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Observation of Jewish New Year. Should We?

What Should Be YOUR Observation of Jewish New Year?

Stephen Newdell

My comments about High Holy Days in Judaism:

The High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar are often significant and may signal a change in the society or the world, economics, politics, war; there are many possibilities.

The end of the Jewish calendar year falls around the end of September and beginning of October. It’s a time of fasting and prayer and begging forgiveness of God and everyone for sins we have committed. Interesting, we were told numerous times that Jesus was debated and threatened because He said He could forgive someone his sin. No one but God can do that!, they said.  Now Jews contact friends and beg forgiveness. That’s all friendly and good but I think it misses the mark.

I think we should direct our thinking toward God and The Living Word of God which walked amongst us and was called YeShuah or God with us, our savior, Jesus our Christ. Don’t expect people and ceremonies done at calculated times to save you. God sent a savior, himself in the flesh and he took a terrible beating and died in your place. If you reject what He did and replace it with Jewish ceremonies you are so far off the mark you are committing serious Sin. One of the definitions of the word “sin” means (in archery) to have missed the mark or the bulls eye.

Look at this to understand a bit and then recognize you should not reject our savior and “miss the mark.”


Hello! Here is important information for Yom Kippur 2019Let’s begin with the dates:

Yom Kippur 2019 begins at sunset on October 8 (the evening service begins with Kol Nidre) and ends at nightfall on October 9,

When Is Yom Kippur in Other Years?


When Is Rosh Hashanah in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025?

Hello! Here is important information for Rosh Hashanah 2019. Let’s begin with the dates:

  • Rosh Hashanahbegins September 29 at sundown and it concludes at nightfall on October 1.

I found this very interesting. It shows how far Judaism has gone with their keeping of times and laws and dates and prayers and good deeds. Their only problem, of course, is that they rejected the messiah. They KNOW what happened when Jesus died. They know what it must mean too! But still they reject His holiness and replace it with this. If you want the live calculator you’ll have to refer to the address here:

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At the root of Judaism is the idea that Jews must help restore the world to the perfection it was before Satan fell from grace, raged, tempted Adam, and destroyed the world and almost destroyed humanity too. We certainly can theorize the history is far older than the Adam and Eve story in Genesis.

Much of Judaism surrounds doing good for others, and particularly doing it in secret so that no one will thank the giver, and thus only God knows and only God will reward the woman or man for her or his kindness. There are several folk tales intended to illustrate the point. Someone wants to pay his annual fee to help maintain the temple and he has nothing. He is hungry and his life is a shambles. A wealthy citizen puts money into an envelope and slips it under his door at night and in the morning the poor man finds the money, praises God and gives his rightful due to the Temple so that he can continue to pray with others in his community and sustain himself while he finds a way to make a living. This is the heart of Judaism – to do good for others and help restore the world to perfection.

Then there are during the High Holy Days at the end of September and beginning of October, observances which ideally should be done at particular times. It’s all very well but completely distracting from the real issue.

And what is that?

The real issue is “Messiah” the savior. The prophets told us to watch for him and told us what signs to see to be sure this particular one was the true Messiah and we found him. Without doubt he was YeShua / Jesus the Christ and He was God in the form of a flesh and blood man, walking amongst us. He died exactly at the right time as the Passover Lamb, and he took upon himself the sins of all humankind. The beating and torture he suffered would have killed nearly anyone, but he survived it to fulfil the righteous predictions that he had to die in the most humiliating manner; to be hung on a cross or “tree” bloody and naked before the world right by the city dump so that when he would breath his last his corpse would be thrown into the dump and be eaten by wild animals as a final obliteration, never to be taken to God. All of one’s struggles and sacrifices and prayers would then have become as if they never happened; a life lived and totally lost!

When the true Messiah died that day there was darkness, an earth quake, and the great thick curtain across the Holy of Holies was torn down the middle from top to bottom, symbolizing that now man could enter and speak directly to God. Humans and God were no longer estranged and alienated. Now at last they could come together.

The high rabbi’s that took care of the Holy of Holies had other signs in the way the lamp oil was being used up, and in numerous ways they knew something hugely significant had changed. But, they would not admit to it openly. In this way their sin was (for me) incomprehensible. They “covered up” what God had done to rescue humankind! They denied Messiah and denied the unpronounceably named perfect Infinite One! Today they continue to make sacrifices which are no longer needed or required because Jesus was that final sacrifice. Jesus was tortured to death for You, to take away the punishment that You and I deserve.

I personally reject this and believe it is so far off the target of what G-d wants for us I won’t have anything to do with it. I know of nothing in which The Messiah YaShuah/ Jesus said we were required to do all of this for our salvation.

So now it’s Friday October 11, 2019 at 3:AM and I can’t sleep because of this article, because of this issue. In the darkness I awaken and pray to thank God for my little home in South East Asia, where the weather is warm and the poverty intermingles with people supporting fast food shops and in the evening sitting on the sidewalk elderly toothless women hold up a plastic cup and beg for money and I empty my pocket of coins. It’s never enough but it’s what I have and I can only thank God for what simple home I have and say again that I seek his face and his voice and his hands so that I might with my hands do much more good before the end of my life.

This is the start of what the Chabad web page concerning the observance of the high holy days looks like. It’s all very interesting and a bit beyond my understanding of mathematics and astronomical observations. I might feel guilty that I don’t keep all of these observations, but I realize now that I think most or all of us should completely reject this and instead pray that by the power of the holy sacrificial blood of Jesus our Christ we be forgiven of our sins,  accepted into God’s New Kingdom to be restored here on Earth as the restored Garden of Eden, and therein live forever as a child, student, worker for, and subject of the King YeShua/Jesus our Savior.

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