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A few weeks ago the kids and I went to a Rosh HaShanah party. We've celebrated this feast for many years now, but the Lord always shows up to reveal something new to me. This time was no different.
Part of the party was a workshop for children to craft their own shofars, glaze and all. As the rabbi stood explaining to the children about shofars prior to them getting to work, he discussed that only a kosher shofar was one with marrow inside the horn. There are many other horns that we could use, but they weren't the same because they don't have the marrow. Why would Hashem require bone marrow inside the shofar?
It was seconds before He showed me why. What is bone marrow? It is the LIFE of the horn. The bone marrow holds the keys to the life of each shofar. The life is in the blood. But in order to properly use it, all of the bone marrow must die. (It is a picture of your atonement essentially.) Once it does, encased in its hard exterior, it is to be completely removed. It is then REPLACED by the filling of the breath of life that Hashem has given all of us when we place our mouths to its end. This horn then becomes the embodiment of His Ruach HaKodesh, or Holy Spirit. So essentially, even our rams' horns represent the message of the Lord that we must first receive the sacrificial death, bury the remains and be open to the wind of the spirit of God, just as Yeshua did as our provided ram. Not all horns are the same; all are unique in their own right just as you are. I hope every time you hold your shofar you declare your gift of breath through its curvy exterior and remember the lengths the Lord goes to show you His sacrificial love. And when you put the shofar down, continue to act on that principal in your daily walk with our Mashiach. Breathe the Almighty in and EXHALE! The results will be heard and felt around the world. Chag sameach, and may you blow Hashem's breath over His creation today and proclaim His soon return!
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
Rosh HaShanah is here again and with it comes another year of both new and old traditions. I'd like to take a minute and share a new craft project we did this year. I'd love for you to try it too!
For several years now, I've tried to give the kids gifts for Rosh HaShanah. We have a tradition of going to a local nursery to buy flavored honey sticks. Root beer, cherry, sour apple, watermelon...even chocolate! The kids love determining their favorite flavor for the year. We also always wind up with lots of honey bear containers with all the honey we consume during the holiday! So it was time to finally bring these bears out to our party.
This project is really simple but really cute. Just take the bear containers and use permanent markers, fabric, stickers, or whatever else you might desire to personalize each bear. Make sure before starting to remove the labels typically with water and a touch of oil to break through the sticky residue. Get a hot glue gun and get your creative juices flowing! Below you can see our beloved bears dripping with personality! Once finished, we stuffed honey stirrers, honey sticks, candies, apples & cinnamon potpourri, honey lip balm, honey taffy pops AND honey lotion inside our little bears for safekeeping. Such a sweet activity to do as a family!
I personally loved seeing our bears emerge. My two sons made t-shirts on their bears, with cute sayings and one sticker is actually a scratch and sniff! So his bear smells like burritos when you scratch his tummy. My one daughter wants to be a fashion designer, so she glued her entire dress with red flowers. And I went for fake eyelashes. I loved making my "Bubbe Bear" with her high hat and added sass. Plus she smells like grandma's house during the holidays thanks to the potpourri. lol
I hope this holiday is an amazing one for you and your family too! I pray that the Lord bless you and keep you as you learn more about Him in this season and that it will be the bear-y best Rosh HaShanah yet!
Meredith Welborn is a mother of five beautiful children who has gradually integrated the Torah into her family's life as YHVH directs her. Her heart's desire is to create a forum for women to grow in the goodness of the Torah, Yah's holy instruction manual.