The new moon of Yom Teruah was sighted tonight in Jerusalem, Israel. This marks the 7th Biblical month. What is Yom Teruah and why did I not say Rosh Hashanah? Here is the Aaron notes version…
Yom Teruah is the tradition called the “day of trumpets.” It is a Biblical feast and is explained in Leviticus 23:23-25 and in Numbers 29:1-6. It can also be called the Day of Shouting. Why? Because the word Teruah is the same Hebrew word used for shouting by Joshua and the Israelites at the walls of Jericho. What’s really interesting is that the Bible does not say what the purpose of this day is. It does, however, give us some clues that may provide some insight. Yom Teruah is literally a day of loud noise. In Leviticus 23:24, Yom Teruah is referred to as Zichron Teruah…or the “Remembrance Shout” or “Mentioning Shout.” What is this referring to? It may refer to a day of public prayer with shouts of praise in unison to God. It is possible, that with everything that is coming in the seventh month, God is preparing them through prayer.
Why do we hear so much about Rosh Hashanah then? The switch from Yom Teruah to Rosh Hashanah (New Years) is a result of Babylonian influence. During the time in Babylon, the people of Israel began to use the Babylonian months. The Babylonians had a lunar-solar calendar similar to the biblical calendar. The result was that Yom Teruah often fell on the same day as the Babylonian new year. Over time Yom Teruah became Rosh Hashanah.
There is a lot more to this but that is the short version. So, whether you are celebrating Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah, let us focus on the Father of all creation and PUSH…Pray Until Something Happens!!!