As a congregation Sha'ar Hashamayim has decided that we will be celebrating the Biblical feasts according to the Karaite tradition. This calendar is obviously different from the Rabbinic calendar. They best way to explain it is to post what they wrote about the difference. I hope this will clarify. We are not making this an issue of salvation or a reason to dis-fellowship with anyone. After much study and prayer, this is what we believe to be the Biblical calendar. We do our best to be obedient to what we find out to be Scriptural. This is just our attempt to be in line with the Word. It is our conviction. We put no obligation on any one. Salvation is by grace through faith in Yeshua our Messiah and always will be be. Here is the post from the Karaite website, http://www.karaites.org/purim.html.
On Saturday, April 4th at 5:00 PM, Sha'ar will be hosting our congregational Passover celebration at the Portuguese club in Stoughton. You will park in our parking lot and walk to the end of the parking lot along side of the train station to the left of you and at the end of the parking lot, Voilà! there it is. The address is the Portuguese National Club, 21 Railroad Ave, Stoughton. We are having the Passover catered again this year from Italian Kitchen. That being said, we turn no one away. We make scholarships available for those who are experiencing financial hardship. We ask that you send what you can afford. But you must let us know in advance, as soon as possible. Like last year we will not be taking payment at the door; it is too much extra work and it makes it too hard on that day to deal with money. Also, we need an exact number of people so we can order the right amount of food. So, you must register and pay in advance. All payments can be sent to Sha'ar Hashamayim 2 Canton St., Suite A21, Stoughton MA. Please make the check out to Sha'ar Hashamayim with a note stating names of people attending, as well as the ages of the children.
The price is $30 for adults from the age of 15 and up. $15 for ages 7-14, and free for ages 6 and under. Please get your payment in soon as there is limited seating, and once it is full, we will take no more registrations. Every year I have to turn someone down because there is just no more room, so don't wait to send in your registration and payment. If anyone feels led to send in an extra offering to help cover those who have financial hardship, that would also be most appreciated.
There will be a full teaching Seder and meal. There will be dancing singing and rejoicing as always. So come and join us won't you? We look forward to having you join us this year. I promise you will be blessed and grow in your faith because this wonderful teaching Passover Seder.
The Biblical Holy days found in Lev 23 are Prophetic pictures of salvation fulfilled by Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah of Israel and the world. Each and every one of them paints a perfect picture of His coming to earth bringing atonement the first time and His coming again to bring judgment. The fall feasts especially are so rich in prophetic display that all one needs to do to defend the Gospel is share the Holy days to see that picture revealed.