Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Beginnings, New Hopes, New Starts, New Chances!

Today, September 13th, 2015 (at sundown), the Jewish New Year begins.  Called Rosh Hashanah, it is a time of new beginnings, new hopes, new starts, new chances!  Every one looks forward to the chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.  The celebrations are happy and infectious!

As believers in Jesus Christ, we get to experience this "new beginning" at the moment of our salvation:

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 
The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Berean Literal Bible

And every day after is a new beginning!

 
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 English Standard Version 

Sometimes the familiar becomes mundane, and we no longer recognize the prize at our fingertips.  This is why it is good to visit the reality of the greatness deserving such celebration as a way to energize ourselves!  So lets refresh our precious promises with the celebratory ways of Rosh Hashanah!
 
 May your new beginnings open the doors to the richest blessings!

Enjoy this delightful musical parody by the fun and talented Israeli group, the “Fountainheads.” The song includes all the symbols of Rosh Hashana like blowing the shofar and dipping an apple in honey for a sweet new year! Lyrics below the video:




Tekia, shevarim, terua x2  (sounds of the shofar)
A new year rising
A new beginning
Lift your heard up, turn yourself ‘round, the world is spinning
Feel the magic of a new day
Open your heart to a fresh start, send your fears away
You’ve made mistakes- you feel it
You’ve got what it takes – believe it
Any wrong can be made right
Just forgive you need not fight
Shana tova u Metuka – its Rosh Hashana (Good and sweet year)
Shana tova, u’metuka
Dip your apple in the honey, on Rosh Hashana
It’s Rosh Hashana

So many new hopes
Waiting to find you
Open your eyes
The dreams you prize are all around you
The smiles are hiding
No use in guessing
Make up your mind, go out and find
That simple blessing
This is your time – you feel it
How sweet it is – believe it
Any wrong can be made right
Just forgive you need not fight
Shana Tova u Metuka – its Rosh Hashana

Aneinu – shana tova

Shana tova, u’metuka
Dip your apple in the honey on Rosh Hashana
Shana tova, u’metuka
Hear the sounds of jubilation – its Rosh hashana

Yehi Ratzon shenihiyeh – rosh- lo zanav (May it be Your Will that we will be like the head and not the tail)
Filling life for those around us with joy and love
Avinu malkeinu chaneinu veanaeinu (Our Father, Our King, Have mercy on us and answer us)
Hear our prayer Oh Lord
Inscribe us in the book of life

Chaneinu vaeinenu, shana tova

Shana tova, u’metuka
Dip your apple in the honey – on Rosh Hashana
Hear the sounds of jubilation – its Rosh hashana

Give us life Lord
And sustain us
Oh deliver us
To salvation

It is New Year
On Rosh Hashana
Make your loved ones smile
It’s Rosh Hashana
Open your hearts to one another its Rosh hashana
It’s Rosh Hashana

Lyrics found on Your Jewish Speech


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