A New Year

Tishrei is the seventh month of the biblical calendar year when counting the months from Nisan. The name "Tishrei" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is simply referred to as "the seventh month," as in Leviticus 23:24, "Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month..." Yet, in Judaism, Tishrei is also considered the beginning of a new civil year. How can the seventh month of the calendar be a new year? Well, in actuality, the biblical calendar has multiple "new years" in regards to different events. The numbering of the months proceeds...

TOPICSatonement, etrog, fasting, Feast of Tabernacles, lulav, new year, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Tishrei, Yom Kippur

Renewal, Repentance and Restoration

"Chag Sameach and Yom Tov! A joyous and good festival to you!" This is a common greeting heard throughout the month of Tishrei. Why? There are more festivals and holy days in this month of the biblical calendar than any other. Each of these appointed times have a unique thrust. Yet even with the diverse motifs of each day, there is a common thread — renewal, repentance, and restoration. These are key components to a biblical worldview. One definition of restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place or condition. Since Adam and Eve were cast...

TOPICSdays of awe, Feast of Tabernacles, new year, repentance, restoration, Rosh Hashanah, shofar, Simchat Torah, Sukkot, Tishrei, Yom Kippur