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Leah Lesesne

A Day for Blowing Trumpets: Why we Blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah

You might have noticed that Rosh Hashanah isn’t mentioned anywhere in scripture. What is mentioned is Yom Teruah – The Day of Shouting (Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 29:1-6). Rosh Hoshanah means Head of the Year, since the 1st of Tishrei is recognized at the beginning of the Jewish civil year. The first month of the Hebrew …

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A Different Kind of Time

Our Gregorian calendar has served us well with organizing time, but has disconnected us from the natural rhythms the rest of creation follows. The Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar starting each month with the new moon. The days also start at sunset rather than sunrise. “God called the light “day,” and He called the …

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The Hebrew Calendar

The Hebrew Months The months of the Hebrew year are: Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishrei, Chesvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, and Adar. Each month holds unique spiritual significance and areas ripe for healing. Here is a quick overview of the focus for each month. Nisan (Starts in March or April) The month of Nisan …

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