Yom Truah (Rosh Hashanah 5775)

This evening we begin the year 5775 that in Rabbinical tradition is reckoned from creation. However, from a biblical point of view the focus of the moed (appointed time) is on something else.

Lev. 23:24-25 records the command to observe, not rosh hashanah (new year)  but a sabbath of blowing trumpets -yom truah.

“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month  you shall have a sabbath rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. ‘You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.’”       more…

Are you to judge Israel?

While thinking about the alarming phenomena  of increasing numbers of Christians joining in with the latest Israel bashing fest, some thoughts flooded my mind which I wrote down. Although written in the first person tense, I make no claim of it being directly attributable to God, but nor do I preclude the possibility of it being inspired by Him. Others must judge it as it seems to them.  read more…