L'shanah tovah - "For a good year"

Sunday at sundown marks the start of the Jewish New Year and Israel's High Holy Days. It's a remarkable season of new beginnings, prayer, and repentance. During Rosh Hashanah, Jews will frequently offer the Hebrew phrases "Shana Tova" meaning "A good year," or "Shana Tova U'Metukah," meaning a "A good and sweet year."

Rosh Hashanah (September 9-11) – is the beginning of the Yamim Nora'im (High Holy Days). 

In Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah celebrates the birthday of the universe – and the commemoration of the day that God created Adam and Eve. It is the start of the Jewish New Year, which is greeted by the sounding of the shofar, the lighting of candles, prayers, and feasts.

"Rosh Hashanah is followed by 10 days of repentance – or the '10 Days of Returning to God.'"  Then, the High Holy Days continue with Yom Kippur "when Jews gather in synagogue for 25 hours of fasting, prayer, and inspiration. It is regarded as the 'Sabbath of Sabbaths.' On this day forgiveness of sins is also asked of God," as described by Chabad.org.
Yom Kippur is followed by the holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection God provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. Simchat Torah is a time of reading the Torah scrolls. It's the only time of year the scrolls are taken out of the ark and read at night. This is a time of great rejoicing when Jews sing and dance around the Torah reading table in the synagogue.

+ + Christians in Defense of Israel is rallying friends like you to PRAY FOR THE NATION OF ISRAEL during their High Holy Days! 

Here are just a few of our prayer points along with the prayer for "a good and sweet year."

• Pray for the Jewish people during this time of renewal and repentance.  (Colossians 2:6-7)
• Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (Psalm 122:6)
• Pray for Israeli leaders.  (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Click here to simply say "YES! I'll join you in prayer for the nation of Israel and our Jewish brothers and sisters during their High Holy Days!  Your name will be immediately added as a prayer partner.

+ + When you pray for and bless Israel, you are invoking God's blessing on your life and on America.

In Genesis 12:3, God told Abraham, the father of the nation of Israel… "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Israel is at the very center of God's plans for our world yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And yet this tiny nation faces hostile enemies who want nothing more than to utterly destroy the Jewish state.
Click here to commit to pray for the nation of Israel during these High Holy Days of renewal and repentance. Your name will be immediately added as a prayer partner with thousands of other pro-Israel friends.  
God bless you. God bless Israel. And God bless America.

Mat Staver, President
Christians in Defense of Israel

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  • Mat Staver
    published this page in News 2018-09-10 16:59:41 -0400