September 19, 2020 | Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Even though we’re far from January 1, this weekend marks a New Year celebration—Rosh Hashanah, the fall feast that celebrates the Jewish New Year. God established this holiday as the Feast of Trumpets for the Israelites in Leviticus. It’s a happy celebration but also one of remembrance. Nothing symbolizes this better than the shofar, which is blown on Rosh Hashanah as a call to God asking Him to remember His people and act according to His covenant with them.

This special feast is both a New Year celebration and a chance to take a spiritual checkup, reminding us to ask ourselves, “How is my relationship with God? Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to convict me and draw me closer to Him?” We’ll examine three major Jewish fall feasts individually over the next three weeks, with Yom Kippur being the focus of our program next week.

The Feasts of Israel: Seasons of The Messiah

By Bruce Scott

The Bible is a Jewish book written by Jewish writers with a Jewish worldview. That means the holidays and feasts of the Old Testament have hidden meanings that are clear in a Jewish context that we should know too!

The Feasts of Israel: Seasons of the Messiah will teach you the fullness of Jesus’ ministry by explaining the rich symbolism of the feasts of Israel.


Apples of Gold: The Expert

Many arrive at the Western Wall early and read the psalms so fast that no one can understand them. They don’t care about truly knowing God’s Word; they just want to return to their homes as quickly as possible. Upon encountering some of these men at the wall, Zvi asked them if they knew what they were reading. They called on their rabbi to confront him, but Zvi was not afraid. Listen to find out what happened when he approached them with the truth of Scripture.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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