1. CHOL HA’MOED
We have entered Chol ha-Mo’ed (the ‘ch’ pronounced as that in “Bach”). Mo’ed is a ‘set or appointed time.’ While chol is sometimes translated ‘profane’, it more often refers to that which is ‘common’ or ‘everyday’ as opposed to that which is kadosh—‘set apart’—“holy.” So Chol ha Mo’ed refers to the more-common days during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, those separating the beginning and the ending (which are ‘set apart’ as Sabbaths to the Lord, Numbers 28:17, 25).
This means that not only last Saturday but this coming Friday are Sabbaths (in effect, there will thus be two Sabbaths at the end of this week!). In between are normal workdays, although there is no school, and many businesses close early each day. It is a relaxed and restful time in Israel—the parks are overflowing, people are enjoying the lovely spring weather (while continuing to eat matzo!).
Ezra 6:22 and II Chronicles 30:21 speak of times when returned exiles celebrated these seven days with great joy “for the LORD had caused them to rejoice”, and “the Levites and priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD.”
PLEASE PRAY: that the Spirit of God brood over Israelis during this week; that during our “time off,” thoughts of holiness and stirrings of His Love would work in our hearts.
Pray that the LORD would cause this generation to rejoice with His Joy.
Please pray against any structures of violence which the enemy would set against Jewish families during this week of rest and fellowship together.
Lastly, please pray that Believers in the Land will be freshly anointed to “praise the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD!”
–Friends in Jerusalem