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(92) Nothing is Permanent… And THAT’S a Reason to Celebrate

As David and Scott prepare for the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles – Sukkot – they discuss the apparent paradox that the holiday is called “The Season of Our Gladness,” while it simultaneously conveys the message that nothing is permanent. Can those two thoughts work together? You better believe it – and you will, after listening to today’s episode.

(Morning Drive Bible will release some older episodes during the holiday; we will be back with new episodes after Sukkot, starting Wednesday, October 23rd.)

(91) Thoughts in Preparation for Yom Kippur

As we prepare to experience the sacred day of Yom Kippur, David and Scott discuss the definition of repentance, the liturgy of the Day of Atonement, and the deeper meaning behind the shofar blasts that are blown at Yom Kippur’s conclusion. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life!

(90) THE DEADLINE

On Wednesday, Jews around the world will celebrate the Day of Atonement. But Jewish tradition states that G-d forgives us whenever we turn to Him in heartfelt repentance. Why, then, is there a Day of Atonement at all? Join David and Scott to learn one of the secrets of Yom Kippur.

(89) Days of Mourning Become Days of Feasting. Why?

The Bible states that the four fasts that commemorate tragic events in Jewish history will one day be days of feasting. It’s one thing to say that we won’t dwell on the bad stuff; but why celebrate on those days? Join David and Scott to find out.

(88) The Fast of Gedaliah – What Is It?

Today is the Fast of Gedaliah – a Biblical fast not mandated by the Torah. What is it, why do Jews fast on this date, and what does it teach us about how we should behave?

(87) Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year or the World’s New Year?

When David and Scott wish our listeners a shana tova – a good (not only happy) new year – are they talking only to Jews or to all of mankind? Is Rosh Hashanah a holiday for Jews or for the entire world? Join Morning Drive Bible to find out!

 

(Please note that Morning Drive Bible will not be released next Monday and Tuesday, which is Rosh Hashanah; we will resume broadcasting on Wednesday morning.)

(86) The Shofar and the Unity of the Jewish People

The Torah mandates that we blow the shofar only nine times – that is, nine shofar blasts – on Rosh Hashanah; but the Jewish people universally blow at least thirty, and usually many more. Where does this tradition come from, and what does it reveal about the unity of Israel?

(85) The Shofar and the Binding of Isaac

The ram’s horn – shofar – that Jews blow on Rosh Hashanah evokes a sense of weeping or sighing. But it also reminds us of the Abraham’s almost-sacrifice of Isaac. Join David and Scott to find out more.

(84) Symbolic Foods on Rosh Hashanah – and the New England Patriots

Many Jewish families have a custom to eat symbolic foods at night on Rosh Hashanah, but Scott and his family have their own tradition that mystifies New Yorker David. Does Bob Kraft owe the Patriots’ success to a Jewish family in Beit Shemesh, Israel? Listen in to find out.

(83) Asking Forgiveness From Our Friends

In the Jewish tradition, it’s not enough to ask G-d to forgive us; we also must ask our friends whom we’ve wronged to forgive us, as well. Where do we see this idea in the Bible – and how does it relate to The West Wing? Join David and Scott to find out.