TwelveTotems.org wish all who remember and observe “Shanah Tovah U’metukah” (“A Good and Sweet Year”) beginning with the celebration of the biblical feast of Yom Teruah (“Day of Blasts”), known in modern times as “Rosh HaShanah” (“Head of the Year”). Yom Teruah is a biblical holiday Yah commanded B’nei Israel to commemorate annually on the first day of the seventh month (1st of Ethanim/Tishrei) with the blowing of shofars (“trumpets”) and a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:23-25). This day is the first of the High Holidays and work is forbidden. After the end of the Babylonian Exile, Yom Teruah became known alternatively as “Rosh HaShanah,” marking the beginning of Jewish civil year. The year number advances on Ethanim/Tishrei 1; this upcoming new year will be 5778 according to the Hebrew calendar.
According to Talmudic tradition, both Adam and Eve were created on Rosh HaShanah; the holiday also marks the beginning of the 10-day period until Yom Kippur known as “Yamim Nora’im” (“Days of Awe”). Beginning on Yom Teruah, all creation goes on trial before Yah for judgment. During this 10-day period, all creation has the opportunity to petition Yah for a favorable judgment for the coming year – the verdict is sealed on Yom Kippur. The holiday therefore is a wake-up call for all of us to make every effort to improve our relationship with Yah, with each other and with His creation at large.
This year, Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah begins at sundown Wednesday, September 20, 2017, and ends sunset Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Land of Israel. Chag Sameach! Happy 5778! May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year!