Frequently Asked Questions
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Does everyone use the Sacred Name?
No. Some prefer to use the 4-letter name of God,
but there again, some don't. There is plenty of scripture
supporting both views. Our only requirement is that
everyone be respectful of those who don't see it their way.
Why do you follow the traditional Jewish
There are a number of views on the calendar, and
we've studied many of them. Like the case with the Sacred
Name, there's support in scripture for most views
Unfortunately, it's impossible to host the festival and support
all the various understandings. Therefore, we've decided
to support the one that we believe is most correct for the times
we find ourselves in. Here's a few reasons for our belief:
1) God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33), and to
depend on a calendar that requires sighting the new moon
(however you define 'new moon') when trying to organize an event
of this size is not practical; 2) God has called us to begin a
reconciliation process with our brother Judah. Judah has
stayed together as a people, largely because of the calendar.
We believe it would be against His wishes to automatically
alienate them from us because we, mostly newcomers to this walk,
have decided we are already smarter than them in this debate; 3)
We believe the Torah establishes a line of authority when it
comes to matters where there is little scriptural guidance.
It appears that Jesus, Paul, and the other apostles recognized
that authority and submitted to it. The calendar appears
to fit into that category; 4) we believe that it's Elijah's job
to 'restore all things', not ours.
How many people will be there?
Our new site in East Texas will only accommodate about 200 people, and we believe our site will fill up.
Why don't you take up a Holy Day Offering in accordance with
The economic system God gave Israel was agriculturally
based and designed for the people of God while they lived in the
land of Israel. In effect, there was a sharecropping
relationship between God and the farmer or the husbandman.
To put it in the simplest of terms - man was to plant the fields
and walk in God's way, God was to bless the man for planting in
faith and walking in His ways, man was to take a portion of what
God had blessed him with to the festival and give it to the
priests and Levites for their service to God in the Temple.
We do not believe that we qualify as recipients of what was
intended for the priests or Levites serving in the Temple.
There on the other hand, we do believe in 'spiritual giving,
recognizing the needs of those who labor in the word, and we
believe in common courtesy. Thus, we do have a donation box for those who
appreciate the efforts and costs we have incurred in providing
this unique opportunity to observe the festival in this setting.
Do you have a dress code?
Yes we do. We expect everyone to dress nicely and courteously
as if they are representatives of the God of Israel.
We believe that it's everyone's responsibility to be his / her
brother's keeper. By dressing and acting modestly, you enhance
the joy of the festival for everyone in attendance. For
details in regards to our festival guidelines,
Why do some people wear hats to your services?
People wear hats for various reasons. It's clear in scripture
that the Israelite priests were to wear a type of turbin (a head
covering) while performing their service in the Tabernacle and later
in the Temple. Many women wear hats as a sign to their
husbands acknowledging that they are under his covering. Many
men do so to signal the same thing - - they are under Messiah's
covering. The SOOJ leadership does not believe it's a
requirement for a man or a woman to wear a head covering, but if
that's what one wishes to do, that's fine. We do not consider
it to be disrespectful to cover your head while worshipping and
Are there any rules I would need to be aware of?
Yes their are! There are certain things we expect you to
do, and certain things we expect you to not do. Most people would
consider these rules and guidelines to be basic courtesies one would
extent to his neighbor and hosts. For more information,
How can I become a SOOJ Sukkot speaker?
SOOJ recognizes that there are a number of you who have spent hours
delving into a Biblical topic, you've connected the spiritual
"dots", and have come up with some interesting conclusions - and
Yes, we would like to hear what you have to say. Simply <CLICK HERE
> and follow the instructions
. Be sure to send your request in a separate email - not when you
register. Keep in mind that in most cases, you
must have already
to attend SOOJ before we will consider your