- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2007 at 6:39 AM
Yom Teru`ah is a holiday on the 1st day of the Seventh Month (Tishrai). The rabbis wrongly call it New Years ("Rosh Ha-Shanna") when really it is a Day of Shouting (Teru`ah) in prayer to God.
On the 1st day of the Seventh Month (Tishray) the Torah commands us to observe a "Day of Shouting" (Wayiqra/Lev 23,23-25; BeMidbar/Nu 29,1-6) on which work is forbidden. This holiday is widely known today by the Rabbinic label "Rosh Ha-Shanna". The Jewish Bible never calls this holiday "Rosh Ha-Shanna" but instead variously calls it Yom Teru`ah (Day of Shouting) and Zichron Teru`ah (Remembrance of Shouting). The rabbis renamed the holiday Rosh Ha-Shanna (New Years) claiming the Jewish year actually begins in Tishray. But it is immediately apparent that the Jewish Bible refers to this holiday as falling out in the Seventh Month (Tishray is a later name never used in the Torah). How could New Years fall out in the Seventh month?!
The actual beginning of the year is described in Shemot/Ex 12,2 which states "This month will be for you the beginning of months; It is first of the months of the year". After this explicit statement the Torah proceeds to describe the ceremony of the Passover sacrifice which is to take place in this First Month. Similarly, Wayiqra/Lev 23 and BeMidbar/Nu 28 list the holidays and both passages describe Passover in the First Month and Yom Teru`ah in the Seventh Month. Thus there can be no question that the "beginning of months" mentioned in Shemot/Ex 12,2 refers to the first of Nissan (in which Passover is celebrated) and not to Yom Teru`ah which takes place in the Seventh Month.
The rabbis claim that later in the Tanakh Yom Teru`ah is referred to as Rosh Ha-Shanna. Indeed, the expression "Rosh Ha-Shanna" does appear in Ez/Yehezqel 40,1 which reads "In the beginning of the year (Rosh Ha-Shanna) on the tenth of the month". The fact that Ez 40,1 refers to the tenth day of "Rosh Ha-Shanna" makes it clear that the reference here is to the ENTIRE First Month and not to the first day of the year. Even if Yehezqel is referring to the 1st day of the 1st month there is no justification to say he is referring to anything other than the 1st day of Nissan (First Month).
Undoubtedly the rabbis felt a need to associate Yom Teru`ah with New Years because they felt uncomfortable that the Jewish Bible does not give us a reason for celebrating this holiday as it does for all of the other Biblical holidays (such as the Exodus for Hag Ha-Masot and Harvest for Shavu`ot). However, the true nature of Yom Teru`ah can be adduced from its name. In the Jewish Bible, "Teru`ah" means to make a loud noise either by blowing a horn (e.g. Shofar Lev/Wayiqra 25,9; Silver Trumpets Nu/BeMidbar 10,5-6) or by shouting in prayer (Tehilim/Ps 100,1). The purpose of Yom Teru`ah then was probably to shout to YHWH in prayer similar to the idea commonly expressed in the Psalms such as "Shout unto God with a singing voice!" (Tehilim/Ps 47,2) which uses the same verbal root as "Teru`ah". The rabbis claim that this noise making can only be done with a Shofar (ram's horn). There is no Biblical evidence for this assertion and on the contrary, as has been shown the word "Teru`ah" can indicate various methods of noise making from shouting in prayer to blowing on the Silver Trumpets (BeMidbar/Nu 10) all of which the Jewish Bible describes as acts of worshipping YHWH (see also Psalm 150).
Biblical Verses which mention Yom Teru`ah:
Wayiqra/Lev 23,23-25 "And YHWH spoke unto Moshe saying, Speak to the Children of Yisra'el, saying: In the Seventh Month on the first of the month will be a day of rest (Shabbaton) for you, a Remembrance of Shouting, a holy convocation. You shall do no work and you will bring a fire sacrifice to YHWH."
BeMidbar/Nu 29,1-6 "And in the Seventh Month on the first of the month will be a holy convocation for you; you shall do no work, it will be a Day of Shouting for you. [List of Sacrifices for Yom Teru`ah.]"
Report this post as:
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Change Links 2018 July posted
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings)
Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico
Change Links May 2018
Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018
Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018!
Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A.
Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released
Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups
More Local News...
14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head
Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy
Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies
Paraphysique de l'intelligence
Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record
Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals.
Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries
The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally!
The System Question as a Survival Question
Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control
Du pain et des jeux
Paraphysique de martyrologie
Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator
Democratic Socialists of America
Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's
Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento
FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution?
Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians
The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally!
Social Policy as Social Infrastructure
Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud
Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner..
June 2018 Honduras coup update
Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support
New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients
Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation
Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why
Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme )
More Breaking News...