Friday, September 11, 2015

It's Yom Teruah Time

I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't posted anything since March. Life gets in the way sometimes and, even with our best intentions, not everything gets proper attention. I won't promise that I will post consistently every week again like I did before but I will post when I can. I hope my viewers will keep following this blog.

With the Fall Feasts approaching, Yom Teruah, also called the Feast of Trumpets, is the first of these feasts. Among many other names this day has also been known as Rosh HaShanah (from the Babylonian exile), Head of the Year, and Birthday of the World. Without getting into whether or not to call this day one name or another, what is important is to acknowledge the day and blow our shofars.

It is hard to find interesting ideas for expressing our faith. The purpose of this blog is to pass on ideas that would compliment what you may be learning in your walk in the Torah. With this in mind, I crafted a shofar out of Sculpey and mounted it in a simple frame that I decorated with ribbons.

'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations. You shall observe it as a day when the horn is sounded.'  Leviticus 29:1

This year -2015- Yom Teruah begins at sunset on Sunday, September 13 and ends at sunset on Monday, September 14. Some observe this moedim for two days instead one, especially in Israel. The reasoning behind this is because of the uncertainty that was involved in determining the new moon in ancient times. Regardless of whether observing one day or two, all will be reflecting on the past year for the next ten days and looking forward to Yom Kippur and Sukkot. May you be blessed in the coming year.