Feast of Tabernacles 2018 .  .  .

Sunday Evening, September 23 - Monday, October 1

Appropriate Dress & Conduct

"Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.        ESV Deuteronomy 16:16

This verse has often been used to point out the obligation one might have to give an offering during the festivals, and to some degree this is correct.  According to the scriptures, one is obligated to bring for an offering his firstborn animals as well as the redemption money for his strongs 7200firstborn children (Exodus 34:20).  But bringing an offering is not all that verse has to say.  The phrase "appear before the LORD" is used twice in this scripture . . . an indication that this is important to YHVH.  The words "appear before" are derived from the Hebrew phrase "yeraeh et-peneh" ( יֵרָאֶה אֶת־פְּנֵי ).  The word "yeraeh" comes fstrongs 7200rom the root word "ra'ah" which means to see, look at, and inspect.  "Peneh" means  face or presence, and implies being in front of. Combining both words into this phrase, you arrive at the meaning "to be seen in the face of".  In other words, at the festivals, YHVH is looking strait at us . . . we're the center of His attention!  Quite a sobering thought!

What does that mean for us?  Are we to appear before God like a platoon of soldiers standing before a drill sergeant waiting for inspection?  I don't think that's the intent.  Instead, I believe that when we come to the festivals, YHVH is inspecting our progress - our maturity - as we learn how to become pleasing to Him, - our future 'husband'  (Isaiah 62:10; Rev. 21:2; Matt. 22:11).  He's not only inspecting how we are dressed, He's checking to see if we have matured since last year's festival . . . He's seeing if we've grown in those two "great" commandments - to love YHVH, and to love each other, our 'neighbor'.

How do we exhibit love toward YHVH and love toward our neighbor - and more specifically, how do we do it at the festival?  Said differently, how do we know that our actions are pleasing to YHVH and to our neighbor?  Simply taking the time off from work and 'pleasing' definitionschool in order to observe (to the best of our ability) one of His festivals is obviously a way to show our love for YHVH.  Other ways include how we honor Him at the festival.  Is our appearance that of one who is excited about the prospect of being a participant at the Wedding of the Messiah?  Are we determined to be on time for the wedding, or are we going to arrive half way through the ceremony?  While under the wedding canopy do we stand with the groom, or do we sit and expect Him to come down to us?  These all convey our attitude toward the one we hope to someday join in marriage.

What about loving our neighbor . . . since we are "guests" in our neighbor's home for these eight days, are we going to honor our hosts? Are we going to do what's pleasing to them - making them glad that they invited us, or are we going to be a "thorn in their flesh", disregarding the "rules of the house", and possibly even bringing shame on the hosts and their home?

With these thoughts in mind, let me share with you our 'house rules' . . . what we consider pleasing or displeasing while you are guests in our "home" at Season of Our Joy.

Appropriate Conduct for Season of Our Joy

Things that are Pleasing Things that are Displeasing

• Being on time for meetings, activities, and to perform your service obligations

• Watching your children, making sure you know where they are and what they're doing

• Being courteous to others by observing the 'Quiet Hours' between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM

• Leaving your pets at home.

• Following the Ami Yisrael tradition of standing (unless physically unable) during the Praise and Worship portion of our Main Sessions

• Pitching in where needed, even though it's not one of your assigned tasks

• Covering your alcohol outside your habitation

• Having a Happy face

• Not Registering for SOOJ in a timely manner

• Continuing to talk and fellowship after the music has started during the Praise and Worship portion of our Main Sessions

• Not cleaning up after yourself in the Fellowship Hall, bathhouses, and around the camp.

• Bringing pets to the Shiloh Camp

• Holding meetings that have not been sanctioned by SOOJ Why Button

• Inviting others to the festival that have not registered with SOOJ

• Promoting yours or another person's business or ministry anytime during the 8 days of the festival

• Being irresponsible in your use of alcohol

Appropriate Dress for Season of Our Joy

Things that are Pleasing Things that are Displeasing
In the Main Sessions and the Torah Study

Men and Teen-age boys -

• Slacks, "nice" jeans  , nice "dressy" shirt, socks, shoes; optional items: coat, tie, tallit, head covering

Men and Teen-age boys

• Faded, ragged, or torn jeans, shorts, t-shirts, shirts not tucked in (unless designed to be worn that way), shirts with writing on them (other than an embroidered logo)

Women and Teen-age girls -

• Skirts or dresses (knee length or greater), nice dress slacks (especially if covered with a skirt or tunic to make it appear that you're wearing a skirt), nice blouse, shoes; optional items: - coat, tallit, head covering

Women and Teen-age girls -

• Any "form" fitting pant or shirt, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, shirts with writing on them (other than an embroidered logo), low cut blouses, blouses that expose the midriff

• If you are dancing . . . any blouse that would be revealing if bending over

At Other Times and Events

Men and Teen-age boys -

• Dress nicely, but appropriately for the occasion. 

Men and Teen-age boys -

• Bare midriff or chest, short shorts, tight bathing suit, shirts with offensive graphics, cross-dressing.

Women and Teen-age girls -

• Dress nicely, but appropriately for the occasion. 

Women and Teen-age girls -

• Any "form" fitting pant or shirt, low cut blouses, blouses that expose the midriff, short skirts, short shorts, two-piece bathing suits, shirts with offensive graphics, cross-dressing

• If you are dancing . . . any blouse that would be revealing if bending over

Note that the above does not necessarily represent what we consider 'modest'.  It is simply our 'house rules'. Please do your part in making the festival enjoyable for everyone. If you have any questions or concerns about what we consider to be Appropriate Dress or Conduct, please contact us BEFORE you register to attend Season of Our Joy.         page linkModesty >>

SOOJ and Alcohol

SOOJ is pleased to announce that the 'responsible' use of alcolhol IS permitted at this year's festival at Camp Shiloh.   With that said, we  ask that you follow these guidelines in regards to the consumption of alcohol.

  • cover your alcoholic beverage container  while outside your premises

  • refrain from using alcohol shortly before or while participating in any water activity

Texas Law states that a person must be at least 21 years old to consume alcohol in Texas unless that person is in the visible presence of his/her parent or guardian while consuming an alcoholic beverage

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