Celebrating Rosh HaShana, September 16-18, 2012
Today is the first day of Rosh HaShana or the Feast of Trumpets which the Lord God commanded Israel to celebrate in the seventh month, on the first day. Today is also known on the Jewish Calendar as Tishrei 1, which marks the civil New Year as well. We find this commandment of God in:
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
The feast technically begins on the eve of September 16th, since the new day begins at sundown and continues until September 17th at sundown. According to the Jewish calendar, September 18th is reserved as the second day of Rosh HaShana for those that live outside of Israel. Some Scriptures that you can read are:
- •Genesis 21:1-34
- •Numbers 29:1-6
- •1 Samuel 1:1-2:10
- •1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The name of Rosh HaShana in Hebrew means, “the head of the year.” However, God called this the Feast of Trumpets since the blowing of the Shofar was to commemorate the feast. The shofar, or ram’s horn, was used to make announcements. We find this even in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 when Christ shall return.
This holiday is also called the ‘Day of Judgment’ because many believe that God opens up the Book of Life on this day. This day is also known as Yom Teruah, which means the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets is also the beginning of Yamim Noraim, which means ‘The Days of Awe,’ when all people are to look inward and then repent of their sins and to ask God to forgive them. The Days of Awe last for ten days and conclude by ushering in another feast, ‘The Day of Atonement’ or Yom Kippur. This is what King David did, he looked inward with introspection and asked God in:
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Some of the ways that Jewish people celebrate are: Prepare a plate of fresh, ripe apples, sliced and then dip them into honey. This represents not only God’s goodness towards you and your family, but God’s goodness to come to you in the New Year.
Another way to celebrate is to have a Tashlich ceremony (which means, ‘to toss away’) with your family and/or friends. Some of the items that you will need are:
- •The Bible
- •a pair of walking shoes
- •A bag of bread crumbs
- •a moving body of water (river or stream)
Celebrate by walking to the river or stream, if you live by one, and then distribute the bag of crumbs and have everyone toss them into the water. As you watch the crumbs sail away from you, it is a reminder of how God has forgiven you your sins through the sacrificial death of His son on the Cross of Calvary. Also, as you watch the water flowing towards you, this is again another reminder of God’s love and mercy washing over you and making you clean. Then read the Scriptures about how God has cast your sins into the sea in:
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retains not His anger for ever, because He delights in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Then continue to rejoice with your family and friends by singing worship songs about God’s love and forgiveness. L’shana Tova b’ Y’shua ha Mashiach, which means, ‘have a good year in Jesus, the Messiah.’
King Jesus is coming soon! Hallelujah! Yes! and Amen!
Adapted from ‘Walk with Y’Shua Through the Jewish Year,’ by Janie-Sue Wertheim and Kathy Shapiro.