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Jews praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur. (...

Jews praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur. (1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

  09.13.13 Friday

FINDING THE GOSPEL IN THE JEWISH HOLY DAYS
[ PART 5 ]

There is a direct correlation between the feasts of the Old Testament and their expression of the Gospel in the New Testament. Listen to find out how two of these feasts point us to the Messiah.


 

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  09.12.13 Thursday

FINDING THE GOSPEL IN THE JEWISH HOLY DAYS
[ PART 4 ]

Yom Kippur is known as the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. It is a time for them to seek atonement for their sins. But do you know why this day is also significant for believers in Christ?


 

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  09.11.13 Wednesday

FINDING THE GOSPEL IN THE JEWISH HOLY DAYS
[ PART 3 ]

Have you ever wondered about the Jewish festivals held every year? These feasts go well beyond the national boundaries of Judaism. They carry a prophetic and redemptive message for all people.


 

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  09.10.13 Tuesday

FINDING THE GOSPEL IN THE JEWISH HOLY DAYS
[ PART 2 ]

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the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is the day set aside to seek the

forgiveness of sins. When we look closer at this holy day, we develop a

greater appreciation for the Lamb who was slain for us.


 

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  09.09.13 Monday

FINDING THE GOSPEL IN THE JEWISH HOLY DAYS
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You’ve heard of Passover and Yom Kippur, but have you ever considered how all of the Jewish holy days point to Jesus? Listen to learn more about the Messiah and His cultural context.


 

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Iudaism 101

Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah (in Hebrew)

Level: Basic

Significance: New Year
Observances: Sounding the shofar (ram’s horn trumpet)
Length: 2 Days (Some: 1 Day)
Customs: Dipping apples in honey; Casting off “sins” into a river
Greeting: L’shanah tovah! (For a good year!)

…In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation. -Leviticus 16:24

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.

There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. More on this concept at Days of Awe.

The name “Rosh Hashanah” is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.

Shofar: Click to hear it blow!The shofar is a ram’s horn which is blown somewhat like a trumpet. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue. A total of 100 notes are sounded each day. There are four different types of shofar notes: tekiah, a 3 second sustained note; shevarim, three 1-second notes rising in tone, teruah, a series of short, staccato notes extending over a period of about 3 seconds; and tekiah gedolah (literally, “big tekiah”), the final blast in a set, which lasts (I think) 10 seconds minimum. Click the shofar above to hear an approximation of the sound of Tekiah Shevarim-Teruah Tekiah. 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. The shofar is not blown if the holiday falls on Shabbat.

No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah. Much of the day is spent in synagogue, where the regular daily liturgy is somewhat expanded. In fact, there is a special prayerbook called the machzor used for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur because of the extensive liturgical changes for these holidays.

Another popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year. This was the second Jewish religious practice I was ever exposed to (the first one: lighting Chanukkah candles), and I highly recommend it. It’s yummy. We also dip bread in honey (instead of the usual practice of sprinkling salt on it) at this time of year for the same reason.

Another popular practice of the holiday is Tashlikh (“casting off”). We walk to flowing water, such as a creek or river, on the afternoon of the first day and empty our pockets into the river, symbolically casting off our sins. Small pieces of bread are commonly put in the pocket to cast off. This practice is not discussed in the Bible, but is a long-standing custom. Tashlikh is normally observed on the afternoon of the first day, before afternoon services. When the first day occurs on Shabbat, many synagogues observe Tashlikh on Sunday afternoon, to avoid carrying (the bread) on Shabbat.

Religious services for the holiday focus on the concept of God‘s sovereignty.

The common greeting at this time is L’shanah tovah (“for a good year”). This is a shortening of “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem” (or to women, “L’shanah tovah tikatevi v’taihatemi”), which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” More on that concept at Days of Awe.

You may notice that the Bible speaks of Rosh Hashanah as occurring on the first day of the seventh month. The first month of the Jewish calendar is Nissan, occurring in March and April. Why, then, 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 of it this way: the American “new year” starts in January, but the new “school year” starts in September, and many businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year. 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 (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).

See Extra Day of Jewish Holidays for an explanation of why this holiday is celebrated for two days instead of the one specified in the Bible.

List of Dates

Rosh Hashanah will occur on the following days of the secular calendar:

  • Jewish Year 5772: sunset September 28, 2011 – nightfall September 30, 2011

  • Jewish Year 5773: sunset September 16, 2012 – nightfall September 18, 2012

  • Jewish Year 5774: sunset September 4, 2013 – nightfall September 6, 2013

  • Jewish Year 5775: sunset September 24, 2014 – nightfall September 26, 2014

  • Jewish Year 5776: sunset September 13, 2015 – nightfall September 15, 2015

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    A shofar made from a ram's horn is traditional...

    A shofar made from a ram’s horn is traditionally blown in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish civic year. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A shofar (Hebrew: שופר‎) is a horn used for Je...

A shofar (Hebrew: שופר‎) is a horn used for Jewish religious purposes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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