September/October 2012 – Give Heed To The Sound Of The Shofar!
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter
Volume 29, Number 1 September/October 2012 Elul/Tishrei 5773
**High Holy Days begin Sept.16
**KA Fundraiser Dinner, Nov.3
Give Heed To The Sound Of The Shofar!
By Rabbi Barney Kasdan
Fall is indeed a special time of year. The kids are back to school. Schedules once again become more predictable. Even in Southern California, the weather may have just a touch of coolness to it which reminds us all of the approach of a new season. Of course, it is a unique time if you are Jewish as well for we embark on the most holy time of our religious calendar; namely the High Holy Days. Commencing on the evening of the first of Tishrei (September 16 this year), our people around the world will be assembling together to contemplate the meaning of Rosh Hashanah (New Year). So many themes are evident during the services; repentance, prayer, reviewing the year in light of God’s call on our life. Certainly the most graphic symbol of Rosh Hashanah must be the shofar/ram’s horn. Why is a shofar sounded at this most serious occasion? Some of the answer lies in the traditional Psalm that is read during the shofar service at Rosh Hashanah.
“O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy. For the Lord Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth. God has ascended with a shout, the Lord, with the sound of a shofar” [Tehillim/Psalm 47:1-2, 5].
Among the many lessons of the shofar, it is a call for his people to acknowledge the Kingship of HaShem. Too often during the year we may forget that we are not the boss! The King of the universe has put us here, given us life and blessed us in so many ways. Lest we entirely forget, the shofar should jolt us into the remembrance that we bend the knee to a greater King. In fact, the very notes that are sounded with the shofar remind us of some essential realities. The first sound, called “tekia”, is the long sustained note that ends abruptly. Roughly translated “blowing”, this note was often sounded to make important announcements such as the arrival of a holy day. Interestingly, it was often used in the ancient society to announce the arrival of a king, hence, the centrality of Psalm 47 every Rosh Hashanah. The second series of notes is called “shevarim” (broken) because it breaks up the one note into three distinct segments of the same
length. “Terua” is the third sound of the shofar. This consists of nine staccato notes that give a sense of urgency. Translated as “alarm”, the terua was often used in biblical times as a wake-up call for the troops as they faced a battle. The final note of the shofar is “tekia gedolah” or the great blast that often marked the end of an important occasion, such as Rosh Hashanah.
No wonder the sound of the shofar is quite awesome and respected in the Jewish community! At Rosh Hashanah we are reminded by its shrill sounds that we are appearing before the King of Kings, blessed be He. Likewise we should understand that we are indeed standing in a distinctive spiritual battle on this Holy Day as we examine our soul and try to set things right with our God and fellow man.
Yet, it should be noted that there is a special prophetic symbolism associated with the shofar often alluded to within Jewish tradition. The distinctive sounds are to remind us of our future, both as individuals and as a collective people. One Midrash from the middle ages makes a rather astounding statement:
“Messiah ben David, Elijah and Zerubbabel, peace be upon him, will ascend the Mount of Olives. And Messiah will command Elijah to blow the shofar. The light of the six days of creation will return and will be seen, the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and God will send full healing to all the sick of Israel. The second blast which Elijah will blow will make the dead rise. They will rise from the dust and each man will recognize his fellow man, and so will husband and wife, father and son, brother and brother. All will come to the Messiah from the four corners of the earth…. The Children of Israel will fly on the wings of eagles and come to the Messiah…”(Ma’ase Daniel as Quoted in Messiah Texts, p.143 by Raphael Patai).
Indeed, the sound of the shofar is our wake-up call every Rosh Hashanah. It beacons us to consider the past and reflect on our present relationship with God. Yet there is coming a day when all the symbolism of the shofar service will be translated into the prophetic future. Perhaps Elijah will be the Baal Tekia (shofar blower) in the great day when the Mashiach, Yeshua of Nazareth, returns to fulfill the second part of his messianic mission. As the New Covenant confirms; “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with the shout (terua), with the voice of the archangel, and with the shofar of God; and the dead in Messiah shall rise first”
(I Thessalonians 4:16). On the evening of September 16 we come one year closer to our messianic redemption. As we enter this new year 5773, let us give heed to the sound of the shofar and understand its prophetic message to us all. L’shana tova/Happy New Year!
Sept 8, Saturday, 10:30am. Bar Mitzvah of Isaac Jurist. Join us for this special Shabbat as Isaac is called to the Torah. Oneg luncheon following.
Sept 16, Sunday, 8:00 pm. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service. Usher in the spiritual New Year celebrating the goodness of Messiah! This will be a traditional service including the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn) and a message on the importance of the holiday for all believers in Yeshua.
Special Note: All services are free but reservations are required for all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members of KA. Call the KA office to reserve your seats and invite a Jewish friend.
Sept 17, Monday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. We will
continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.
Sept 17, Monday, 4:00 pm. Tashlich Service at La Jolla Shores. Join us for this beautiful time as we cast bread crumbs into the sea to remind us of the important truths of the High Holiday season, “Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19). We
will also have an immersion service for new believers in Messiah. Bring your own dinner (and bread crumbs) and meet us on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.
Sept 25, Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service. We will have a special assembly for this holiest day of the biblical calendar. We will enter into the congregational fast starting sundown Tuesday through sundown Wednesday as we pray for our spiritual lives and for our people of Israel. Special Note: In the spirit of “tzedakah”(helping others), we are suggesting that all worshipers bring to service some package food items or a check donation which will in turn be given to help some needy families through Jewish Family Service. It would be fitting to donate the value of the amount which we would normally would have eaten when not fasting.
Sept 26, Wednesday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.
Sept 26, Wednesday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service followed by a potluck at 6:30 pm to break the fast. Bring your favorite dish to share with all.
Oct 6, Saturday, 10:30 am. Sukkot Service. Join us for this exciting praise service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be able to have Kiddush in the Sukkah and there will be a great time of Davidic worship and praise. There will also be a special message on the significance of the holy day for all believers in Messiah. Followed by a Youth Hosted Luncheon with donations going to their mitzvah projects.
Oct 8, Monday, 7:00 pm. Simchat Torah Service. This will be a fitting close to the fall Holy Days as we “rejoice in the Torah.” There will be plenty of music and dance as we celebrate God’s gift of the Word. Also a special Adult Bnai Mitzvah participants will be leading the service.
November 3, Saturday, 6pm. KA Anniversary Celebration!
We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 31 years of our messianic synagogue. Pasta Taste-testing Dinner from your home-made recipes plus special show: “American ‘No Idol’ Talent Contest”. Tickets $25 per person, $5 for kids under 12. At the KA Social Hall with proceeds going to some synagogue building projects. Pick up your tickets at the shul or call our office. Invite all friends who appreciate our ministry.
Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Zechariah—God Remembers” which is a chapter by chapter study of this amazing prophet from the Tenakh.
Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.
Dance Ministry: All are welcome to attend the Dance review of the current Shabbat worship dances for each Shabbat, 10:00-10:25am in the upstairs classroom area.
Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30. New 5-week course starting Sept.4, 7pm-8:30pm: “Understanding Jewish Customs” which is a detailed study as such vital Jewish traditions as kashrut, tallit and tefillin. $40 per student. The MJISD classes can lead to a certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies. Special Course: “Introduction to Talmud” starting Oct.16. This 6-week course will be taught on-site locally and on-line internationally. Accredited course through the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI). $150 per student. Call our office for further information.
“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Devarim/Deuteronomy. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.
Men’s Club: All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today. Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with. Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.
Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women are welcome!
KA Zekeynim/Elders Board of Directors
Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik
Liberman, Bob Haas, Ron Wallace
Luis Garibay Paty Garibay
Joanne Kragenbrink Deborah Remigio
Joan Savarese Tony Savarese
Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton
Audio: Gabe Pacheco CD Duplication: David Stephens
Dance: Sue Rubin Facilities: Jim Scarborough
International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink
Office: Jan Folb Oneg: Maria Montelongo
Prayer: Patty Kolb Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas Social Action: Eric Tauber
Translation: Paty Garibay
Ushers: Tony Savavese Website: Rome Remigio
Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton Rabbinic Intern: Yisrael Vazquez
Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)
Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.
Encinitas, Michael & Jan Folb, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.
Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 7:00 pm.
Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.
Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.
Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.
Espanol, Luciano Rivera, Shabbat 4pm-sunset at KA upstairs. Potluck Havdalah.
Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Thur & last Fri 7pm, plus 3rd Saturday, 9am.
Sisterhood, monthly meeting.
Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.
Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.
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P.O. Box 178755
San Diego, CA 92177
Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)
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