How did the Feast of Trumpets become Rosh Hashanah?

Before we answer the question above, let's lay the groundwork. In Leviticus 23, God revealed details of His "appointed times," also known as the 7 major Jewish feasts. Three were to be commemorated in short order in the spring. (Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits) The fourth was Penecost. Then, three fall feasts …

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Shanah Tovah: Happy New Year, Israel!

Rosh HaShanah ("Head of the Year") commences at sundown this evening on the Jewish calendar. Not only is it the civil Jewish new year, but also the beginning of 10 days of awe, leading up to Yom Kippur. Observant Jews will enjoy a celebratory new year, then spend the days of awe in prayer and …

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Tour Rewind: Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives Ok friends, as I indicated yesterday, there is method to my madness. As we head toward the weekend, I want to transport you to a weekend over 2,000 years ago. That weekend changed history...and I hope this weekend blesses you immensely as we finish our tour rewind by focusing on that weekend. …

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10 Days of Awe: What do They Mean?

I drive through a Jewish neighborhood each day on the way to and from work. This week, I see many Jewish families walking to a neighborhood synagogue. That is not an unusual scene, except that it is currently happening every single day. What's going on? Jews worldwide celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) last Sunday …

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