This weekend we celebrated Rosh Hoshanna
at Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, New Jersey.
We are Messianic believers. We gathered to observe the High Holy Days,
the "Yamim nora im," the Days of Awe.
AS THE FALL
reach for my sweater against the chill
crickets are chittering
have shed their golden petals
a few green tomatoes remain
on the vines
the High Holy Days are approaching
I will gather with mishpoceh
the parking lot outside Beth Israel
will observe Rosh Hoshanna
kudu shofar beneath the full moon—
tell us the first day of the month of Tishri
the day God created the world
world He so loved
world He gave His only Son to save
trumpeting reminds me
reflect upon my relationship
this God of my salvation
me, humbly, to prepare for Yom Kippur
I ponder the Day of Atonement
the High Priest entering the Holy of Holies
the blood of the sacrifice upon the Mercy Seat
the sacrificed goat and the scapegoat
my sins, atoned for by Yeshua
my High Priest, the Perfect Sacrifice
offered His Very Own Blood
will be Sukkot
Feast of Tabernacles—
inside a leafy sukkah
be reminded of the sojourn of God’s people
the Promised Land
of my very own sojourn
life with Him
Mishpoceh is Hebrew for family.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, worship leader of Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, NJ.
These are the various sounds of the shofar (ram’s horn) on Rosh Hoshanna.
Yeshua is Hebrew for Jesus.