Greetings and blessings to you, Gail-Friends. I hope your celebration of Rosh Hashanah was sweet. Here are a few photos from our service:
Lots of shofar blowing (100 notes, plus many more as we rejoicedat the end of the service!) And, of course, we had food -- lots of glorious apple creations for a sweet year ahead. (See below for information about my Apple Roses, as promised.)
And then came the ten days of awe. . . a time of introspection and soul-searching leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During this time, we spend time with Hashem and His Word, asking Him to reveal any sins and we attempt to mend any broken relationships. This year was a tender, somber time, more so than years past. The last song was the Kol Nidre, and while it played people went to each other and made things right. It was an amazing evening together.
I love the High Holy Days because we take the time to be still and listen to Hashem more so than the other Holidays. How blessed we are to observe and celebrate these set-apart days, His Feasts and Festivals. They are gifts and reminders to us of His presence and goodness in our lives. As a believer, I observed Christmas and Easter. Now, as a Messianic Jew, I love being blessed with a holiday every couple of months in the year: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot (the Fall Feasts), then we have Hanukkah, and on to Purim, Passover and Shavuot (the Spring Feasts). All of these draw us closer to Hashem and are types of our Messiah, Yeshua. And lest we forget, we have our weekly feast -- Shabbat, our blessed day of rest. Hashem is so good to us.
Here's a photo of the apple roses I made for Rosh Hashanah. I think they turned out very nicely.
I will share the recipe (and the adventure) next week**. I just don't have time right now, since today is Preparation Day, plus Sukkot begins on Monday at sundown. Lots to do, dear Gail-Friends!!!
Shalom and love to you all from me - and from one of the sweet little ones in our congregation.
** To learn more about the Feasts and Festivals, click on this LINK
For the Apple Roses Recipe, click HERE