Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Jewish New Year and the Creation of the World

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New year is the anniversary of the creation of the world. In 2010 it’s the year 5771. The festival will last two nights, preparing the way for Yom Kippur, the Feast of Atonement which begins 10 days after Rosh Hashanah. Taken together this season is called “Ten Days of Awe.” September, called Tishri ends with the Feast of Kabbalah, the Sukkot.

Tonight, the Jewish community around the world will gather for family meals and prayers. Some synagogues will organize large celebrations.

With the New Year Jews remember Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created…” God alone is the source of all things. God exists apart and beyond all things. He alone IS, and IS self-sufficient and self-existent.

Christians too worship the God of all who is the source of all things. We too remember that he created and now sustains all things. The world had a beginning, in him.  And also the world will have an end, again in him.

“Lord God, we bless you and praise you. You are the God and Lord, source and power of all power. You alone are creator. Out of love you have given life and existence beyond yourself. Thank you. Today, at Rosh Hashanah we remember you as the source of all things. All that is, is through you. We acknowledge our debt to you. Without you we would be nothing. Thank you too for the revelation of truth you have entrusted to your people, the Jews. Bless the Jewish community around the world today. Protect and provide for them. Lead them to know you in deeper ways. Show them their Messiah, deliverer and healer. Be forever praised!”



  • Margal Yaakov

    My name is Maregaal Yaakov of Hot Springs.
    Long ago the Karaites broke away from “rabbinica”l traditions for the Tanach alone. All scholars agree with the Karaites that the True biblical Jewish New Year is in Abib/Nisan, the same month of Pesach. Sh’mot/ Exodus 12:2 clearly says that HaShem decreed that the month of Abib/Nisan is when New Year takes place. Again, to back this up even further, in Leviicus 23 and Numbers 29 Yom Kippur and Succoth fall in the seventh month of the biblical calendar, not in the first month. Read it and see why the Rabbinical teachings don’t hold up to the biblical texts!! The tradition started when some rabbi misread Exodus 23, where the three annul feasts are mentioned. Some time around Alexander the Great is when Rosh HaShannah started to be observed by the high Jewish court. This mis-guided court disregarded all their holy traditions for their own man-made traditions. In the Mishna, made around 190ce, we see that this man-made custom was well intact and that the biblical text was disregarded by the time the Mishna was penned down. Karaites on the other hand and all biblical scholars know that the biblical New Year is actually in Spring, not at the end of Summer or the beginning of Fall.
    In truth, what occurs on this same day 9/8/2010 (after 6pm) to 9/9/2010 (until sunset) is the biblical feast of Chag Teruah (the Feast of Blowing or Trumpets). The reason for its existence are now lost to history, but it was probably instituted for the prep of other two special times later in the month, being Yom Kippur and Succoth.
    please visit ancientjudaism.org
    Maregaal (margel)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment DyedNstripZ

    HELLO & I hAVE ENJOYED FOLLOWING THIS ONE FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO: Maregaal (margel) Shalom & i hope the flock is all healthy!!!

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