In the fall of the year Jewish people celebrate three important festivals. These Fall Feasts of Israel are powerful reminders of God’s detailed plan for the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This year the feasts are in our months of September and October, corresponding to the month of Tishrei on the Jewish calendar:
–September 18 / Tishrei 1-2 (sundown) Rosh Hashanah, meaning Feast of Trumpets the beginning of the
Hebrew New Year. This year Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 18, the last day the Hebrew year 5769; and continues until sundown on September 19, the first day of the Hebrew New Year 5770
–September 26 / Tishrei 10, 5770 (sundown) Yom Kippur, meaning Day of Atonement
–October 2 / Tishrei 20, 5770 (sundown) Sukkot, meaning Feast of Tabernacles
Tomorrow evening, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown and the sound of the trumpet, or shofar, will sound in Jewish synagogues around the world. Christianity is rooted in Judaism and therefore Christians have special love for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. We understand, honor, and consider ‘holy’ the power of God’s covenant with Israel, both the Jewish people and the land of Israel.
Because the Lord loves Zion, because His heart yearns for Jerusalem, we cannot remain silent. We will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. The nations will see her righteousness. Kings will be blinded by her glory. And the LORD will give her a new name. The LORD will hold her in His hands for all to see–a splendid crown in the hands of God. (Isaiah 62:1-3)