Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Category: Holidays

Preparing for Judgment

God warns that our hearts are wicked and deceitful.  Therefore to prepare to stand before God, we must allow the Holy Spirit to show us our heart as God sees it. 

The Lord our Judge

There is an aspect of the Jewish tradition for the Days of Awe that has biblical truth. One day, we WILL all pass before the King, God Most High, for a thorough inspection. At that time, He will pay close attention to everything we did, said and thought.

A Memorial Blowing

The most common name for this first holy day, Rosh Hashanna, is incorrect and has no basis except tradition.  The literal translation of this first holy day is “a memorial blowing.”

A Double Holiday

At sundown on September 25 the first of the fall holy days begins.  Because it begins the month on the Hebrew calendar it is always a double feast day.  

Tashlich

Another tradition, commemorated on the first day of the feast, by the more observant, is “Tashlich” based on God’s promise to “cast their sins into the sea.”  The men symbolically cast off the sins of the previous year by tossing pebbles or breadcrumbs into flowing water.

The Days of Awe

The Jewish people have several traditions for this season.  Most prominent, observed by almost all the Jewish people, are “The Days of Awe” which are the ten days between the first two fall feasts (Trumpets and Atonement). They believe that on the first day God opens two books in Heaven:

The Book of Life
The Book of Death

The Fall Feasts

God’s calendar begins in the spring; therefore, the fall feasts are in the seventh month, corresponding to our September/October.  

Introduction

According to the Biblical calendar that begins in the spring, the feasts of the fall begin in the seventh month.

Tisha b’ Av-Call to reflection

On this day when Israel mourns the destruction of the Temple, let us remember that God is ready and willing to forgive and to bless.  He is waiting for Israel to repent and return to Him.

Tisha b’Av-A Time to Mourn

The God of Israel so loves Israel; He calls her the “apple of His eye.”  Try to imagine how His heart must break to watch His Beloved suffer.  Like a loving parent who must discipline a child, He knows what is best despite His personal pain.