Remember, Observe, Rejoice- A guide to Jewish Custom's
Simcha means "Joy" or "rejoicing". The commandment to rejoice, a basic element in Jewish religious life, can be found in many Bible verses. Deuteronomy 16:14-15 says, "You should rejoice in your festival... and be only joyful." Also, "My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation." Psalms 13:5. We are also to "Worship the Lord in gladness, come into His presence with shouts of joy." Psalm 100:2.
The commandment to rejoice (Simcha shel mitzvah) accompanied Jews throughout their long history. Today, the people of Israel continue to enjoy each happy even in the Jewish life cycle - from circumcision to bar mitzvah to marriage. And you don't have to be a religious Jew to celebrate the pilgrim festivals and the Shabbat.
This book gives background information on how the festivals and events were celebrated in Biblical times, and how it is done today, in the re-born State of Israel. The guide will help to gain more respect and appreciation for the Biblical Festivals, the Jewish Holidays, and the Word of God.