occurs on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, usually in September. Traditionally, it marks the Jewish New Year and is a day of prayer, self-examination, and repentance. It’s marked by the blowing of the trumpet (shofar), and is believed to prophesy Yeshua’s second coming.
1. A few weeks before the Feast:
- Plan a festive meal that incorporates apples and honey, which are traditional for Rosh Hashanah, symbolizing a sweet new year. Also, round challah bread is commonly used to symbolize the cycle of the year.
- Plan to read scriptures and prayers that focus on repentance and forgiveness.
2. A few days before the Feast:
- Purchase fresh ingredients for your meal, and if possible, a shofar.
- Prepare any parts of the meal that can be made in advance.
3. Day of the Feast:
- Decorate your home with symbols of the New Year, like apples and honey.
- Prepare your festive meal.
During the Feast of Trumpets:
This is a day of rest and no work is to be done. Begin the day with a special prayer service, including the blowing of the shofar, and a time of self-examination and repentance.
Meal Ideas and Recipes:
- Apple and Honey Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1/4 cup honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then place in a baking dish.
- Arrange the apple slices on and around the chicken.
- Drizzle the honey over the chicken and apples.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
- Round Challah Bread
Refer to the Challah Bread recipe mentioned in the Feast of Weeks section, but shape the dough into a round loaf instead of braiding it.
- Apple and Honey Dessert
- 4 apples
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Core the apples and place them in a baking dish.
- Drizzle a tablespoon of honey into each apple, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 30-35 minutes, until the apples are soft.
During this feast, focus on reflection, repentance, and a new start for the year to come.
Stay tuned for our next post where we will guide you through the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).