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As some of you may know from watching the Harvest Show it's Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year.
Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration. The observance is referred to in Leviticus 23:23-25.
For the religiously observant, these days will be full of special prayers and scripture readings. For the secular Israeli it will be a long weekend of fun and hitting the great outdoors!
The big event for the Rosh Hashanah service is the blowing of the shofar (ram's horn) during the morning prayers.
There are also two special customs dealing with sweetness and forgiveness that come along with Rosh Hashanah, and that somewhat characterized it.
First is the eating of apple slices dipped in honey! This symbolizes the hope that the coming year will be “sweet.”
The second is more involved, as it calls for Jews to go to a natural source of flowing water (such as an ocean, river, or spring).
Once there, participants will read a selection of scripture verses.
They will also throw pieces of bread into the water. This is done to symbolize the “casting off” of the previous year's sins. We remember the beautiful verse in Micah 7:19 which says: “You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
Its all a lovely picture of how God will deal with our sins – that will be (are) removed and we will have a fresh start when we arrive in Heaven – where life will be sweet ever after!
Happy New Year All,
Middle East Correspondent