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Tonight starts Rosh HaShanah, celebrate the Jewish New Year 5772 with us!

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Emne: Tonight starts Rosh HaShanah, Bjoern celebrate the Jewish New Year 5772 with us!


Shana Tova – Happy Jewish New Year – 5772!

Honey and apple, foods traditionally served at Rosh HaShanah,
symbolize the desire for a sweet new year.

I’m asking you to read this entire article, simply because it’s so good. The best is in
the middle and at the bottom…. I promise that you will be blessed.

Tonight at sunset Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) begins.

This holiday is considered one of the holiest days of the Jewish year.

All over Israel and in synagogues around the world, the shofar (ram’s horn or
trumpet) will be sounded around 100 times.

Jewish man sounding the shofar on Rosh Hashanah at the Western
(Wailing) Wall in Jerusalem.

Rosh Hashanah is the start of a ten day period called the Days of Awe that
culminates with Yom Kippur.
This is a serious time of introspection, during which
Jewish people carefully assess their behaviour during the past year.

They also make resolutions to live a better life in the coming year, much the same
way people do during the secular New Year.

According to Jewish Tradition, the world was created on Rosh Hashanah.

The Jewish sages also believe that on this day it is decided “who shall live, and who
shall die… who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and
who shall rise.”

For that reason Jewish people take time for self-transformation during the month of
Elul (the month before the High Holidays) so that they can draw closer to God.

Young Jewish girl holding a slice of
an apple and a cup of honey.

First and Second Day Customs

Customarily, families gather on the first night of Rosh Hashanah for a holiday meal that
begins with the blessing over a round challah (egg bread) which is dipped in
The challah is round to represent completeness, the continuity of creation
and the omnipresence of God.

Right afterward, apple slices are dipped in honey. This simple tradition conveys the
hope that the coming year will be sweet and free of sorrow.

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a special ceremony called Tashlich (casting off) is
performed, where Micah 7: 18-19 and other verses are recited next to a body of water,
such as a stream, river, lake, pond or sea.

This ritual involves the symbolic casting off of sin as bits of bread or other food are
tossed into the water and carried away.

Rabbi performing Tashlich, on the Israeli
coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the
remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all
our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7: 18 – 19)

On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, a fruit that has just come into season is served.

This fruit is commonly the pomegranate since it comes into season in Israel around this
time. According to Jewish tradition, the pomegranate has 613 seeds, which is the
same number of mitzvoth (commandments) in the Torah. A special blessing called
the Shehechiyanu is recited:

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us alive,
sustained us, and brought us to this season. Amen.

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The Shofar

Biblically, this special festival is called Yom Zikaron Teruah (A day of remembrance
with the blasting of the shofar). In fact, the central observance of this holy day is the
sounding of the shofar, which is seen to herald God as King of the Universe.

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh
month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated
with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.’”
(Leviticus 23: 23-25)

Shofar, tallit (prayer shawl), and a pomegranate

However, the shofar is not only blown on this Holy Day. It is blown throughout the
Hebrew month of Elul, for the fall feasts and especially on Yom Kippur (Day of
Atonement), and for other important occasions.

The blast (teruah) of the shofar represents the voice of God to His people.

On Mount Sinai, on the third day, amidst booming thunder, flashes of lightning and a
dense cloud, the sound of the shofar was so loud “that all the people who were in the
camp trembled.” (Exodus 19:16)

We can only imagine the intensity of such a scene. Who blew the shofar from that
thick cloud on Mount Sinai with all the people of Israel gathered below? Was it an
angel of the Lord or Elohim—God Himself— blowing the shofar?

This long shofar is fashioned from the horn of a greater kudu in the
Yemenite Jewish style.

Obviously, the shofar is an instrument of great spiritual significance.

The purpose of the sound of the shofar is to wake God’s people out of their spiritual
slumber, to cause them to see the signs of the times, and to remind them to examine the
spiritual condition of their lives.

This is the message of teshuvah, which in Hebrew literally means ‘to return.’ Teshuvah
is turning from our sins in repentance and returning to God.

So, why do we blow the shofar on Yom Zikaron Teruah? We know it’s a
commandment, but the reasons are not specifically stated.

“Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the
month, shall be a solemn rest to you, (Shabbaton Zikron Teruah) a memorial of blowing
the trumpet (shofar), a holy convocation (mikreh kodesh).” (Leviticus 23:24)

Young boy blowing a shofar made from ram’s horn.

Occasions to Blow the Shofar

In Israel, the shofar was blown for several reasons:

To mark the arrival of a new moon;
To celebrate a simcha (joyous occasion);
To proclaim liberty to the captives;
To hail a king at his coronation;
To warn of impending judgment;
To gather troops to battle;
To sound an alarm;
To call a sacred assembly and time of fasting;
To confuse the enemy camp; and
To draw God’s attention.

Several of these purposes are demonstrated in the scripture from the book of Joel.

Sounding the Shofar as an Alarm

“Blow the trumpet (shofar) in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all
the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord comes, for it is close at
hand; a day of darkness and gloominess… (Joel 2:1-2)

“Tear your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord, your God; for he is
gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, and relents
from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:1-2, 13)

Sounding the Shofar to call an Assembly

“Blow the trumpet (shofar) in Zion! Sanctify a fast. Call a solemn assembly.”
(Joel 2:15)

Men reading Torah at the Bialystoker Synagogue

The Shofar of Mercy: the Binding Isaac

Since the shofar is a ram’s horn, it may represent God’s mercy as seen when God
spared the life of Isaac. Abraham had prepared to offer up his son on the altar as
a sacrifice in obedience to God’s command; however, true to Abraham’s faith, God
stayed his hand and provided a ram caught in the thicket for the sacrifice.

“Abraham said, ‘God will provide Himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my
(Genesis 22:8)

We blow the ram’s horn (shofar) to remind us of this example of God’s mercy, but
God has further revealed His mercy through Yeshua (Jesus).

He did not spare the life of His only son, Yeshua, but gave it up for us in
order that our names may be written in the Book of Life.

As we say at this season: May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life!

“He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not
also with him give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

How can we even doubt God’s goodness?

The Torah passage read at Rosh HaShanah, with the pertinent
section,Leviticus 23:23-26, in sharpest focus.

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The Shofar in Warfare

The Bible contains many references to the shofar being used in battle. Joshua and
his Israelite army took the enemy city of Jericho with the sounding of the shofarot
(plural of shofar).

“So the people shouted, and the priests blew the trumpets (shofarot). It happened,
when the people heard the sound of the trumpet (shofar), that the people shouted with
a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every
man straight before him, and they took the city.” (Joshua 6:20)

In another example, Gideon and his small band of men blew their shofarot and
gained a victory over the Midianites. (Judges 7:19-25)

“When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout
the camp to turn on each other with their swords.” (Judges 7:22)

The Taking of Jericho, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques
Joseph Tissot, at the Jewish Museum, New York

How does this relate to us, as people of the God of Israel today?

God’s promise in the Book of Numbers to deliver His people when they blow the
shofar in battle is still applicable:

“When you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then
you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets (shofarot). Then you will be remembered
before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.” (Numbers 10:9)

Today, the shofar is being re-discovered as the powerful instrument of spiritual warfare.

For that reason it’s being blown, not only in Jewish synagogues during the High Holy
Days, but also in Messianic Jewish Congregations and Christian Churches all over the
world as a declaration of spiritual warfare.

Believers sometimes sound the shofar as a declaration of spiritual warfare.

The Shofar of Impending Judgment

In chapter eight of the Book of Revelation, judgment begins with the blast of the
shofar and the earth is struck with plagues reminiscent of the ones in Egypt:

“The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood,
and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third
of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.” (Revelations 8:7)

But the blasts of the shofar also herald the return of Yeshua (Jesus) and the
resurrection of the dead. Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah will return with a shout
and the shofar call of God.

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with
the voice of an archangel, and with the shofar call of God, and the dead in Messiah
will rise first.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

In First Corinthians, the resurrection of the dead in Messiah is also connected
with the last shofar blast:

“Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet (shofar). For the trumpet will
sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.”
(1Corinthians 15:51-52)

The seventh and final shofar that we read about in the Book of Revelations
will sound when Yeshua returns, hailing him as King Messiah.

The Shofar Hailing King Messiah

In the Book of Revelation, Yeshua (Jesus) is hailed as King with the sounding of the
seventh and final shofar:

“The seventh angel sounded, and great voices in heaven followed, saying, ‘The
kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Messiah.
He will reign forever and ever!’” (Revelations 11:15)

As the time for the sounding of that seventh shofar draws nearer and nearer,
we ask that you help us sound the shofar of liberty to captive Israel.

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the
inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord comes, for it is close at
hand.” (Joel 2:1)

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to the Jewish people during Rosh HaShannah

Holiday round challah and honey

All of our ministry workers here in Israel wish you a good and sweet New Year.
Shana Tova!

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