I was raised in a heavily Jewish town with a synagogue every few blocks.
We all knew what Rosh Hashanah was. Half the kids in school took the day off. It was the Jewish New Year. Right? Well, it turns out it’s a lot more than that.
Rosh Hashanah, called the Feast of Trumpets in the Bible, is more than a Jewish holiday, by my reckoning. It’s God’s.
It is indeed the beginning of the new year. In fact, by tradition, it represents the sixth day of Creation, when Adam breathed his first breath. So it’s the first day of humankind.
Spiritually, it represents renewal, a day of hope, transformation, change in a positive sense.
And, since it’s the Feast of Trumpets, there’s the ram’s horn, the shofar, the Hebrew word for trumpet.
The blowing of the shofar signifies the beginning of the 10 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, the holiest date on the Hebrew calendar.
But as I mentioned in my commentary on the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot, these “feasts” or appointed times are not just holidays for “Jews.” They are God’s appointed holy days for all his people. They are called in the Bible “the Feasts of the Lord.” They haven’t been forgotten by God. They weren’t forgotten or forsaken by Jesus, who observed them all. They weren’t forgotten by His apostles, who observed them all.