Sunset on Sunday (2 October) marks one of the holiest days of the Jewish year, Rosh Hashanah.
Video on their page (doesn't embed here very well)
Millions of Jews will take part in the two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of the month of Tishrei.
During these special days, families will gather for meals to celebrate the time of rebirth and enjoy a feast of traditional sweet, salty and savoury foods. The foods all evoke blessings for the months ahead.
Before the meal, there will be a recitation of Hamotzi, the blessing over bread.
Apples and honey feature heavily in Rosh Hashanah meals, as they are said to ensure a sweet new year.
According to Jewish mythology, the apple represents the Shekhinah – the feminine aspect of God – and eating the combination is said to encourage Shekhinah to be kindly when judging.
Eating apples and honey began as a late medieval Ashkenazi tradition that is now universally accepted.
In the video you see the reference to the fishes head.....so that they remember that they are the head and not the tail.
Now there IS reference to Torah here in Deuteronomy 28, where it lays out the blessings and the curses.....BUT the spirit behind it is an Ashkenazy drive that is a bit like the aristocratic value system that the characters in Downton TV series often embody. A gritting of the teeth when anything comes in the way of their standing, and their position as top dogs....even if (for pragmaticisms sake!!!!) the truth must be bent a little.
Jesus demonstrated TRUE HEADSHIP for all time being prepared to be murdered rather than push His own agenda, and entrust everything in His Life to God's Promises to fulfil anything concernng Him.
The self for others spirit is the true LORDSHIP of the Universe. The Ashkenazy spirit, so different from the original Semite Torah history, claims headship as Divine right regardless. This spirit as I mentioned earlier is the same Triumphalism as the Muslim takeover Plan, and the Jesuit Takeover Plan, and the "unbroken Saulish" takeover plan of even the charismatics , who characteristically stood behind both Bush generations in their slaughters in the middle east.
But it turns out even this is somewhat slanted
Read what Wikipedia writes
Unlike the denominations of Rabbinical Judaism, Karaite Judaism believes the Jewish New Year starts with the 1st month and celebrate this holiday only as it is mentioned in the Torah, that is as a day of rejoicing and shouting. Additionally, Karaites believe the adoption of "Rosh Hashanah" in place of Yom Teruah "is the result of pagan Babylonian influence upon the Jewish nation. The first stage in the transformation was the adoption of the Babylonian month names. In the Torah the months are numbered as First Month, Second Month, Third Month, etc (Leviticus 23; Numbers 28). During their sojourn in Babylonia our ancestors began to use the pagan Babylonian month names, a fact readily admitted in the Talmud. As the Jewish People became more comfortable with the Babylonian month names they became more susceptible to other Babylonian influences." "Karaites allow no work on the day except what is needed to prepare food (Leviticus 23:23, 24)."
Samaritans, in their strict interpretation of the Torah, preserve the biblical name of the festival celebrated on the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei), namely Yom Teruah, and in accordance with the Torah do not consider it to be a New Year's day.
Main article: Shofar blowing
Laws on the form and use of the shofar and laws related to the religious services during the festival of Rosh Hashanah are described in Rabbinic literature such as the Mishnah that formed the basis of the tractate "Rosh HaShanah" in both the Babylonian Talmud and the Jerusalem Talmud. This also contains the most important rules concerning the calendar year.
The shofar is blown in long, short and staccato blasts that follow a set sequence:
- Teki'ah (long sound) Numbers 10:3;
- Shevarim (3 broken sounds) Numbers 10:5;
- Teru'ah (9 short sounds) Numbers 10:9;
- Teki'ah Gedolah (very long sound) Exodus 19:16,19;
- Shevarim Teru'ah (3 broken sounds followed by 9 short sounds).
The shofar is blown at various instances during the Rosh Hashanah prayers,.........
Rosh Hashanah meals usually include apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. Other foods with a symbolic meaning may be served, depending on local minhag("custom"), such as the head of a fish (to symbolize the prayer "let us be the head and not the tail").
Many communities hold a "Rosh Hashanah seder" during which blessings are recited over a variety of symbolic dishes. The blessings have the incipit "Yehi ratzon", meaning "May it be Thy will." In many cases, the name of the food in Hebrew or Aramaic represents a play on words (a pun). The Yehi Ratzon platter may include apples (dipped in honey, baked or cooked as a compote called mansanada); dates; pomegranates; black-eyed peas; pumpkin-filled pastries called rodanchas; leek fritters called keftedes de prasa; beets; and a whole fish with the head intact. It is also common to eat stuffed vegetables called legumbres yaprakes.
Some of the symbolic foods eaten are dates, black-eyed peas, leek, spinach and gourd, all of which are mentioned in the Talmud: “Let a man be accustomed to eat on New Year's Day gourds (קרא), and fenugreek (רוביא), leeks (כרתי), beet [leaves] (סילקא), and dates ( תמרי).” Pomegranates are used in many traditions, to symbolize being fruitful like the pomegranate with its many seeds. The use of apples dipped in honey, symbolizing a sweet year, is a late medieval Ashkenazi addition, though it is now almost universally accepted. Typically, round challah bread is served, to symbolize the cycle of the year. Gefilte fish and Lekach are commonly served by Ashkenazic Jews on this holiday. On the second night, new fruits are served to warrant inclusion of the shehecheyanu blessing.
The Hebrew common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is Shanah Tovah (Hebrew: שנה טובה) (pronounced [ʃaˈna toˈva]), which translated from Hebrew means "[have] a good year".Often Shanah Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה), meaning "A Good and Sweet Year", is used. In Yiddish the greeting is אַ גוט יאָר "a gut yor" ("a good year") or אַ גוט געבענטשט יאָר "a gut gebentsht yor" ("a good blessed year"). The formal Sephardic greeting is Tizku Leshanim Rabbot ("may you merit many years"), to which the answer isNe'imot VeTovot ("pleasant and good ones"). Less formally, people wish each other "many years" in the local language.
A more formal greeting commonly used among religiously observant Jews is Ketivah VaChatimah Tovah (Hebrew: כְּתִיבָה וַחֲתִימָה טוֹבָה), which translates as "A good inscription and sealing [in the Book of Life]", or L'shanah tovah tikatevu v'tichatemu meaning "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year". After Rosh Hashanah ends, the greeting is changed to G’mar chatimah tovah (Hebrew: גמר חתימה טובה) meaning "A good final sealing", until Yom Kippur. After Yom Kippur is over, until Hoshana Rabbah, asSukkot ends, the greeting is Gmar Tov (Hebrew: גְּמָר טוֹב), "a good conclusion".
The above describes three stages as the spiritual order of the month of Tishrei unfolds: On Rosh Hashanah Jewish tradition maintains that God opens the books of judgment of creation and all mankind starting from each individual person, so that what is decreed is first written in those books, hence the emphasis on the "ketivah" ("writing"). The judgment is then pending and prayers and repentance are required. Then on Yom Kippur, the judgment is "sealed" or confirmed (i.e. by the Heavenly Court), hence the emphasis is on the word "chatimah" ("sealed"). But the Heavenly verdict is still not final because there is still an additional hope that until Sukkot concludes God will deliver a final, merciful judgment, hence the use of "gmar" ("end") that is "tov" ("good").
So the Ashkenazi Jews have changed things and added things according to the traditions of Babylon.
The start of the year is NOT as laid down in the Torah, with very simple month names: ie the first month the second month etc.
Two of my Facebook notes today:
Feast of Trumpets is what English speakers know, which among Christians, is either meaningless.....Or if you are.charismatic.speaks of all the promises yet to come shovelled into a rapture, or else you are.Like us , believing we are in a current state.of.Feast of Trumpets announcing the Holy Spirit work of.bringing His people into the third level or third feast of tabernacles experientially ........something that is as irritating to Jews and most Christians......as Jesus actual fulfilment of.Passover was to His Jewish nation. They killed Him.......thus fulfilling Isaiah 53 down to the letter.
Basically God stuff is ok as long as you don't say it is here and now........words like......this scripture is now fulfilled in your midst.
Which is what we are.saying now every Feast of Trumpets. The true feast of Tabernacles.....Or.Shekinah glory.....Or thirdlevel or holy of holies is now here and releases.us.from the whole Genesis 3 condition....if you.care to believe it. And we.do. Because the Kingdom isn't lo there in Moses time or Jesus time or lo here all heaped as a rapture download in some future not happening kind of.way.........
NO THE KINGDOM IS NEAR US EVEN IN OUR MOUTHS. We are those trumpets this very day on Facebook.
On this Jewish day of Feast of Trumpets it isn't the distant God of the Israelis speaking but the Emmanuel voice of Jesus who wasn't recognised by His own and it now seems by most of the church either, as He drops into my mind a picture of what we are doing wrong . Think of mixing a whole variety of ingredients in a recipe. Say a complex cake. We have put in two or three ingredients and are proudly mixing them to the nth degree when really we should be doing only a cursory mix with those .... But not overkill because we have 8 or 9 ingredients we haven't even touched yet , to mix in. Churches are all doing overkill in their denominational liturgies and highly trained choirs but haven't led their congregations through into the simplest of John 3 born again experiences yet. Evangelicals are doing overkill in the meaning of every last floorboard in the tabernacle but they haven't even been baptised in the Spirit yet so have know clue really how Spirit living works and yet they are trying to cross every last t and dot every i in their treatment of the Bible like a how to manual ..... Except everything they don't like.... Like miracle faith, they declare finished . Well learn off Torben Sondergrund or people here in Facebook. Charismatics are trying to achieve the perfect meeting with extraordinary lavishings of the power of God .... But it's all overkill because half the ingredients are still missing in the cake mix. But Chris what can they be?
Jesus is saying you forgot the other 7 billion people, all their cultural identities and wisdom ..... And this is not their pagan demon stuff. ..... No this is their authentic God worked history of survival and skills and insights most of which are nowhere near in the Body of Christ yet . God is leavening the whole earth. Nobody stays in infant school until everything is absolutely perfect.... You move schools with age knowing you have enough under your belt for the next stage. Jews continue with their outer court religion for millennia thinking they have to burnish it like a new pin. They hadn't even finished when Jesus came. Did Jesus care? No He said Follow Me..... Wherever you are now and I will take you to the next stage .
We can burnish pins for everlasting.... But part of perfection comes precisely when the whole house is present..... So leave your overkill and get into the holy place revelations followed by the Holiest place revelations...... For which we need the WHOLE HOUSE PRESENT!!!!!!! All the ingredients in the bowl. THEN SHALL THE CAKE RISE!!!!!!