And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. - Leviticus 23:1-2
Okay, kids, time for some Bible fun.
Rosh Hashanah is coming up soon. It's September 14th.
What is "Rosh Hashanah", you ask? It's the Feast of Trumpets!
Feast of Trumpets? What is that? Is there food? Well, read on and find out!
When the Children of Israel were wandering the desert for 40 years, dreaming of milk and honey, the LORD told them to set aside certain days and weeks for HIS special occasions. He knew that humans were party animals, after all, He made us that way, so He made special parties for us to throw that would glorify HIM (instead of those weird parties where people get drunk and throw up on each other and lose their memory).
One of those parties that God made was the Feast of Trumpets.
What is "Feast of Trumpets"?
"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’” - Leviticus 23:23-25
Sounds better than Labor Day to me. It has fire. (Yes, I'm being silly... well, only partially...)
In Jewish tradition, it is believed that Feast of Trumpets is the day that Adam, the first man, was created. So, it is the mark of the Jewish New Year. It is also tradition to celebrate the occasion by eating apples and honey, pomegranates (YUCK!), and round challah... that is pronounced "KA-la". Say it like you're trying to clear your throat of mucus.
Anyway, the Lord God didn't say to do any of that in Leviticus. In fact, He went into seemingly very little detail on the matter. He just said to observe the day by chilling, blowing trumpets, and playing with fire (Mwahahaha!).
God also told his people to observe Passover, as well as Yom Kippur and Sukkot - Day of Attonment and Feast of Tabernacles.
I'll be going into those later, but you can read about "Yom Kippur" in Lev 23:26-32 and you can read about "Sukkot" in Lev 23:33-43. In fact, you can read about all the Feasts of the Lord in Leviticus 23 (except for Hanukkah, Feast of Dedication, and I'll explain that later).
How I Celebrate Rosh Hashanah
How do I celebrate Feast of Trumpets? Well.... I like to wave at it as it goes by.
Yes. I usually forget about it. At least you can't call me legalistic, can you? (BTW, if you ever, EVER call me legalistic.... I will laugh so hard, and so long, you will become very uncomfortable, even from the other side of your computer screen).
Sometimes, when my family remembers it, we will eat apples and honey together, chop up a pomegranate to throw out to the chickens, and attempt to make challah, which is braided bread. Yeah... You braid the dough before you bake it. Yeah... Our braid usually looks bad. The bread is usually eatable though.
We also like to blow our trumpets... or attempt to blow them. We don't have a shoffar, which is the horn traditionally used for Jewish feasts, but we have other wind instruments.
For your viewing pleasure, I have put together a video of the kid's most recent attempt at "tooting their horns".
Grab your popcorn and enjoy:
Author of the fantasy series, Tales of the Wovlen, Kathryn spends a great deal of time in the world of her imagination, having tea with fire breathing dragons, writing books on flying space ships, and practicing her mad scientist laugh with gusto. However, on occasion,she returns to this world just to play with her dog and blog about her fun.
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