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Jerusalem Shofar at Sunrise – Rosh Hashanah 2017

Consider Rosh Hashanah, which is the celebration of the Jewish new year, and is also known as the Feast of Trumpets. The date of Rosh Hashanah varies from year to year. In the current Jewish year (5778), Rosh Hashanah began at sundown on September 20, and continued through sundown on September 22. Consider the New Year’s celebration that most of the world celebrates each December 31 through January 1. Consider the great personal depression that many people deal with each New Year’s Eve. Even with terrorist threats, thousands of people gather for the New Year’s Eve “ball-drop” in Times Square, and in other places around the world each December 31. As opposed to the world’s humanistic view of “New Year’s celebrations, Jews have a far greater appreciation for their New Year’s celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Anyone who has any kind of relationship with a Jew, whether it is business, social or personal, should try to have an understanding of Jewish “religion, culture and history.” Consider the following information that discusses the Jewish New Year’s celebration of Rosh Hashanah. But, first, view the video of the stresses of secular New Year’s Eve. Then, consider whether you think that “the world has it right,” or, if the Jews have a better way of bringing in a hew year.

NYPD ramps up security for Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebration

How to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Consider the following discussions on Rosh Hashanah (Feast Of Trumpets).

Rosh HaShana is the first of the three fall holidays (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles). The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the Jewish calendar), are called the “Days of Awe”, where people are encouraged to contemplate their position before God, and it’s very special time in Israel.

The world considers New Year’s Day to be a holiday. But, Jews considers such a day as being a “holy day, a feast of the Lord, an appointed time, a holy convocation.” (Leviticus 23:2)

Leviticus 23:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:

Jews give the respect of Leviticus 23:2 to all of their “holy days.” Jews don’t consider God’s appointed times to be, “just days off from work.” Consider how Jews would treat the world’s “New Year’s Eve,” if it were to fall on the Sabbath, which is sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. (Leviticus 23:3)

Leviticus 23:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 ‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.

Consider the Old Testament discussion of the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah).

Leviticus 23:23-32 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Feast of Trumpets

23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

The following notes were made by Dr. John MacArthur.

23:1–44 This section points to days which are sacred to the Lord. After the Sabbath (v. 3), the feasts are given in the order of the calendar (vv. 4–44).

23:23–43 Three events were commemorated in Sept./Oct.: 1) Feast of Trumpets on the 1st (vv. 23–25); 2) Day of Atonement on the 10th (vv. 26–32); and 3) Feast of Tabernacles on the 15th-21st (vv….

23:23–25 memorial of blowing of trumpets. This feast, called the Feast of Trumpets, consecrated the seventh month (Sept./Oct.) as a sabbatical month (cf. Num. 29:1–6).

Christians see the Feast Of Trumpets as being fulfilled in the New Testament book of Matthew (Mt 24:31).

Consider the following descriptions of Rosh Hashanah which are made on Jewish sites.

What Is Rosh Hashanah?

“The Jewish New Year, anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, and sounding of the shofar”

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, on both days of the holiday (except if the first day is Shabbat, in which case we blow the shofar only on the second day).

Rosh Hashanah

What: It is the birthday of the universe, the day G‑d created Adam and Eve. It is celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.

When: The first two days of the Jewish new year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall on September 22 (see more details here).

Other Jewish Rosh Hashanah Information (Click onto the Jewish link)

List of Dates
Sun, 31 December 2017 13th of Tevet, 5778

Jewish holiday calendars & Hebrew date converter

Rosh Hashana begins on:
Sun, 02 October 2016 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5777)
Wed, 20 September 2017 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5778)
Sun, 09 September 2018 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5779)
Sun, 29 September 2019 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5780)
Fri, 18 September 2020 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5781)
Mon, 06 September 2021 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5782)
Sun, 25 September 2022 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5783)
Fri, 15 September 2023 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5784)
Wed, 02 October 2024 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5785)
Mon, 22 September 2025 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5786)

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