SUNDAY POST: Rosh Hashanah 5777 (Oct. 2 - Oct. 3, 2016)

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Oct 022016


“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’” (Leviticus 23:23–25).

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Facts about Rosh Hashanah:

What: It is the birthday of the universe, the day G‑d created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.

When: The first two days of the Jewish year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1.

How: Candle lighting in the evenings, festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, prayer services that include the sounding of the ram’s horn (shofar) on both mornings, and desisting from creative work.

Why Rosh Hashanah Is Important

Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the Year.” Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year.

As we read in the Rosh Hashanah prayers, each year on this day “all inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die … who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.”

It is a day of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity and blessing. But it is also a joyous day when we proclaim G‑d King of the Universe.

● The most common name for this holiday is Rosh Hashanah, the name used in the eponymous tractate of Talmud devoted to the holiday.

● The Torah refers to this day as Yom Teruah (Day of Shofar Blowing).

● In our prayers, we often call it Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance) and Yom Hadin (Day of Judgement) since this is the day when G‑d recalls all of His creations and determines their fate for the year ahead.

First Priority: Hear the Shofar (The ram’s horn represents the ram that was caught in the thicket, when Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac)

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofarthe ram’s horn, on both mornings of the holiday (except if the first day is Shabbat, in which case we blow the shofar only on the second day).

The first 30 blasts of the shofar are blown following the Torah reading during morning services, and as many as 70 are then blown during (and immediately after) the Musaf service. Many communities listen to 100 blasts over the course of the Rosh Hashanah morning services.

The shofar blowing contains a series of three types of blasts: tekiah, a long sob-like blast; shevarim, a series of three short wails; and teruah, at least nine piercing staccato bursts.

The blowing of the shofar represents the trumpet blast that is sounded at a king’s coronation. Its plaintive cry also serves as a call to repentance. The shofar itself recalls the Binding of Isaac, an event that occurred on Rosh Hashanah in which a ram took Isaac’s place as an offering to G‑d.

Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Yamim Nora’im (High Holidays). The holy day of Yom Kippur when we gather in synagogue for 25 hours of fasting, prayer and inspiration, is just a week later. The days in between (known as the 10 Days of Repentance, or the Ten Days of Return) are an especially propitious time for teshuvah, returning to G‑d. Yom Kippur is followed by the joyous holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

CLICK the blue headline link at top to read about the PRAYERS recited during Rosh Hashanah.



SUNDAY POST: Confessing Our Sins

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Sep 252016


When Jesus went to the cross He forgave us all our sins by nailing them to His cross and dying for them. As soon as you became a believer every sin of your life was washed away in His precious blood.

Confessing our sins will restore our submission to God, by admitting and agreeing with Him that what we did was sinful.  1 John 1:9 says if we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Our pastor (Dan) teaches us how to repent well, “Repent quickly and repent often.”

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Drop a Letter to God in the Mail. You Won’t Believe Where it Ends Up

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Sep 242016


Breaking Israel News: “Every year, hundreds of letters addressed only “To God”, sent from around the world, are delivered straight to God’s house. Where is that? Jerusalem, of course!

In Hebrew, in English, and in dozens of other languages, the envelopes arrive. Written on them: “To God”, “לאלוהים”, “Our Father in Heaven”, “Kotel”, “Temple Mount”, and many more. The letters make their way to the Israel Post Office’s Lost and Found, but the journey doesn’t end there.

Twice annually, these letters are collected by the Post Office and hand-delivered to God’s front door: the Western Wall, known also as the Kotel – the last surviving remnant of the Holy Temples which stood on the Mount over 2,000 years ago, and which God designated as his dwelling-place.

Before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and again before Christmas, each note is carefully squeezed between the stones of the ancient wall in hopes that God will listen – and answer.”

Opinion: As interesting as this is, it does not compare to the eternal God hearing our prayers:

  • Psalms 34:17
  • Psalm 65:2
  • Psalm 66:19-20
  • Proverbs 15:29
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Hebrews 4:15-16
  • Hebrews 11:6

Do you know Him?




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Aug 282016

Have you ever thought about the freedom we have because of our belief in our redemption by Jesus Christ? we are a new creation – 2 Cor. 5:17; Ephesians 4:22-24 we are no longer under judgment – John 3:18; John 5:24 we are saved by grace through faith – Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-9 we will


DNC ‘Interfaith’ Prayer Space Has No Sign Of Any Religion Except Islam

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Jul 272016
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The Daily Caller: “PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Convention has curtained off several “interfaith” spaces for prayer, but the only sign of religion in any of the spaces is Islam. Convention goers looking to get in touch with the god of their choice can visit the “Interfaith Prayer Room” on the first floor of the Wells

Jun 222016
UN Boss: “Lord Buddha” Can Help “Enlighten” World

The New American:”Traditional Dutch Christmas celebrations might be a violation of what the United Nations describes as “international law,” but Buddhism and “Lord Buddha” can help “enlighten” the world and advance the UN’s controversial Agenda 2030, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ironically, just this week, the UN accused Burmese Buddhists of committing potential crimes


SUNDAY POST: If A Pot Could Talk

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Jun 052016
SUNDAY POST: If A Pot Could Talk

IF A POT COULD TALK Author Unknown  Isaiah 45:9; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6; Lamentations 4:2 If a pot could talk, what would it say, About the shape that it’s in and how it got that way? Would it say: “Put me back in the ground from whence I came. Since you dug me up, I’ve

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