Happy Rosh HaShanah!

“These are My appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of YAHUVEH, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” (Leviticus 23:2)

The very special and holy time known as the High Holy Days—Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Day of Atonement—is here.

These Biblical feasts and fasts, which are called moadim in Hebrew, are appointed times.

The Book of Leviticus in the Torah specifies the reason for each of them and how they are to be celebrated.

Although many people, including Christians, consider these holy days to be “Jewish holidays,” the moadim are in fact YAHUVEH’s Holy Days and festivals.

As such, they are entirely relevant to anyone who wants to know Him and have a better understanding of the New Covenant.  We invite you to share this special season with us!

“These are YAHUVEH's appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times.”  (Leviticus 23:4)

Sounding the Shofar in Preparation of Rosh HaShanah

We are now in the final days of Elul, the Hebrew month that is set aside as a time to repent and begin the process of asking for forgiveness in preparation for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

Because of that, the shofar has been and is continuing to be sounded every morning

Its piercing, haunting sound stirs our hearts to seek YAHUVEH and repent of the sin in our lives and ask for forgiveness in YAHUSHUA’s name.

it will be better if you ask the holy trinity all three the FATHER ABBA YAHUVEH , YAHUSHUA, AND THE RUACH HAKODESH sweet HOLY SPIRIT for forgiveness if you offended any of them did you ever consider that? we recommend you to start doing that in YAHUSHUA’s name!

the sound of the shofar to an alarm call that awakens us:

“Sleepers, arise from your slumber, and those who are dozing, awake from your state of tiredness, weariness, fatigue, or lack of energy

Review your actions, repent from your sins, and remember your YAHUVEH your Creator !”

Likewise, the New Testament exhorts us to wake from our spiritual slumber and make the most of our time by loving and following YAHUVEH with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, rather than following empty  pursuits.

"Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Messiah will shine on you.  Be very careful, then, how you live not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:14–16)

Selichot Confessions

As the new year approaches and the month of Elul, the call to repentance is being felt all the more urgently throughout the Jewish community.

Since Rosh Hashanah, special penitential prayers called Selichot(pronounced s'lee-KHOT, meaning forgiveness)

jews has been saying these special prayers throughout the month of Elul.

“YAHUVEH, ELOHIM, the compassionate and gracious YAHUVEH, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.  Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished."  (Exodus 34:6–7)

The Hebrew word selichot is related to slichah, which is the equivalent expression for excuse me, I’m sorry, and forgive me.

Although we strive to live a pure and holy life before YAHUVEH, all of us sin and fall short of the glory of YAHUVEH our GOD.

Each one of us needs to repent and seek forgiveness for the many errors we make that hurt both ourselves and others.

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to YAHUVEH.”   (Lamentations 3:40)

This is a special time in which we request forgiveness from those we have wronged and extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us.

Jewish tradition, in fact, holds that YAHUVEH cannot forgive us for sins that we commit against another until we obtain forgiveness from the person we wronged.

Forgiveness and saying sorry can be life changing.

They are crucial to leaving the past behind and moving forward with YAHUVEH's plan for our lives.

Asking for forgiveness is to repentance, a closer walk with YAHUVEH and to successful relationships with our family, friends and our fellowman.

YAHUSHUA also identified unforgiveness as a critical issue.

He said that it would keep us from receiving forgiveness from our Heavenly FATHER.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly FATHER will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your FATHER forgive your trespasses.”  (Matthew 6:14–15)

Since fallen human nature leads to sin and unforgiveness, YAHUVEH provided this special time to focus on repentance and forgiveness.

This period of Selichot, repentance and forgiveness does not end on the last day of Elul.

In most Jewish communities, Selichot will continue to be recited in prayer services right through the Days of Awe or Ten Days of Repentance, a special ten-day period that begins with Rosh HaShanah , and culminates with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

This ten-day period is an even more intensive time of introspection and self-examination.

It provides everyone the opportunity to survey the condition of their lives and hearts and get right with YAHUVEH.

Interestingly enough, the very name Israel (pronounced Yis-RA-el in Hebrew) can be taken to mean right with YAHUVEH, from two Hebrew words Bashar /straight, right, or honest and El the ALLMIGHTY GOD.

During these final days of Elul and throughout the High Holiday season, may we each be challenged to look inside ourselves, asking the RUACH HA KODESH the precious HOLY SPIRIT to reveal hidden sin in our hearts and lives.

“Search me, YAHUVEH, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalm 139:23–24) Amen!

"I am bringing My righteousness near, it is not far away; and My salvation will not be delayed.  I will grant salvation to Zion, My splendor to Israel.” (Isaiah 46:13)

HAPPY ROSH HASHANAH

FROM PROPHET EZRA TORAH KEEPER

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