Friday, September 18, 2009

"Shana Tova!" Its Rosh Hashana!

We have now entered into the glorious time of the High Holy Days! Because all Holy Days start at sun set of the day before they are noted on our western calendars, yesterday evening marked the beginning of Rosh Hashana. Also known as the Feast of Trumpets, this Holy day is the Jewish new year!

All around town, we hear people greeting each other with "Shana Tova!" which equates to us saying "Happy New Year!" in English. My bosses brought us gifts of wine, olive oil, jam and honey at work, and several clients stopped by with gifts too! Last night, Devin and I celebrated by feasting with friends who have 5 small children. They blew little shofars, which their dad said had "a strong annoying." ;) It was a great evening! Tonight, we will feast with our kahilah (congregation) on a Moshav (sort of like a community farm).

Rosh Hashana is one of the appointed feast from Leviticus 23. In this chapter, it says:

23 The LORD said to Moses, 24 "Say to the Israelites: 'On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. 25 Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.' "


Just as all of the appointed feasts of Lev 23, Rosh Hashana also has prophetic meaning regarding the Messiah. If you remember from other posts on the Holy days this year, Jesus - Yeshua- was crucified on Passover, He rose on the Feast of First Fruits, and the Holy Spirit came on the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost (remember the cheesecakes?). This all falls perfectly in line with the Hebrew calendar.

The next three feasts were not fulfilled while the Messiah walked the earth the first time, so it is believed they have significant meaning for the end of the age. Rosh Hashana, for example, likely coordinates with the trumpet blasts described in Revelation. I'm not going to speculate what all this might mean, but knowing that significant events in Jesus' life occurred with the feasts makes me wonder what might take place on this feast in the future!

No matter what, it is a fun Holy Day to celebrate!


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