Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets)

A few weeks ago we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  It has been interesting to study the feasts of the Old Testament and learn new things.  For instance, some believe that ancient calendars record Creation as taking place the same time of year as Rosh Hashanah, thus the celebration of the "New Year" and the Birthday of the Earth.  Kind of neat to think about.  There is so much symbolism involved in the celebration.  Below is a globe with a crown on it, symbolizing that God is the King of the World


Then the round loaf symbolizing the fullness of the coming year, topped with a ladder symbolizing our prayers ascending to heaven.

The honey cake (minus the icing), is a birthday cake for the earth!

We also celebrated by blowing a shofar.  We were supposed to do it each morning starting on Rosh Hashanah for ten days, the High Holy Days(or days of repentance), culminating in Yom Kippur(Day of Atonement).  Each time we blew it we were supposed to repeat:
  "Awake you that are sleepy, and ponder your deeds: remember your Creator and go to Him for forgiveness...." 

The kids had fun with this, as you will see in the videos below!


There are many other dimensions to the celebration, but these were just some of the highlights.  All of our resources come out of this book: