What Makes The Feast Of Trumpets Significant

By George Peterson


There are probably very few people who are not familiar with the major Christian holidays. Even non-believers take off from work for Christmas. There are some businesses that close for at least part of a day on the Friday before Easter. Of course members of other religions have holy days they observe, but many people don't know about them or understand why they are important. One such holy day, that is very important to practicing Jews, is the Feast of Trumpets or as it is more commonly called today, Rosh Hashanah.

This important day falls on the first day, seventh month of God's calendar. It is the first of the autumnal holy days. Many believe Jesus was born close to this time, and that the Messiah will return to earth on this day. For believers that day marks a turning point in the history of the world. From that time forward, the age of man will be over, and the age of God will begin. Trumpet sounds will blast throughout the heavens, which explains the name.

On this day every year Jews are instructed not to work or attend school classes. Since it is not usually a company recognized holiday, most employees and students inform their bosses and teachers about the observance in advance of the day. Most simply explain that it is a holy day for them, and it is rarely a problem with employers and schools.

People of another faith may question why someone has to take the whole day off from the responsibilities of work or school. The short answer Jews give is that God told us to. It was His commandment that this one day be spent in contemplation of the eternal. It is a day to put away earthly things and concentrate on what lasts.

All believers are commanded to observe this day wherever they find themselves. It is not a time of prayer only for those who can travel to Jerusalem or are members of large congregations that have elaborate ceremonies to mark the date. People who live in small towns or in areas where there is no synagogue nearby must still take the time to observe Rosh Hashanah.

The time of the year God chose is significant because it is the time in Biblical history when farmers had completed harvesting their crops and had traded them in nearby villages and communities. The work was put aside. They had time to celebrate, feast, and study for the whole day. Jews continue to observe the day by refraining from any type of work.

There is no specific location where Jews must gather to observe this day according to the Bible. It was first observed in the wilderness and then later at the Temple in Jerusalem. Believers don't have to fly to Israel though to celebrate the day. Attending services at local synagogues is perfectly acceptable.

All religions should respect the observances and rituals of others. Tolerance and acceptance are signs of true believers.




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