Sunday, September 28, 2008

Shana Tovah!

Monday evening at sundown begins the Biblical festival of Rosh Hashana, the new year. We celebrate this in accordance with God's commandment, Leviticus 23:24 is where this is recorded.

Tomorrow we will have a traditional meal, including challah, a round loaf for the holiday symbolizing the cyclical nature of the year as well as sweet foods, for a sweet year, such as apples and honey.

Then we will go to synagogue to hear the reading of the story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac. We will hear the blowing of the shofar, it will remind us of the burnt offering that God provided for Himself (Genesis 22:8), but also of the last trump (1 Cor 15:52), the day that we all are looking forward to, when Messiah, Yeshua, comes back to take us with Him.

Rosh Hashana begins the High Holy days, the days of awe, a reflective time period that is also refered to as the days of repentance. Following these ten days, will be the holiday of Yom Kippur, or the day of atonement (Leviticus 23:26).

If you have never celebrated these holidays, I encourage you to do a little bit of studying and present the idea to your husband. Yeshua, Jesus, celebrated Rosh Hashana every year as a Jew, to know more about His life, it would be well worth your effort. Many of the things done year after year reflect the Messiah Himself.

Shana Tovah to you! (Good Year!)

(The picture above is of Macho Man blowing a Yemenite shofar last year during the last of the fall festivals, Sukkot. It may look easy, but let me assure you, it is not. This boy has some kind of talent - or maybe just hot air - because amazingly enough, he can really blast a shofar!)

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