Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rosh Hashanah

Wishing all of our Jewish friends a happy new year. Tomorrow is Rosh Hashanah the beginning of the Fall Jewish festivals. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the new year for Jews and ends on Yom Kippur ten days later which is the day of judgment (September 25 this year). Jews believe that on Rosh Hashanah the names of the righteous Jews are inscribed in the Book of Life and those who are not have ten days to repent. Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement. Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are sometimes referred to as the Days of Awe.

It is customary to blow the ram's horn (shofar) on Rosh Hashanah marking the beginning of the New Year.

You might be wondering, why should Christians be interested in Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or any Jewish holiday for that matter?

Actually, many of the Jewish feast days are included in the Old Testament Scriptures and Jesus and the early Christians were from the Jewish religious world. Several of these festivals are recorded in the New Testament such as the Passover, Feast of Tabernacles (Booths), and Hannukah which marks the Dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem.