Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

We Invite You to The Head of The Year Festival Family Event at The Rock of Israel Congregation, Hickory, NC in 2024, date and time to be determined. For your Rosh Hashanah holiday pleasure, we've shared some congregation favorite recipes below as well as a brief history, fun facts, and video explanations about this messianic Jewish holiday! For Yom Kippur, we have also provided historical information and a video. As we wait for the return of Yeshua, we stand with Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Shalom.
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 10 Days of Awe – Sound the shofar

Learn More About Rosh Hashanah

 Coming Soon-Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement

Learn More About the Biblical Fall Feasts

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History of Rosh Hashanah: What’s it All About?

The Bible verses associated with Rosh Hashanah include Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6

 Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and is celebrated on the first and second days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. It is a time of introspection, prayer, and repentance.

 Rosh Hashanah has been celebrated for thousands of years. The holiday was likely well established by the sixth century B.C., though the phrase “Rosh Hashanah” shows up for the first time in the Mishna, a Jewish code of law compiled in 200 A.D

 Most Messianic believers hold to the tenet that Rosh Hashanah anticipates the prophetic fulfillment of the L-rd’s covenant faithfulness to Israel in Daniel’s 70th week when all of Israel will repent and their Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ), will return to restore Israel as Saviour, L-rd, and Deliverer.

 Honey is a symbol of Rosh Hashanah as well as sweetness and hope for the new year. It is also associated with the manna that G-d provided to the Israelites in the desert, and with the Shekhinah Glory. By dipping apples in honey, Messianics and Jews express their gratitude to G-d for creating the fruit of the tree and their traditional wish for a good and sweet year ahead.  

 Shofarot is the Hebrew word for shofar verses, which are ten biblical passages that mention the shofar, a trumpet made of a ram’s horn.  The shofar is an ancient musical instrument that was used by the Israelites in religious ceremonies and as a signal in battle. It is also a symbol of Hashem’s voice, sovereignty, and mercy.

The shofarot is recited as part of the Musaf Amidah, the additional prayer service on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year performed in synagogues and Messianic congregations. They are the last of the three central benedictions of the Musaf Amidah, following Malchuyot (kingship verses) and Zichronot (remembrance verses). The shofarot expresses the hope for the Messianic redemption of Israel and mankind, to be heralded by the sound of the great shofar.

In some Messianic and Jewish traditions, the shofar is also sounded during or after the recitation of the shofarot, as a way of fulfilling the biblical commandment in Numbers 10:10 to hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah . The shofar blasts are meant to awaken the listeners to repentance, gratitude, and awe of Elohim.



Fun Facts about Rosh Hashanah


 Here are some fun facts about Rosh Hashanah:

  • Rosh Hashanah does not mean “New Year” in Hebrew. It actually means “Head of the Year.” Just like your head (brain) tells your body what to do, how you behave on Rosh Hashanah has far-reaching consequences for the entire year.
  • The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is listening to the blowing of the shofar on both mornings of Rosh Hashanah. Made from a hollowed-out ram’s horn, the shofar produces three “voices”: tekiah (a long blast), shevarim (a series of three short blasts), and teruah (a staccato burst of at least nine blasts). 
  • When Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbat, Orthodox Jews do not blow the shofar on that day. The Jewish sages enacted this as a precaution, in case someone would end up carrying a shofar to an expert to blow. They believe there is a deeper lesson here as well. On Shabbat, they assert that the coronation of the King is so deep and so special that it’s accomplished without the bells and whistles of the shofar.
  • The Orthodox Chabad rabbis all over the world walk many miles on Rosh Hashanah (when car travel is forbidden) to blow shofar for people who are unable to make it to the synagogue.
  • Round challah (tasty leavened bread) is a traditional Rosh Hashanah treat. On Rosh Hashanah, we traditionally start our holiday feasts with two loaves of round challah, sweetened with raisins to demonstrate our wish for a sweet new year.

The Orthodox Jewish belief that how you behave on Rosh Hashanah has far-reaching consequences for the entire year is a Jewish traditional belief. Their belief is that G-d balances a person’s good deeds over the last year against their bad deeds and decides what the next year will be like for them. As a Messianic congregation, we put our full faith and trust in the shed blood of Yeshua Hamashiach and not in our deeds for Salvation. This does not discount the Biblical premise that we reap what we sow in our relationships and daily walk in the faith of this life.  


Rosh Hashanah Noodle Kugel Recipe


1 lb  Broad Noodles- Cooked & Drained

1 pint of Sour Cream

1/2 pint Cottage Cheese (Small Curd)

4 Eggs

1 tbsp. Cinnamon

1 tbsp. Nutmeg

1 Can Crushed Pineapple

1/2 cup Sugar

1/4 lb Butter or Margarine


Cook and drain the broad noodles.  Mix all the ingredients in the list together.  Pour into a greased 9 x 12 in. pan & bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.


Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake Recipe


3 1/2 cups Sifted Flour

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Organic Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Organic Nutmeg

1/8 tsp. Crushed Cloves

1/2 tsp. Organic Ginger

4 Large Eggs

3/4 cup Granulated Sugar

4 tbsp. Olive Oil

2 cups Honey (Dark prefered)

1/2 cup Brewed Dark Roast Coffee

1  1/2 cups light raisins or nuts


Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Stir in the spices. In separate bowl, beat the 4 eggs and gradually add the sugar.  Beat until thick and light in color.  Blend in the spices, oil, honey, and coffee.  Stir in the flour mixture and the raisins/nuts.  Spray 2,  9 inch loaf pans with Olive oil, and pour in mixture.  Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven on middle rack for 50 minutes for the two pans until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

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