The Holy Scriptures tell us to observe this holiday. In Leviticus 23:24 it is known as Zikhron Teruah or "Memorial of Blowing (of trumpets). In Numbers 29:1, it is called Yom Teruah "The Day of Blowing (of trumpets)". The Jewish holidays (or High Holy Days) began with Rosh Hashanah, which literally means "Head of the Year".
Our service includes the blowing of the shofar 100 times! I'd said in a recent post that my husband, Rabbi Jem, would be doing it, but as it turns out, one of our members, David Jackson, took his place. Rabbi was coming down with a cold (as was I), so this was a great blessing to have someone who could stand in for him.
The holiday reminds us to think about the year behind us and the year ahead, and begins the ten days of awe. During this period, we are to search our hearts for any sins we've allowed to creep in, and to examine our relationships to see if there is anyone to whom we owe apologies or amends. Those who are medically able also fast during the ten days of awe, as fasting clears the mind, and enables one to hear G-d's voice more clearly.
This year, on Rosh Hashanah, we also dedicated our new Torah mantle and ark curtain. Since the High Holy Days are a time of holiness, we use white as a visual reminder of its' importance. I'll talk more about that in my next post , which will be about Yom Kippur.
I'm linking up to Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers and Spiritual Sunday