Dance classes are at 2:00-3:30 pm each Shabbat. The focus is on teaching the congregational worship dances we dance unto the LORD each week.
Let them praise His name with dancing!
The scriptures speak of the importance of expressing praise and worship to our GOD. Praise and worship can take many forms such as singing, speaking words of praise, raising our hands to the LORD, and even dancing to Him!
Probably the most well-known example of dance in the Bible is found in 2 Samuel 6:14 (NASB). King David danced before the LORD with all his might as he brought the ark of the LORD into Jerusalem. Another well known example is found in Exodus 15:20 (NASB). Miriam and all the women of Israel danced after the LORD delivered them from Egypt and brought them through the Red Sea on dry ground. These were times of great joy, celebration and worship to GOD.
Dance is a unique part of the community worship at Rosh Pinah and in Messianic Jewish congregations throughout the world. It is a powerful form of worship for those who choose to participate. It is a way to express thoughts and feelings of praise that cannot be communicated with words. Just as lifting our hands to the LORD can express what is going on inside as we lift our hearts to the LORD, dancing can express the joy, celebration and worship we feel as we consider the goodness of GOD.
When we meet each week on Shabbat, we dance together in unity. Many of the dances are based on Israeli folk dances and are performed in a circle. Israeli folk dancing appeared with the restoration of the Jewish people to their own land more than 60 years ago. These dances reflected the joy of a people returning to their own land. Interestingly, just as we have seen the emergence of dance with the physical restoration of the Jewish people to their land, we have also seen the emergence of dance with the spiritual restoration of the Jewish people to their Jewish Messiah, Yeshua.
We live in exciting times as we see scripture fulfilled before our eyes – the physical and spiritual restoration of the Jewish people! It seems appropriate that this unique expression of worship would spring forth. What an awesome GOD is the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the GOD of Israel! He is faithful, and He is able to keep His promises!
As we consider how awesome the LORD is, it is befitting to worship Him in a way that involves our entire being – our hearts, minds, bodies and voices. It is good to praise Him with dancing!
Are you full of joy? Come dance! Dancing is a great way to express this joy. Do you feel a deep level of worship to the LORD from your heart? Come dance! Dancing is a way of expressing worship that words cannot convey. Are you feeling down? Come dance! Offering a sacrifice of praise to the LORD is pleasing to Him, and dancing can be very uplifting. Do you feel exceedingly grateful to the LORD for all He has done? Come dance! This type of dance is a very powerful form of worship.
Each of us who has put our trust in Yeshua knows what it means to experience freedom from the bondage of sin and death, and we know the great joy that results. As Psalm 30:11-12 (NASB) says: You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my GOD, I will give thanks to You forever!