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Practical Ways to Observe the Fall Feasts: Family Style

Fall is approaching fast which means the Biblical Fall Feasts are right around the corner. If you’re new to observing the feasts, click here to read more about them. If you’re not so new but looking for practical ways to observe them with your family then keep reading.

A few years ago when we first started getting in touch with our Hebrew heritage, we had no idea what we were doing. Fast forward to today and we’re still navigating the roads between Truth and tradition and ensuring that we are doing what Scripture says. Our family has also grown by two more kiddos since pursuing Torah, so that has been interesting in and of itself.

When it comes to understanding what Scripture says to do, it’s not so hard when you have proper context. Majority of us who are pursuing Torah have similar backgrounds of being told that certain laws and commandments were done away with – so why attempt to follow them?

Without going off on a tangent, the simply answer is because YHVH said so and it is what sets His people apart… plus they are a blessing, and we’ll be doing them in the Millennial Reign… so why not?!

So let’s talk about how to teach our kiddos about these amazing appointed times, rally together some reliable resources, and get ready to have a Spirit-filled feast season.

Before going into detail about each individual Fall feast, something you can be sure to do is read Scripture about each feast. Gather together on the couch and read the Word together!

Yom Teruah

Scripture says in Leviticus 23:24-25 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh new moon, on the first day of the new moon, you have a rest, a remembrance of Teruah, a set-apart gathering. You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to YHVH.” I won’t get into why we don’t do sacrifices today, but I will say that we still observe this day by not working and gathering with others (if able).

Teruah literally means soundings, by instrument or human voice so you can imagine how fun (and loud) this Holy Day can be.

Below are some resources to help teach about and observe this feast day:

Yom Kippur

Scripture says in Leviticus 23:27 “On the tenth day of this seventh new moon is Yom HaKippurim. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to YHVH.” This passage also goes on to describe how to set this day apart: no work. There are also various ways people have attempted to describe “afflict your beings” but we choose to use this day to fast from food and reflect on teshuva (repentance).

Yom HaKippurim means Day of Atonement or Day of the Coverings so spending this day in total reflection and observation of how one can follow YHVH’s instructions is a day well spent.

Below are some resources to help teach about and observe this feast day:

  • Use these free Atonement activity pages by Bible Pathway Adventures (did we already say they’re our fave)
  • This is a neat song that my kiddos love that relates the story of Jonah to Yom Kippur
  • Enjoy this lapbook by Anna Matrix

One of my sis’s-in-Yah (thanks Marciea) gave me the idea of having each family member (for those old enough to understand) go to their own place to pray alone. She also suggested a dream board and/or writing down prayers, reflections, goals, etc. So to help your older kiddos (and you) reflect throughout this day, I created a mini reflection journal that includes pages for writing down specific prayers, things to reflect on and repent from, goal setting, dreams/plans, and Scripture study. Don’t just use this for Yom Kippur! 🙂

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Festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

In Leviticus 23:34-44 we read about the Festival of Sukkot being observed on the fifteenth day of the seventh new moon and celebrated for seven days. This passage also sheds more light on the how-to: first day is a set-apart gathering with no work, last day is a set-apart gathering with no work, and dwell in booths (tents) for the seven days.

Some people have the amazing privilege to be off work the entire week and camp out with like-minded believers. Our first year of observing this we camped out at a lake and had an amazing time with our little family (just 5 of us at the time).

Below are some resources to help teach about and observe this feast day:

Don’t forget the FOOD

One thing that is well-known with Feast Day celebrations is the FEAST! Cooking big meals is common and expected. The few times we have had the privilege of observing feast days with others, none of them lacked in food.

Check out this YouTube playlist of clean eating recipes for feast days and beyond!

K.I.S.S.

Simply put – keep it simple sweety. Don’t over complicate it! Scripture reminds us that YHVH’s commands are not too hard, and they are not far off. Try not to get caught up in finding out how to do it perfectly, or keeping up with how someone else is doing it. Do the best you can and remember why you’re doing it in the first place – to obey our Heavenly Father.

CHIME IN: Do you have some practice Feast Day tips to share?! Please share them in the comments below!!

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2 thoughts on “Practical Ways to Observe the Fall Feasts: Family Style”

  1. I was just wondering if you have a printable version of this post. I would love to print it to go along with our journal. Thanks

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