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Israel’s Fall Calendar
Hebrew Insights
¬.:¬ :s·
Rosh HaShanah
Head of the Year
Israel’s fall calendar begins on the frst day
of ·.·::¬ :::¬ , HaChodesh HaSh’viyiy (the
seventh month) with the day known in Juda-
ism as the “Jewish New Year,” ¬.:¬ :s·,
Rosh HaShanah.
Scripture, while not indicating that
this day begins a new year, instead says it is
for ¬.··~ ¸··:·, zik’ron t’ruah (Leviticus
23:24)—remembering with loud blasts [of
sound]. What Israel is to remember and with
what manner of sound, Scripture doesn’t say.
Neverthless it is ¬.··~ :··, Yom T’ruah
(Numbers 29:1), a Day of Loud Blasts [of
Sound], marking the beginning of an exciting
season.
According to Joshua chapter 6, ¬.··~,
t’ruah was the shouting sound that Joshua’s
army made after being prompted by the
·e·:, shofar (ram’s horn), just before the walls
of Jericho fell. Tis may be the source of the
Jewish tradition of blowing the ·e·:, shofar
on this day. As believers in .·:·, Yeshua, we
should be able to fnd something good to
shout about!
··e: :··
Yom Kipur
Day of Atonement
Ten days after Yom T’ruah comes
the year’s holiest day, traditionally known as
··e: :··, Yom Kipur, the Day of Atonement.
In Scripture, it is actually :··e:¬ :··, Yom
HaKipuriym—the Day of the Atonements—
named for the multiple atonements assigned
for ·:.¬ ¸¬:¬, HaKohen HaGadol (the
High Priest) to make.
:·· e : ¬ :··, Yom HaKipuriym is
the only annual holy day that is also a
¸·-:: -::, Shabat Shabaton (a Sabbath of
complete rest, Leviticus 23:32), during which
time the people of Israel are commanded to
deny themselves—traditionally understood as
“fasting.” According to Scripture, the people of
Israel could not afect their own atonement, but
had to rely completely on the high priest.
Hebrews 4 speaks of how we can trust
.·:·, Yeshua as ·:.¬ ¸¬:¬, HaKohen
HaGadol for our atonement since He “has
been tempted in all things as we are,” yet
is “without sin,” and can therefore “sym-
pathize with our weaknesses.”
-·::¬ .¬
Chag HaSukot
Feast of Temporary Dwellings
Te fall season of holy days con-
cludes with the great, joyful celebration
-· :: ¬ .¬ , Chag HaSukot—the Feast of
Temporary Dwellings—beginning at full
moon in the seventh month. Also called
¸: s ¬ .: , Chag HaAsif (Feast of Ingath-
ering) in Scripture, -· :: , Sukot is a
seven-day jubilation at the conclusion of the
annual harvest season, commemorating how
Adonai caused Israel to live in -·::, Sukot
after their exodus from Egypt. (Leviticus
23:43)
Te main feature of -·::¬ .¬ , Chag
HaSukot is the construction of and dwelling
in -·::, Sukot, made from the natural fora
found in the hills and felds surrounding Jeru-
salem. (Leviticus 23:40)
Immediately following the seven days of
-· :: ¬ .¬ , Chag HaSukot is -· s . ·. ·: : ¬ :··,
Yom HaShmiyniy ’Atzeret—the Eighth-Day
Assembly. Like the frst day of -·::, Sukot,
it is a ¸·-::, shabaton—a time for rest…
because after a week of continuous celebration
and feasting, you need it!
HEBREW LESSON
Israel’s Fall Calendar
Hebrew Insights
HEBREW LESSON HEBREW LESSON
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