Rosh Hashanah

The Feast of Trumpets

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Shofar Blowing
Rosh Hashanah, The Feast of Trumpets

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This is the Birthday of the Universe, also of Adam and Eve. It features so strongly the blowing of the Shofar, with 100 blasts, that it has come to be called, ‘The Feast of Trumpets’. In Jewish liturgy Rosh Hashanah is “the day of judgment” and “the day of remembrance.” Only if it falls on Saturday (Shabbat – the Jewish Sabbath), will there be no Shofar blown that happens the next day instead, but in ancient times it was also sounded on the Sabbath in the Temple. The shofar is normally made from a ram’s horn. The Bible gives no specific reason for this practice. One that has been suggested is that the shofar's sound is a call to repentance. I have heard one blown several times in real life and I have to say the sound is different in real life than you will hear in the video’s, while they are blowing the shofar and you are hearing how it sounds, in reality you don’t just hear the sound, when in its presence you feel it. It vibrates and reverberates through you, it feels almost as if the sound is shaking the ground and moving up through your body. A reminder of the awesome presence of God, inspiring ‘fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom. The important bit for Christians is that our New Testament states the Shofar (Trumpets) will blow heralding the return of Jesus as King at the Rapture, and the whole holiday reflects on the theme of God’s sovereignty.

The name "Rosh Hashanah" means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. Just as our New Year is a time of resolutions, the Jewish New Year is a time of introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the New Year.

So why does the Jewish "new year" occur in Tishri, the seventh month? Judaism has several different "new years," a concept which may seem strange at first, but think about it, our Calendar “new year is 1 Jan but our financial and tax ‘new year’ starts on the 1 April. In Judaism, Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).

Did you know that Jesus-Yeshua and evidence of the Trinity is in the Jewish Prayer Book especially in the service for Rosh Hashanah it was too long for me to put here but if you want to know more click here for an article sharing the interesting information. Please note the prayers etc. today are an adapted version of the Rosh Hashanah prayers.