YHWH||ANYAMARY||JESUSISRAEL say in agreement together,
Sundown on September 25, 2022 commences the start of Rosh Hashanah. It is part of the Yamin Nora’im (or Jewish High Holidays).
Rosh Hashanah celebrates the birth of the Universe and the creation of Adam and Eve by the LORD YHWH JEHOVAH TETRAGRAMMATON, God of Israel, Creator, and Father of Our Beloved Lord and Messiah (Savior) Jesus Christ.
Since the date is based on the Jewish lunar-solar calendar, the High Holiday commences on a different day every year. The High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah continues through night fall on September 27, 2022.
Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish New Year and is considered both a Day of Judgement and a Day of Repentance. In accordance with the repentance that lie within our hearts, we say prayers that will decide:
- Who will live and who will die
- Who will be enriched and who will be impoverished
- Who will rise and who will fall
For the 10 days following Rosh Hashanah, we continue our prayers of repentance and map out our plan for doing a better job spiritually in the coming year in preparation for Yom Kippur. Marking the time when the LORD Jehovah God of Israel in the Lord Jesus Christ and Creator of the Universe, accepted the repentance of the people for the worship of the Golden Calf (Exodus 32) and forgave the people’s sin. We prepare our hearts symbolically for that day.
Things to do for Rosh Hashanah:
1. Make a plan for the coming year
Think about any failings, shortcomings, mistakes/missteps and set goals that will help you overcome those obstacles and live more fruitfully towards God the Creator and Our Begotten Son, Jesus Christ in the coming year.
Take time out to ask family and friends for forgiveness and pray for the blessings of the LORD Jehovah God of Israel in the Lord Jesus Christ to fall upon them.
2. Listen to the blowing of the Shofar
The Shofar symbolizes the:
- Crowning of the LORD Jehovah God of Israel in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Creator and King of the Universe
- Awakening of the sleeping soul
- Rededication of the Torah
- Voice of the Prophets who taught us to correct our ways
- Crying from the destruction of the Holy Temple, twice
- Filling of silent space with sound through time; in the same way God, the Creator, fills space and time through omnipresence
- Prompting for us to examine our deeds to consider the many ways we can improve
- Reminder of Abraham’s obedience to God (Genesis 22)
- Salvation through Our Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah
- God’s unity with Jesus Christ, Mary, and the Church of believers in Jesus Christ who have been filled with the impartation of the Holy Spirit
- Call for us to return to the LORD Jehovah God of Israel in the Lord Jesus Christ, lest we cry for Him at a time when He cannot be found
3. We cook symbolic foods
- Squash for the squashing of our enemies
- Fish Heads for the declaration of being the head and not the tail in the coming year
- Greens and Green Beans to express our yearning for the LORD Jehovah God of Israel in the Lord Jesus Christ to lie us down in green pastures and lead us beside still waters
- Blackeyed Peas to render the blessings of the LORD Jehovah God of Israel in the Lord Jesus Christ into the new year
- Carrots to cast the wish for abundance
- Apples (dipped in honey) to express faith for a sweet year
- Pomegranates are eaten to symbolically fill us up with the 613 Mitzvahs (Commandments) as the Pomegranate is believed to have 613 seeds
4. We light candles
Before sundown if the Sabbath Day
5. We perform Kiddush (sanctification) over the wine/juice and say a blessing over the bread and the meal
The partaking of Kiddush is a Mitzvah (Commandment) to verbally declare the Sabbath Day. Messianic Jews prefer to also add Communion recital in honor of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:17-20)
6. We recite many Psalms
Most notably, we recite Psalm 27 every day of the month of Elul, which began on August 28, 2022.
7. We perform the Tashlich (cast off) blessing on the second day
To perform the Tashlich (cast off) blessing, walk to a body of water, gather some leaves, reflect on leaving the past behind minus lessons learned and a better plan for the future and cast the leaves into the water, symbolically casting those sins out of God’s Sight