Rosh Ha Shanah (New Year) Feast of the Trumpets

The start of the Jewish New Year (September or early October).

Rosh Ha Shanah is a time of self-examination, repentance and expiation of sins. During this time of personal inventory we measure ourselves against what we know we ought to be and strive to make greater effort. Orthodox Jewry believes it is the time of Heavenly Judgement.

Rosh Ha Shanah begins in the month of Tishri, the seventh month, the most important because of the significance of the number seven, meaning completeness.

Usually a shofar, the ram's horn is blown on this holiday. The shofar calls Jews to their special occasions. We greet each other with the words L'Shanah tovah Tikko Sayvoo (May you have a good year) or Happy New Year!.

Lev 23:24-25

Prophecy of return of Christ, deliverance of mortals from bondage of the Adversary. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashonah means "head of the year" or "first of the year." The Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.

Rosh Hashonah looks toward fulfillment of peace and adjudication of all problems on earth. The Hosanna Shout originated here. In this festival Jews celebrate their liberty from Egypt and slavery. It is a feast of deliverance. The Torah is carried through the congregation. God will use the ram’s horn (“Shofar”) to deliver the trump sound of the advent of the Savior. Rosh Hashonah is celebrated for two days everywhere because it occurs on the first day of a month.

Recipe - Lakach

Sweet food is served at dinner in the hope of a sweet, happy new year. Serving lakach (honey cake) is traditional for this happy festival. Here is an easy lakach recipe for you to make.
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup honey or golden syrup
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup warm water
blanched and halved almonds
Cream sugar and eggs well. Add oil and honey and mix thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture alternately with warm water. Pour into greased and floured pan, sprinkle with almonds, and bake in moderate over (350º) for 1 hour.

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