Monday, September 18, 2017

Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShana starts at sunset this Wednesday!

Leviticus 23:23-25 says: ADONAI said to Moshe, "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar. Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'"

This Feast on Tishri 1 falls in the September/October time-frame. The blowing of shofars (rams' horns) signifies the bringing together of God's people, warning them to repent during the coming "days of awe" (the 10 days between Trumpets and the Day of Atonement). It is believed when Yeshua said we "will not know the hour or the day" it is because Yom Teruah is based on the New Moon's appearance. To protect against missing or celebrating the holiday too soon, some observed this holiday for two days.

"Rosh Hashana" is the Jewish Civil New Year; the creation of the world, according to tradition; the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and their first actions toward the realization of man's role in the world; of the first sin that was committed and resulting repentance; a day when YHWH takes stock of all of His Creation, which includes all of humanity. It's a rehearsal for the day when the bridegroom will come to claim us, his bride, who are betrothed to Him.

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated not with fireworks and champagne but with family meals and introspection. The devout believe one’s destiny is set for the coming year during the holiday, and that in the 10 days of soul-searching that follow — leading up to the fast day of Yom Kippur — prayer, charity and repentance can ensure a good year.

According to tradition, during this time YHWH's people are to concentrate all their efforts into making amends with their brethren and apologizing for past offenses. However, what most traditional Jews do not yet realize is that this Feast is the next one to be fulfilled by Yeshua, because when the trumpets will sound and the true believers in Messiah Yeshua will be gathered/resurrected (I Thess. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-54).

This Feast also signals the call for repentance, for the time is short and Judgment is coming upon the Earth - whether people are read, or not! (See the Book of Revelation.)


  1. Thank you!
    "two-day holiday?.
    Does this mean as of Wednesday at sunset, we are to have two days off in Feast? As that would mean we are to have Thurz., Fri, THEN SATURDAY weekly Sabbath, as it falls just after this?

    i am so confused!

    And am i to fast for both these days?
    Also, SINCE preparation day iS friday but IS ALSO a day wherein we are celebrating a 2 day feast...what should i do to break the 2 dat fast and have food prepared somehow for weekly Sabbath.

    Do not laugh i am ignorant this is my FIRST FEAST and am so EXCITED BUT SO CONFUSED.

    Also i do have a Shofar but would love one.
    And i have not yet Tzit tzit nor have grown a beard.
    (as i am studying search/rescue am concerned this will
    interfere with my career for respirators),


    HELP OH help...oh help.

    i just want to keep HIS Mitzvah.


    i have no where and no one else. everyone in my life has stepped away from me.

    (you are my only hope obi one)! :) (bad joke from star wars movie.
    Seriously, please go in depth a out all HIS FEASTS, what to do, how to keep,

    also, please go into depth about ALL HIS TORAH, step by step.
    Am not sure what really pertains to me,(YESCarmen, you taught me HIZ FOREVER MITZVAH)!


    Thanks so much!

    a VERY frustrated and confused Bear

    1. Bear, thanks for your comment. We suggest you obtain a copy of the book, "God's Appointed Times" by Barney Kasdan. Our website is for apologetics and we simply don't have time to go into depth on many "deep" subjects, including the Feasts.....

  2. Bear,

    LOL. Chill!

    No, Yom Teruah is not a 2-day holiday. The article says "some observed this holiday for two days." Oversimplifying a bit, this is because in ancient times it took time for word to get out throughout the land that Rosh Hashanah had arrived, so they would hold an observance for two days, the 1st and 2nd of Tishri, to make sure they at least observed the proper day. Though modern Judaism still celebrates Rosh Hashanah for two days largely as a tradition, in our time, we don't have to hold a two-day holiday because we know already which day is the proper day. So for Yom Teruah this year (2017), only Thursday (Sep 21) is the High Holy day (which begins at sunset Wednesday).

    So Yom Teruah is just one day, and it is not a fast. Yom Teruah is a celebration, an assembly day, and no-work day. (Yom Kippur, on the 10th of Tishri (Sep 30) is the only day to fast).

    So your concern about having to prepare for Shabbat on Friday is not a problem! Even if Rosh Hashanah fell on a Friday*, it does not interfere with preparation for the Shabbat because even though Yom Teruah is itself a High Holy Day, food preparation on Yom Teruah is actually a permitted activity.

    As to growing a beard, you don't need to. Explaining that is beyond the scope of this reply but please see if this article helps:

    Take your time to absorb/learn how to observe the Feasts. You want this to be a wonderful experience as you grow. No one can observe the Feasts perfectly, so just read and study and over time you'll come to understand what is tradition that you may want to retain, or how you might want to observe a holiday a bit in your own way which respects scripture.

    Without a community of believers for you to participate with, you will have to do a bit of research to find out some ways to celebrate Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah. You can find many sources on the Internet. In the interest of time, David Wilber of the Freedom Hill Community has written some ideas here:

    *About the possibility of Yom Teruah on a Friday. The modern Jewish calendar does not permit Yom Kippur (10 Tishri) to fall on a Friday or a Sunday, so that means Rosh Hashanah (1 Tishri) is not permitted to be on a Wednesday or a Friday (and, for another reason, 1 Tishri is not permitted to be on a Sunday). As a result the modern Jewish calendar is manipulated so Rosh Hashanah only falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. Our calendar, however, follows the real moon and as a result, Rosh Hashanah falls when it falls and it is entirely possible for Rosh Hashanah to fall on any day of the week.

  3. Happy Yom Teruah!
    i have been so excited awaiting this, my first
    Feast ever kept of my Heavenly FATHER!

    Have a great day folks!


  4. Bear, I am so very happy to read your posting. It reminds me of how I too felt when I began my walk to keep Torah, Feasts etc. I am praying for you brother. You make me smile, I think Elohim is too.
    L'Shana Tova Tikatev V'Taihatem!

    May you be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year!

    You as well Carmen and Liam.
    Hallelujah! What a Great God we serve.


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