Tonight at Sundown Rosh Hashana begins. The New Year is a time of celebration for Jewish people, but also a time of great fear and trepidation. Jewish families gather to celebrate the creation of the universe as well think about Gods judgment and accounting for their actions. Jewish people spend their lives in humanitarian efforts attempting to work for salvation. They do not know that Jesus was a Jew nor that He came to rescue them. They do not know that Yeshua is their Messiah-Mashiah. The Rabbis forbid them to look at a bible. They do read passages of scripture on High Holy Days, but they do not understand the significance of what they are reading.
Tonight or about 2 or more hours from the time of this post, Jewish people will begin celebrating with a meal of sweet foods signifying having a sweet New Year. They will of course, serve challah, an egg bread that usually is braided into a long plait. But tonight’s challah is baked in a round shape as a reminder of the never-ending cycle of life and God’s crown.
During Rosh Hashana they will blow the shofar. The four sounds of the shofar are tekiah, shevarim, teruah, and tekiah gedolah which reminds them of many people crying out. Hearing the shofar’s call is also a reminder to look inward and repent for the sins of the past year. During the evening Genesis 21:1 – 21:34, is read.
If you meet a Jewish person this month tell them “Shana tova” which means “Have a good year” or “Happy New Year.” A similar expression is L’shana tova umetukah, which means “for a good and sweet year.”
Please pray that Jewish people all over the world and especially in Israel. Please pray that they will question what they have been taught and seek to experience and know God through a personal, experiential relationship through Christ, their Jewish Messiah.
If God allows you to have a conversation with a Jewish person you could say, “Gmar hatima tova literally means “a good signing/sealing.” This is a traditional greeting during the days from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, referring to the belief that on Rosh Hashanah our fates are written, or inscribed, in the Book of Life, and on Yom Kippur we are sealed in it. This phrase can open the door for you to talk about Jesus, who is the only way, the real truth that leads eternal life. Christ made it possible for us to have our names written in the book of life.
You might ask, where do you meet Jewish people in America? Simple, go to the mall. Young Israeli’s come here to sell Dead Sea products. They are alone and far from home. They are generally more open to hearing about Jesus while away from Israel.