Season of Teshuvah

Season of Teshuvah

Written on 08/18/2018
Chuck Warner


Season of Teshuvah - 5778

  • Starts 1 of Elul
  • Last Month in Jewish Year - Elul
  • Teshuvah - Repent, Deeply Consecrate your life, Death, Rebirth - 2 Co 5:17
  • Preparation for Yamim Mora’im - “Days of Awe”
  • 40 days end on Yom Kippur
  • Jewish tradition 40 days are Yemei Ratzon - “Days of Favor” - Time Lord forgives Jewish nation for Golden Calf - Likened to days in womb - Ro 8:28-30; He 1:8
  • Repent or “turn [shuv] toward God”
  • Getting spiritual house in order
  • Blow Shofar every day until the day before Rosh Hashanah

Looking Back To The Season of Teshuvah - 5778

  • Concerns over what will happen
  • To whom shall I listen?
  • What did or did not happen and how did you react?

Year 2448 - 3,331 years ago

  • 15 Nissan, First Passover, Israel Leaves Egypt
  • 7 days - Red Sea, Last day of Passover
  • 50 days - 6 Sivan - Shavuot, Israel restored
  • 6 Sivan - Moses Ascends Mt. Sinai to receive Torah
  • 40 days - Moses on mountain, 10 Commandments
  • 17 Tammuz - Golden Calf destroyed with tablets
  • 18 Tammuz - Burned Golden Calf and judged the transgressors
  • 19 Tammuz - Moses goes up, pleads for mercy
  • 40 days - Last day of Av, Moses comes back
  • 1 Elul - Mose goes up to receive second tablets
  • 40 days - Moses on mountain
  • 10 Tishrei - Yom Kippur - Moses with new tablets, Day of Forgiveness [Ex 33:11]
  • Ex 19-34 - Moses journey up Mt. Sinai  

Moses and the Sapphire Tablets

  • Were the second set of tablets carved on sapphire?
  • Tablets were of supernatural origin - Blue Sapphire
  • Ex 24:10-12
  • Ex 34:1 - Second set same as first set
  • Both the first set [broken] and the second set were placed in ark
  • Blue cord on tallit as reminder

Preparation For Season of Teshuvah - 5779

  • Prepare my hearts and minds
  • Set a time and place to get close to God - Is 55:6

High Holy Days

  • 9 Sep [29 Elul] - Erv Rosh Hashanah - 5779 - Happy New Year - Sundown
  • 10 Sep [1 Tishrei] - Rosh Hashanah - 5779
  • 9-18 Sep - Days of Awe
  • 18 sep [9 Tishrei] - Erv Yom Kippur
  • 19 Sep [10 Tishrei] - Yom Kippur
  • 23 Sep [14 Tishrei] - Ever Sukkot
  • 24 Sep [15 Tishrei] - Sukkot

 

Questions For A Meaningful Life

  • When do I feel that my life is most meaningful? 
  • Those who mean the most to me -- have I ever told
    them how I feel? 
  • Are there any ideals I would be willing to die for? 
  • If I could live my life over, would I change anything? 
  • What would bring me more happiness than anything
    else in the world? 
  • What are my three most significant achievements since
    last Rosh Hashanah? 
  • What are the three biggest mistakes I've made since
    last Rosh Hashanah? 
  • What project or goal, if left undone, will I most regret
    next Rosh Hashanah? 
  • If I knew I couldn't fail, what would I undertake to
    accomplish in life? 
  • What are my three major goals in life? What am I doing
    to achieve them? What practical steps can I take in the
    next two months towards these goals? 
  • If I could only give my children three pieces of advice,
    what would they be?