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Go to the store and buy a novel. Now, thumb through it and read a few passages. Now tell us what the book is about, who the main characters are, how they interact with each other, how the plot builds and how it ends.

You can't, can you?

Well, that's exactly what many do when it comes to the Bible! The Refiner's Fire receives endless questions and challenges from people who ultimately admit they have never read the whole Bible - yet, they feel qualified to challenge those who have.

Now, isn't that just plain silly?

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General studies and information

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God's days and times....

Paganism and pagan origins of some American religious holidays:

Miscellaneous:

Free calendars, Siddurs & Pesach Seder:

The Feasts/Appointed Times of YHWH:

Please note we use the 2021, 2022 calendar based on the actual sun, moon, and stars; not the traditional Jewish calendar which is based on an "average moon", and rabbinical additions and changes. [Clicking link will download the calendar.] (See basic explanation here. Direct calendar questions to Calendar@therefinersfire.org.) In the table below, if the traditional calendar date differed from ours, the "Traditional" column would reflect that date. (Note also this table is designed for display in HTML and will not display properly as plain text.)

You can also find other free downloadable items for the entire year, in addition to the calendar cited above, on this Articles and Scripture Studies page! Just look above until you see "Free calendars, Siddurs & Pesach Seder".

High Holy Days for 2021:

Festival
Hebrew Cal
Dates 2021
Traditional
Passover*
Late Afternoon of Nisan 14
Late Afternoon of Sat, 27 Mar*
Late Afternoon of Sat, 27 Mar*
Feast of
Matzah*
Nisan 15-21
Sun, 28 Mar to
Sat, 3 Apr
Sun, 28 Mar to
Sat, 3 Apr
First Fruits
Nisan 16
Mon, 29 Mar
Mon, 29 Mar
Shavuot
Always 6 Sivan**
(5 Sivan), Mon, 17 May
(6 Sivan) Mon, 17 May
Yom Teruah
1 Tishri
Wed, 8 Sep
Tue, 7 Sep
Yom Kippur
10 Tishri
Fri, 17 Sep***
Thu, 16 Sep
Sukkot
15-22 Tishri
Wed, 22 Sep to
Wed,29 Sep
Tue, 21 Sep to
Tue, 28 Sep

The traditional Jewish calendar for 2021 (which is entirely calculated by "rules") is very close to our calendar which is based on the actual sun and moon. The reason for the one-day difference beginning at Yom Teruah is due to the "rules" of "postponement" since the rabbis won't allow Yom Kippur to fall on a Friday or a Sunday.

* Note: Passover is actually only one day, which begins in the late afternoon of the 14th of Nisan. While the celebration of Passover continues after sunset the 14th, the Feast of Matzah (Unleavened Bread) begins that same afternoon (Exodus 12:18) and continues for the week. The term "Passover" is sometimes used to describe the whole week including the Feast of Matzah.

** Note: The traditional Jewish calendar always has Shavuot on the 6th of Sivan, by "rule", while this year Shavuot is actually on the 5th of Sivan by the "real" moon. (We retain this note so readers will be aware that it is possible for Shavuot to fall on the 5th, 6th, or 7th of Sivan, if either of the preceding 2 months, (Nisan or Iyar), requires a 30th day, or if both preceding months are only 29 days! This can happen when actually using the moon to determine the beginning of the month rather than by a "computation" using averages. The traditional Jewish calendar "requires" Shavuot to fall on the 6th regardless what the moon indicates and does so by "forcing" one month of 29 days and the other of 30 days in the two months preceding Shavuot every year. )

*** Note: Notice that even though the calendars match before September, suddenly, in September, they differ by one day - why? It is because the traditional, rabbinic calendar of Judaism won't allow Yom Kippur to fall on a Friday! So they change the beginning of the month of Tishri to match their "rules" rather than obey YHWH's rules.

(Neither our calendar nor the traditional calendar of Judaism rely on the the "Sighted Moon". The "Sighted Moon" calendar will nearly always differ from both the traditional calendar and this calendar because it does not begin the 1st day of the new month until the moon is well over a day old by the time it is "sighted". Similarly, neither our calendar nor the traditional calendar of Judaism determine the 1st day of the new month as the day of the conjunction as some calendars advocate. Indeed, our calendar recognizes that sighting the new crescent moon is (and was historically) only a confirmation/sanctification that the new month had already begun. Unfortunately, the idea that the new month began only upon sighting the new crescent morphed over time into "the way it was" done, and that is pretty much what people read about since few have actually ever looked into the issue, or actually watched the moon.)

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