Feast of Trumpets
The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah) more commonly called Rosh HaShana is celebrated on 1 Tishrei the first month of the civil year and the seventh on the sacred Jewish calendar bridging the summer and autumn months. The Hebrew word Tishrei means (to begin) as it is the beginning of the the High Holy Days that starts on the Feast of Trumpets and ends on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
During the month of Elul, before Tishrei, is when it is believed the “King is in the field.” At the beginning of the High Holy Days begins a process of preparation before the holiest day of the Jewish year Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
This feast begins the Jewish new year of 5778 and starts the time when Jewish people repent from sin and hope for renewal in the coming year. This is the time Jewish people “recharge” for the coming year and is believed to be when God reinvests Himself in His creation.
Typical foods eaten during the Feast of Trumpets hold symbolic meaning, here are a few: (1) Shofar: its blasts are a clarion call signaling the Jewish people to return (2) Apples dipped in honey: the hope of a sweet year ahead (3) Pomegranates: a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds (4) Challah that is round: symbolizes the cyclical nature of the year.
Between the Feasts of Tabernacles (Rosh Hashana) and through the Days of Awe that lead up to Yom Kippur is a solemn time where broken relationships are repaired, apologies for past bad behavior are made and when you hope your name is written and sealed in ‘Book of Life.’
We greet Lovers of Israel with “L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu” meaning “May you be inscribed “in the book of life” for a good year.” For to not have your name written in the Book of Life is to have your name blotted out. “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” (Psalm 69:28)
Shanah Tovah ”good year’
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