LDS Perspectives: Jewish Holy Days

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Gale Boyd is an ethnic Jew who is a convert to the LDS Church. In 1983, she and her husband moved their family to Israel to explore their Jewish heritage.

She was unprepared for the culture shock she experienced as an American Jewish Mormon living in Jewish Zion. Not only was there the language barrier but also differences in money, weights and measures, Sabbath observance, and even the year was configured differently.

As she became immersed in Israeli culture, she learned about Jewish holy days and their symbolism.

Her experiences led her to write Days of Awe: Jewish Holy Days, Symbols, and Prophecies for Latter-day Saints, with the purpose of sharing the Christian symbolism found in the celebration of Jewish festivals.

The book contains a history of Old Testament feasts, their ancient and current patterns of observance, their prophetic symbolism, and their relevance to Latter-day Saints today.

She also clears up some misconceptions about the Jewish people, their scripture, the complexity of their religion, and their history.

Join Laura Harris Hales of LDS Perspectives Podcast and Gale Boyd as they discuss Judaism, holy days, and the religious past, present, and future.

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…or at the LDS Perspectives website.

Gale’s book, Days of Awe, is available in paperback at

Tune in to these podcasts coming up in April:

April 12 — Tithing and the Law of Consecration with Steven C. Harper

April 19 — Balancing Religious Tensions with Mauro Properzi

April 26 — Vanity Prayers with Leta Greene

Gale Boyd is the managing editor for She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.