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The Day of Atonement is the most sacred day of the year for a Jew, usually occurring in early October. This is the only time when the priest in the times of the Bible would enter into The Holy of Holies, that sacred, inner center of the Temple.
Every day, every moment, you can be in The Holy of Holies which is your very own heart. It is your heart that best expresses who you really are. Maybe your heart is hurting; Jesus meets you there. The presence of Jesus in you through his Holy Spirit, makes you holy.
A scapegoat was a goat that was bound with all the sins of the people, then banished to the desert with the sins tied to it. We have come to use this word whenever any blames someone else for what is really not that person’s fault. Jesus was something like that. All the sins of the world we tied to Jesus on the cross. Our sins died with him! Jesus’ forgiving love is stronger than death. He shares his risen life with us.
What are these?
Cleanse my heart to worship You. v. 4
Jesus atoning for sin v. 10
Incense rising from my heart v. 12
You bear our iniquities. v. 22
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.