Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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Rosh Hashanah

Ten Reasons to Blow the Shofar

The Torah commands the Jewish people to blow the shofar on Rosh HaShanah as a memorial, but it does not indicate what the blowing of the shofar memorializes. The sages offered various attempts to explain the festival. They searched through the Scriptures for references to shofars and trumpet blasts and derived a plethora of different remembrances.

The Shofar and the Fall Festivals

Rosh HaShanah occurs on the biblical calendar as the next appointed time after the festival of Shavu’ot. Ever since the bestowing of the Spirit at Pentecost we have been awaiting His return. The years have passed and turned into centuries. His disciples still wait for the sound of His trumpet that will herald His return.

Rosh Hashanah

The appointed times of the spring—Passover, Unleavened Bread, the Omer and Pentecost—have all seen some sort of Messianic fulfillment in the passion of our Master Yeshua and the giving of the Holy Spirit. The lull between the spring festivals and...

Isaac and Rosh HaShanah

The birth of Isaac can be compared to the coming of Messiah. Isaac is the promised and long-awaited son. Just as Isaac was born at the appointed time, so too Messiah will come at the time appointed by the Father. The appointed time of Rosh HaShanah with its service of trumpet blasting is an appropriate time to celebrate the anticipated second coming of Yeshua.