For many, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year. It is a day of repentance, and is often referred to as the Day of Atonement. Chapter 16 of Leviticus addresses this High Holy Day in great detail. Beginning in verse 29, the Lord instructs the people of God to keep this as a statute forever.
“This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It is a sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever. And the priest, who is anointed and consecrated to minister as priest in his father’s place, shall make atonement, and put on the linen clothes, the holy garments; then he shall make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tabernacle of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. This shall be an everlasting statute for you, to make atonement for the children of Israel, for all their sins, once a year.’ And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.”—Leviticus 16: 29-34
This is a special time of corporate repentance, making amends in the areas where we have sinned throughout the previous year.
Traditionally, before this time of fasting and prayer begins, families will receive a honey cake, as a symbol of hope for the coming year. A festive meal is served and then each member of the family is immersed in a mikvah. This is also a time to give extra to charity. Later that evening, a pre-fast meal is eaten, and blessing over the children is spoken. At sundown the first of five prayers is spoken, with the rest given throughout the following day. The book of Jonah is also read during this time of repentance.
Although it is a time of sorrow, there is much underlying joy, as Believers understand that we serve an ever-forgiving God who desires to show us mercy and forgiveness when we return to Him.
At the closing of the Yom Kippur day of fasting, the Shema is recited:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!”—Deuteronomy 6:4
And a wonderful feast is served in celebration for the atonement of sin.
As we at Curt Landry Ministries prepare for this key time of the year, we invite you to consider adding one of our special projects to your list of charitable gifts.
Not only will your gift monetarily bless the nation of Israel, but also will stand as an ever-present reminder that they are not alone!
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Each year the proceeds of sales from the olive products from your tree will be given back into the nation of Israel, via various humanitarian aid projects. These projects will help feed and take care of the underprivileged children in Israel.
Join US in Rebuilding the Garden of the Kings. The Kidron Valley, also called the “Valley of the Kings” and the “Garden of the Kings,” is an ancient area located on the eastern side of Jerusalem. This valley where the kings of old, as well as Yeshua, once walked, is teeming with history, excitement, and anticipation of His return.
Restoring the Seven Species of Israel according to Deuteronomy 8:7-8—bringing back these five trees and two grains in the Kidron Valley between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives, and preparing the King’s Valley for the return of the King is a most exciting opportunity. This is not just about fulfilling Bible prophecy, but it is about an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love and promise by saying to Jerusalem, “I will not forget you!”
Your gift of $150 to Curt Landry Ministries will help sustain the care of over 6500 abused and neglected children living in Safe Houses throughout Israel.
Support Israeli soldier’s families in need. These soldiers are protecting Jerusalem and all of Israel 24/7, and we are showing our love and support by providing monthly grocery provisions for their struggling parents and young siblings. Your gift will help remove the burden!
Their entire life has been a struggle, and they deserve to be recognized for their courage. At Curt Landry Ministries, it is our honor and obligation to provide for these brave men and women in their latter years—physically, spiritually, and emotionally.