Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rosh HaShana: The Day of the Blast!

Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, began at sundown last night. Here’s a fascinating study of the holiday and its significance by Hebrew Bible scholar James Tabor. (Twitter: @Jamesdtabor)

While Passover celebrates the freedom of Israel from slavery in Egypt, Tabor writes, this “Day of the memorial Blast”  is a call to all humankind.
In the Torah, “this holy day is never called Rosh HaShanah. Rather it gets a different name–Yom Teru’ah, that is “day of the blast.” Teru’ah/תרועה in Hebrew refers to raising up a loud noise … “

Cry aloud to God our strength, raise a shout to the God of Jacob.

Literally, rosh ha-Shanah means “head of the year.” It is commonly included on our secular calendars today as one of the “Jewish Holidays,” along with Passover and Yom Kippur, and is widely known as the “Jewish New Year.”

Click to read the full article on Tabor's blog.