A New Day: The Power of Rosh Hashanah
God has ordained certain cycles for our lives on earth – and for our relationship with Him for eternity. We enjoy the refreshing changes that come with the four seasons. We celebrate the milestones as a child grows from an infant into an adult. And then there are the biblical feasts – what Scripture calls “appointed times” – which were instituted by God both to remember His goodness and mercy to the Children of Israel in the past, and to give signposts for prophetic fulfillment in the future.
Rosh Hashanah signals that the harvest has been gathered and now it is time to count our blessings and look forward. On the streets of Israel you will hear people greeting each other with “Shana Tova”, which means “good year.” It is the abbreviation of the traditional blessing:
“May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good New Year.”
Jewish tradition says it is the day that God created man. Ancient rabbis called it “the birthday of the world.”
The name Rosh Hashanah literally means the “head of the year.” It is the beginning of the fall feasts – also known as the High Holy Days in the Jewish calendar, or “The Days of Awe.” These annual holy days start on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and end on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
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