From the Master of Kadosh (October 2018)

posted Oct 11, 2018, 11:42 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Fraternal greetings!  Fall is upon us and I hope everyone had a great Summer!  Enjoy your pumpkin lattes, ghosts, and goblins!  As the leaves change color we are reminded of the ever-changing cyclical nature of life.  It should remind us that “this too will pass”, “we are not of the world, but in it”, and our essential being is not rooted in the temporary nature of life but in the eternal, formless, and timeless perfectness of the Grand Architect of the Universe.

This month we are celebrating the Feast of Tishri.  The origin of the Feast of Tishri, also called the Feast of the Tabernacle, is described in the Old Testament where it states that the Lord spoke unto Moses saying when “ye [shall] have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:… [and] Ye shall dwell in booths seven days…. That your generations may know that I made of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 23:39,42-43).  Additionally, after 450 years of the celebration of the exodus out of Egypt, the Feast of Tishri was celebrated for the completion and dedication of King Solomon’s Temple (2 Chronicles 7:8-10).

The Fest of Tishri is also related to the Fourteenth degree, where the symbolic descriptions of King Solomon’s temple’s position, design, construction, furnishings, and decorations represent special meaning to Scottish Rite Freemasons in building their spiritual temple.  As King Solomon was a king of peace and wisdom, by observing the Feast of Tishri we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring brotherly love, peace, truth, justice, and concord to all people in the world through the establishment and dedication of our spiritual temple.

Thus, the Feast of Tishri is one of the most significant Scottish Rite festivals, as it symbolizes Freedom from oppression, as was the case in the exodus of the Jews out of Egypt, and Peace and Wisdom through it’s connection with King Solomon and the building of the Temple.

We hope you, your friends, and family will join us at the Feast of Tishri!