There Jews can just accept Jesus (a fellow Jew), be declared “saved” and know they will go to heaven. The challah is baked in a spiral shape symbolizing the continuity of Creation. For the season, Owen hit .317 with eight home runs and 96 RBI.
The summer is winding down, the school year is gearing up, and you want to throw a party. Lucky for you, September is chock-full of reasons why you should invite people over.
“Watch” is translated from the Greek word, gregoreo, meaning be awake. We can’t be awake every night, but there is only one night in the year that believers were commanded to watch. It was Passover, Exodus 12:10,42. Christ understood this and asked His disciples to watch (Matt 26:38-41) but we think it was only because He knew what was coming that night.
As it had in ancient times, the shofar is significant to the celebration of Yom Kippur also called the Day of Atonement. Taking place on the 10th day of Tishrei, Yom Kippur is recognized as a day of fasting and rest. Since the blowing of the shofar is considered a call for repentance, on this Day, Jewish people around the world seek to atone for their sins. The special horn is sounded at the end of the fast.
It is common, therefore, to find Rosh Hashana cards with a picture of the Lord, sitting in judgment upon His throne, with two books open before Him. These are the Book of Life and the Book of Death. Those who have been totally righteous are immediately inscribed in the Book of Life. The evil and wicked, on the other hand, are immediately written down in the Book of Death.
If you’re in the market for a decorative shofar, expect to pay anywhere from $100 for a silver-plated ram’s horn, to $400 or more for a sterling silver-plated Yemenite shofar. Anointing shofars are typically $100. Note that decorative shofars are not kosher and should not be used on Rosh Hashanah.
If we use this time wisely, by reflecting on our past actions, regretting our mistakes and sincerely vow never to repeat them, we will be forgiven and sealed in the Book of Life. This is the accepted tradition.
Yes, I believe in world peace, but when religion runs your world and you plan your life around it, it is extremely difficult to come to terms about anything when you live in a country where half of the population calls you a blasphemous criminal.