Biblical Holidays or the Appointed Times (Moedim)

There have been many writings, practices, and traditions on how to observe the Biblical feasts. Perosnally, I would prefer to follow what has been instructed in the Bible or in the Torah.

It is essential to understand though that many of the Biblical feasts days or appointed times (otherwise known as moedim) may require specific requirements --- such as temple sacrifices and actions to be ministered by the Levitical priesthood. Because of these requirements, we may not really be able to fully observe them today as Biblically instructed.

This is because most of these appointed times would require all or any of the following:

However, we can only memorialize or commemorate these Biblical feasts. This would mean that some, if not all, of the Bible feast days can only be done in memory of or as a remembrance of the moedim, appointed times.

Until all requirements prescirbed in the scriptures are met, we can only do these things in remembrance of the the Biblical feasts --- and not exactly observing the biblical feasts as instructed by God.

In the same way, we can commemorate these appointed times by simply doing what we think we can. I personally believe that God reads through our hearts and intentions -- specially at these times when we cannot really fulfill all the requirement in the Bible to observe these feasts.

One example I can think of is the Yom Kippur. Though we cannot bring an offering made by fire to God, we can try to refrain from work and take a rest spending the day atoning for our sins.

Leviticus 23:27-32
27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is Yom-Kippur; you are to have a holy convocation, you are to deny yourselves, and you are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai. 28 You are not to do any kind of work on that day, because it is Yom-Kippur, to make atonement for you before Adonai your God. 29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day is to be cut off from his people; 30 and anyone who does any kind of work on that day, I will destroy from among his people. 31 You are not to do any kind of work; it is a permanent regulation through all your generations, no matter where you live. 32 It will be for you a Shabbat of complete rest, and you are to deny yourselves; you are to rest on your Shabbat from evening the ninth day of the month until the following evening.”