Tabernacles Basics

1. Season of Teshuvah Meaning: A time of turning Dates: Elul 1 - Tishri 10

Idea: This is a season of repenting in preparation for the High Holy days to come.

2. Feast of Trumpets a.k.a. Rosh Hashanah also Yom Teruah

Meaning: Rosh Hashanah is Head of the Year, Yom Teruah is Day of the awakening blast [of the trumpet or shofar], a shout, or a War Cry.

This is Jewish New Year, the first day of the civil year. In the religious calendar, it is the first day of the seventh month.

Dates: Tishri 1

Idea: Blow a Trumpet in Zion, a Call for Repentance

3. Days of Awe a.k.a. Yomim Noraim Meaning: Fearsome or awesome days Dates: Tishri 1 - 10

Idea: A period of even more intense repentance. These are the High Holy Days.

4. Day of Atonement a.k.a. Yom Kippur Meaning: Day of atoning sacrifice. Dates: Tishri 10

Idea: Getting Right with God

5. Tabernacles a.k.a. Succot [or Succoth] Meaning: Booths

Dates: Tishri 15-21

Idea: Preparing a Dwelling, Time of Great Joy, Harvest

:'i.:6. The Eighth Day or The Great Day a.k.a. Shemini Atzeret Meaning: The eighth assembly Dates: Tishri 22 Idea: Even more great Joy.

Rosh Hashanah is how most secular Jews refer to The Feast Of Trumpets. But it is not called that in the bible. All that Rosh Hashanah means is head of the year. We call it Jewish new years. We celebrate new years on January 1, there is also Chinese new years, and so on. But The Feast Of Trumpets is not just another day to celebrate. Observant Jews and anyone who understands the feasts know it as Yom Teruah, the day of the shout or awakening blast.

Eddie Chumney points out the importance of the idea of awakening.

The theme of awakening from sleep is used throughout the Bible. It is found in John (Yochanan) 11:11; Romans 13:11; Daniel 12:1-2; and Psalm (Tehillim) 78:65. In Isaiah 51:9 it is written, "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago..." (NAS). The arm of the Lord is used as a term for the Messiah in Isaiah (Yeshayahu) 53:1. The word arm is the Hebrew word zeroah. During Passover (Pesach), a shankbone, known as the zeroah, is put on the plate. So, "awake" is a term or idiom for Rosh HaShanah. In Isaiah (Yeshayahu) 51:9 quoted earlier, the awakening is associated with the coming of the Messiah. (Eddie Chumney)

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