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Rosh Hashanah

posted Oct 11, 2016, 5:12 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 5:13 AM ]
In Today’s Liturgy, editor Dr. Elaine Rendler-McQueeney writes: “Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sunset. Jesus celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), which begins at sunset on October 11. He prayed the psalms, went to synagogue, and respected the Law. Our liturgies have their roots in Jewish liturgical tradition.

Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, in her article, “Misuing Jesus” (The Christian Century), contends that ‘too many want to deny Jesus’ Jewishness, since he seems to oppose Jewish law (speaks to women, cares for the poor, teaches non-violence). However, he is from first-century Nazareth, not some mythical kingdom. He sees the world through the prophets and Jewish teachers. The parables and healings also come from a first-century world-view.’ These are important aspects of Christ’s Incarnation.

The 1965 Vatican II document on the Church and non-Christian religions, Nostra Aetate, reminds us: ‘The Church, therefore, cannot forget that she received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the Ancient Covenant. Nor can she forget that she draws sustenance from the root of that well-cultivated olive tree onto which have been grafted the wild shoots, the Gentiles (
cf. Romans 11:17-24). Indeed, the Church believes that by His cross Christ, Our Peace, reconciled Jews and Gentiles, making both one in Himself (cf. Ephesians, 2:14-16)’(4).”

Shanah tova!