Feast of Trumpets
Feast of Trumpets, or Yom Teruah, begins on September 4 on our Gregorian calendar.
Feast of Trumpets begins the Jewish High Holy Days and Ten Days of Repentance with the blowing of the ram's horn, the shofar, calling God's people together to repent from their sins.
“The Feast of Trumpets begins with Rosh Hashanah. The solemnizations continue for Ten Days of Repentance, culminating on Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. On this final day of the High Holy Days, Jewish tradition tells how God opens the Book of Life and studies the words, actions, and thoughts of every person whose name he has written there. If a person's good deeds outweigh or outnumber their sinful acts, his or her name will remain inscribed in the book for another year.” Mary Fairchild, About.com
“During Rosh Hashanah synagogue services, the trumpet traditionally sounds 100 notes. Rosh Hashanah is also the start of the civil year in Israel. It is a solemn day of soul-searching, forgiveness, repentance and remembering God's judgment, as well as a joyful day of celebration, looking forward to God's goodness and mercy in the New Year.”
The Feast of Trumpets is the first of three “Set Apart Times.” These times are holy convocations, a time when God has called a gathering of His people. Erev Rosh Hashanah, or Feast of Trumpets, is September 4. Rosh Hashanah is September 5-6. Yom Kippur Eve is September 13 with Yom Kippur being September 14. Sukkot (Booths or Tabernacles) begins on the evening of Sept. 18, 2013, and lasts for eight days. Shemini Atzeret is September 26, and Simchat Torah is September 27.
Please contact your area temple for specific times and information