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Sound of the Shofar

Yom Teruah is the Day of the Blowing of the Shofar from Leviticus 23.  What we do know, is that there will be a great sound of a shofar in the last days. Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets. Although widely known as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, that’s not its scriptural name. In fact, all its biblical references use trumpets (or shofars), while none reference a new year.

Yom Teruah occurs on the first day of the seventh month of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, This year the feast is observed from sundown on September sixth till sundown on September seventh.

Shofar
Aaonic Blessing Scroll


What is the Aaronic Blessing?

The Aaronic Blessing, so named because the Lord told Moses in Numbers 6:22/23 to instruct his brother Aaron and his sons to pray it. Aaron was Israel’s first high priest, thus the prayer is often called the Priestly Blessing.

Hebrew



English Translation

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you
and grant you peace.

(Messianic addition)
In the Name of Jesus our Messiah.

Rabbi Ted Simon


The Sign of the Blessing

In the picture, Ted Simon demonstrates the hand formation often used when praying the Aaronic Blessing. The blessor will separate his fingers in a kind of v shape to represent the Hebrew letter shin  , the first letter in one of the names of God, Shaddai, meaning Almighty. This hand configuration was made popular in the TV series Star Trek by Leonard Nimoy, a Jewish actor portraying the Vulcan character Mr. Spock. 

The Blessing


Jeffrey D. Miller giving the Blessing as Closing Benediction

Typically, the rabbi or the cantor will chant the blessing with his arms raised and extended toward the congregation. This is exemplified in Leviticus 9:22, “Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering.” 

We finish our program each day with a portion of the Aaronic Blessing.

Listen HERE as Jeffrey D. recites it in full.

The popular new worship song “The Blessing,” is based on the Aaronic Blessing. The writers of the song, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Chris Brown and Steven Furtick, emphasize the continuing nature of God’s desire to bless.  Here’s an excellent rendition of the song presented at a recent worship service by Jeffrey D.'s son, Nathan, and his worship team.

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