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Answering Your Questions: Rosh Hashanah and The Feast of Trumpets

September 4, 2013

Q. Natalie asked:  How does your family celebrate Rosh Hashanah?

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

A. First a little background, for those unfamiliar with Rosh Hashanah.  Most Biblical feasts have names given by God (Shabbat, Passover, Day of Atonement, etc.), however, this holiday is simply referred to as “The day of sounding the shofar” or Yom Teruah.  Therefore, it has been called The Feast Of Trumpets, which begins on Tishri 1.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”  Leviticus 23:23-24

This verse establishes the The Feast of Trumpets and calls it a memorial.  But, it doesn’t say what it is a memorial of.  In Hebrew tradition Tishri 1 marks several different things:

  • Adam and Eve were created
  • The Flood waters dried up
  • Enoch was taken by God
  • Sarah, Rachel and Hannah conceived
  • Joseph was freed from prison
  • The forced labor of the Hebrews in Egypt ended
  • Start of sacrifices on the altar built by Ezra

Rosh Hashanah literally means the “the head (or beginning) of the year.”  It is thought to be the birthday of the world!  It is the day that begins a season of introspection and reflection, because Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) which is a day of intense fasting and repentance is right around the corner.

If you are new to observing Biblical feasts, but would like to get your feet wet and try it out, here are some simple ways your family can observe Rosh Hashanah:

Kristina's husband, Jordan, blessing the Challah before the feast!

Kristina’s husband, Jordan, blessing the Challah before the feast!

~Take a day of rest.  Do no work (except cooking) and reflect on how God rested after creating the world.

~Read the stories of how God opened the wombs of Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah.

~Bake a cake with your kids and throw a little birthday party for the world!  

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

~Pray for peace.

~Blow the shofar 100 times.  If you don’t have one, use a trumpet, clarinet, bugle or any such instrument.  Don’t have one of those either?  Make the sounds with your own voice!

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

~Don’t eat any sour or bitter foods.  Instead eat things that are sweet: carrots, raisins, seasonal fruits.  Dip apples in honey. The reason for eating these foods is to focus on the sweetness of the year to come!  Rather than focus on God’s judgment, we focus on the sweetness of His mercy.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

~Bake a round challah bread, with raisins and honey to kick it up a notch!

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

~Make New Year’s cards for friends and neighbors. The traditional greeting is, L’shanah tovah!

~Make amends.  If you have offended someone or if someone has offended you, now is the time to let it go, seek peace, and start the New Year with a clear conscience.

Most of all, remember to rejoice and celebrate the New Year with those you love.  The following Scriptures are appropriate for reading on Rosh Hashanah: Genesis 21, Numbers 29:1-6, 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10.

L’shanah tovah! Have a blessed New Year!

(linked to Hearts For Home Hop)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Natalie permalink
    September 4, 2013 8:57 am

    Thank you so much! I love learning about these feasts:)

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