to Eat Biblically Clean