Happy Rosh Hashanah!
Do you really love celebrations and look for new ways to grow and celebrate with your family? Growing in your faith takes some intentional action like a regular prayer time, Bible reading, going to church and celebrating. God wants His people to be joyful and celebrate. Today is the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, and it’s a great time to participate in a holy day that Jesus Himself participated in.
You may be wondering what exactly is Rosh Hashanah. It literally means “head of the year.” It falls within the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, a month called Tishri. It’s a happy time when many people send each other Rosh Hashanah greeting cards but it also has a serious element. It is a Jewish holiday of renewal. In the Bible God refers to it as the “Feast of the Trumpets.” The observance of the Feast of Trumpets is recorded in the Old Testament book of Leviticus 23:23-25 and also in Numbers 29:1-6. It is a time when God wants to get our attention and reflect on our lives. He used an instrument called a Shofar to say, “Listen carefully.”
As a Christian this holiday takes on new meaning. Christians believe that the Shofar will sound to let the whole world know when Jesus returns to bring them all home to heaven. It’s exciting and joyful. You can still blow the shofar to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. It’s a hard instrument to blow but it makes an awesome sound when done correctly. It’s sounded three ways: ·
- Tekiah – a long clear note ·
- Shevarim – three short notes ·
- Truah – nine very short notes ·
- Tekiah Gedolah – a might blast.
Here are some more ideas to use in your Jewish New Year Celebration.
- Eat apples dipped in honey – Apples in honey is a traditional holiday treat and it encourages you to consider God’s faithfulness in the past year and look forward to the sweet new year God has in store for you.
- Learn to say, “have a good year” in Hebrew. – “L’shana tova”
- Make round Challah bread – Instead of breading the bread form it into a round loaf to represent a crown. It will remind you that God is the mighty ruler over all. Here is a good bread-machine Challah recipe.
- Hold a Tashlitch Family Service – Tashlitch means casting off. Traditionally Jewish people emptied their pockets into a body of water to represent casting off their sin. Today more people use breadcrumbs. You can go to a moving body of water and symbolically cast off your sin by tossing the breadcrumbs into the water and watching them move away. The bread represents your sin and the moving water represents God’s forgiveness and mercy that is always flowing toward us. Read Micah 7:18-19 and worship God for his love and grace.
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.
Happy New Year and Many Blessings!