BY JONAH DOCTURA | 2015
The whole month of Elul is a 30-day process of preparation through personal examination and repentance for the coming High Holy Days.
Teshuvah is a special Hebrew season, that means "to return or repent". It begins on the first day of the month of Elul and continues 40 days, ending with Yom Kippur. Thirty days into Teshuvah, on Tishrei 1, comes Rosh HaShanah.
Rosh HaShanah marks the Jewish New Year and is a part of the season of repentance. Rosh in Hebrew means "chief" or "head" and shanah means "year". Rosh HaShanah is the head of the year on the civil calendar, and is also known as the birthday of the world since the world was created on this day.
Rosh HaShanah is referred to in the Torah as Yom Teruah, the Day of the Sounding of the Shofar. Teruah means "an awakening blast" - the theme is "to awake". The first coming of Yeshua is associated with a shout in Zechariah 9:9. The ultimate shout or final blast is in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
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