The High Holy Days in Judaism, more properly known as the “10 Days of Awe” are coming up fast.

And don’t you think I’m looking more Jewish with my new beard?

1. Sept 24-26, the Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (“Jewish New Year”) and Oct 3-4 Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”);

2. By extension, the period of TEN DAYS between these holidays, known also as the Ten Days of Repentance (Aseret Yemei Teshuvah)

The Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah, Elul, is designated as a month of introspection and repentance, so that is the spirit that is visiting many of us now to position us for the next year.

In preparation for the Jewish New Year, special prayers are recited. PSALM 27 is added at the end of morning and evening prayers, and the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown at the end of morning services.
As this is also the FEAST OF TRUMPETS we should hear what this Psalm is TRUMPETING NOW!


1. Ps 27 verse 1 “The Lord is the defense of my life, whom shall I dread?” Do not fear sudden terror, or the threats of your enemies. God is your defense. He has prepared your way before you.

2. Ps 27 verse 4 “One thing I have asked of the Lord, that shall I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple.”
Your greatest wisdom is to seek his face…His presence, correction and direction…His truth.

The “ten days of awe” include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the days in between, during which time Jews deal deeply and profoundly with anything out of alignment with Gods highest and best.

It is held that, while judgment on each person is pronounced on Rosh Hashanah, it is not made absolute until Yom Kippur. The Ten Days are therefore an opportunity to mend one’s ways in order to alter the judgment in one’s favor. It is a good time to reconcile wherever possible so the devil has no legal grounds to hinder blessing for the new year.

This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

One of the ongoing themes of the Days of Awe is the concept that God has “books” for the next year that he writes in. These books are written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can alter God’s decree. The Rabbi teaches that the actions that change the decree are “teshuvah, tefilah and tzedakah,” repentance, prayer, good deeds or acts of faith (usually, charity).

These “books” are sealed for the next year on Yom Kippur.

This also bridges into the great next feast the church is entering THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS!

This is a GREAT TIME of year. God has been visiting me today.

more to come tomorrow!

Rabbi Lance

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