The Days of Awe is a special period of ten days that begins on Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah is the Hebrew New Year according to the civil calendar, but it is also called The Birthday of the World as it celebrates the “anniversary” of the creation of Adam and Eve.
During Rosh Hashanah (the evening of 9/13/15) the shofar is sounded as a call to repentance. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Days of Awe, a period of time for introspection and repentance. It is believed that Yom Kippur (the evening of 9/22/15) is a time of repentance and restoration between God and mankind, while the Days of Awe is a time to seek forgiveness and make amends between man and man– a time for mankind to seek reconciliation with one another, and if possible right the wrongs committed.
Jewish tradition holds the belief that judgment is pronounced on each person on Rosh Hashanah, but it is not made absolute or “sealed” until Yom Kippur. The ten Days of Awe are therefore a special opportunity to mend one’s ways in order to alter the judgment in one’s favor. The actions that can impact this decree are “teshuvah, tefilah and tzedakah”—repentance, prayer and good deeds.
The concept of judgment and decrees has a negative connotation to many, but allow me to remind you that judgment is simply the formation of an opinion after consideration, or as Merriam-Webster states, “a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion.” Judgment is the friend of those who desire right standing with God. When your life is right with God, a judgment should be a “formal utterance” of reward—it should not be feared, but rather something you are looking forward to. Judgment is a friend of the righteous!
As a Believer, I view the Days of Awe as a beautiful picture of salvation. Is it not true of each of us that we deserve a judgment that is not in our favor? And yet, through Jesus we have the opportunity to repent, to “teshuvah,” to return to the Lord. Is it not also true that this life is but a vapor? The Days of Awe also act as a reminder to me that our days to seek reconciliation with our family and friends are numbered. I would encourage you to take advantage of this reminder during this special season and seek to make amends with one another. Begin the new year with purified hands, a clean heart and healed relationships. Begin the new year right with both God and man.
Happy New Year from all of us at My Olive Tree! Thank you for your friendship and support and most of all thank you for sponsoring trees and vines as gifts of peace and reconciliation! May the seed you have sown return a bountiful harvest.
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Our mission is to create a partnership between the Evangelical community and the nation of Israel; this partnership will produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects in Israel. We envision the planting of one-million olive trees over the next seven years. This relationship was prophesied in the Bible centuries ago, that the foreigners and strangers (those not of Jewish descent) would help rebuild the walls of Israel and cause the desert to bloom (Isa 35:1). Among other things, this reforestation is an environmental blessing for the entire region. May all who participate in this project be blessed body, soul and spirit; it is time for you to take root in Israel!