Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year

  • Rosh Hashanah is traditionally celebrated for two days. The holiday begins a ten-day period of reflection known as the “Days of Awe” or the“Ten Days of Repentance.”
  • Jewish tradition teaches that on Rosh Hashanah God opens a ledger listing one’s acts from the previous year. On Yom Kippur that ledger is closed and one’s fate is sealed.
  • The shofar, or ram’s horn, is blown during religious services, in part, to awaken worshipers to the seriousness of the day.
  • Some Jews fill their pockets with bread and go out on Rosh Hashanah to throw it into a local stream or lake, symbolizing that they wish to throw away all of their sins. This ritual is called Tashlich (“the casting away”).

As Christians we do not observe Rosh Hashanah or the other feasts in the literal way outlined in the Old Testament, but the feasts are symbolic of coming fulfillment by Christ and the church.  Read God Tabernacled in His Bride for a Christian perspective of the fulfillment of this feast and the feast of tabernacles which follows.