Yom Ha T'ruah : Day of Trumpet Blasts

The autumn Biblical Feasts begin in the seventh month of the biblical calendar with Yom Ha T’ruah literally the Day of Trumpet (shofar) blasts. Being the seventh month, these appointed times parallel the idea of the seventh day being a Sabbath - as a set apart time - a special, holy time to seek the Lord. This season is a time of reflection, contemplation and putting things right in our relationship with God and each other. 

The haunting sound of the shofar blasts calls us to attention and heralds in this special time. The shofar is a hollowed out ram’s horn that is used for various purposes in the Old Testament, but especially for calling the people of God to attention. In modern times, this appointed time has become the Jewish New Year and is commonly referred to as Rosh Hashannah (literally the head of the year). It is fitting that we would begin a new year by getting ourselves right before God. New Year for the Jewish people is not about raucous partying but about repentance and getting ourselves in a right posture before a Holy God. 

For Messianic Jews today, this day of blowing the shofar is a reminder of the Lord’s imminent return at the sound of the trumpet. 

The Hebrew calendar days begin and end at sunset so Yom Ha T’ruah this year begins on the evening of 6th sept and ends at sunset on 7th sept.

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of Sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.’”  -  Leviticus 23:23-25

The following excerpt is from: God’s Goodness Through The Biblical Holidays by Melanie Moscovich. Life Publications, 2020 https://mmmoscovich.wixsite.com/book

“People listen to the sound of the shofar being blown on the first day of the month of Tishrei. The sound of the shofar has a compelling sound calling people to wake up spiritually and to think about the their ways from the previous year and what they need to change in the coming year. 

"After New Year, a ten day period begins for reflection and repentance which is completed on the tenth of Tishrei, the Day of Atonement. The days in between these holidays are known as the Days of Awe, Yamim Noraim and the Days of Return Teshuvah. 

"In Jewish tradition it is believed the Book of Life is opened at New Year and then sealed on the Day of Atonement and that God judges people at this time. Prayers of repentance are said in the hope that their names will be written in the Book of Life. 

"The book of Micah is read to remember God’s mercy,  You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)

"It is also customary for some Jewish people to go to a river bank or sea to recite Taschlich “casting” and throw small pieces of bread or small stones into the water as a symbolic way of remembering that God casts away their sins into the sea. 

"It is a time to seek forgiveness for individual sin and national sin and to pray for Israel’s redemption... People also seek forgiveness from others whom they need to make amends with...    

"The New Year is both a solemn and joyful holiday. Solemn in the seriousness of the need to confess sin and joyous in a time to return to God with the assurance of a new start with God in the coming year.”


Set aside some time to respond to God’s calling us to attention at the beginning of this new season. You could use the words of Psalm 139 to direct your prayers:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Put right anything the Holy Spirit draws your attention to. Thank the Lord that he has compassion on us and “hurls our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah7:19) 

A traditional blessing during this holy-day is to dip sliced apples in honey and bless each other with a sweet new year. Bless this new season in your life with the sweetness and fruitfulness only the Lord can bring.

If you would like to delve a bit deeper into the Biblical Feasts of the Lord. Melanie Moscovich has written a very useful book that will inform and inspire you. “God’s Goodness Through The Biblical Holidays” by Melanie Moscovich. Life Publications, 2020 https://mmmoscovich.wixsite.com/book