Rosh Hashanah Ingathering 5774

Special to The Log

On the first day of the seventh month is one of God’s appointed times, a Biblical Festival known as the Feast of Trumpets. 

A Biblical celebration for the entire family will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Fellowship Hall at Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Miramar Beach, with lots of shofar blowing, dancing, and great teachings.

In Judaism the Feast of Trumpets is typically called Rosh HaShanah which means “Head of the Year.” The Biblical reference to this festival can be found in Leviticus 23:23, 24: In the seventh month, on first day of the month, it will be for you a Sabbath, a trumpet blast memorial, a sacred assembly. All regular work you shall not do, and you shall cause to be brought near to the LORD an offering made by fire.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year.  Another popular practice of the holiday is Tashlikh, “casting off.” We walk to flowing water, such as a creek or river, on the afternoon of the first day and empty our pockets into the river, symbolically casting off our sins.

As Christians, we look to Rosh HaShanah as a shadow of the Messiah, Jesus. At the celebration on Sept. 6, there will be teachings on how God’s appointed time of Rosh HaShanah or Feast of Trumpets points to the return of Jesus and the ingathering of the Jewish people to Israel.  

For free nursery for the event, email No dinner will be served. Traditional apples and honey reception follows the teaching. This is a family celebration with five Shofar sounders and a teaching by Claire Ogle, ordained minister and executive director of Hosanna House.