Trumpets (Yom Teruah)

The Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 29:1-6) was on the first day of Tishri. After the exile, it became the New Year's Day (Rosh Hashanna) of the civil year. But the start of the religious year is the first of Nisan.

On this day, a ram horn's horn, or shofar, called the people to prepare for the Day of Atonement. No work was allowed on this day and the people gathered at the Tabernacle. The 10 days from Trumpets to the Day of Atonement were known as "the days of awe" in modern Judaism. During this 10 days the people searched their hearts and examined their lives. The sounding of the shofar was a wake-up blast - a reminder that the time was near for the Day of Atonement.


This was one of the seven high days, which were to be treated like Sabbaths. Therefore two additional lambs were to be offered as burnt offering after the morning service. Because Trumpets was also the first day of the month, the regular new moon sacrifices were also offered. In addition, the offerings on this day consisted of:

  Burnt Offering Sin Offering
Bulls Rams One-year-old Male Lambs Male goat
New Moon 2 1 7 1
Trumpets 1 1 7 1
(Total) (3) (2) (14) (2)

The burnt offerings were accompanied by their grain offering and their drink offerings.

Related Topics

The Jewish Calendar - Presents an overview of the Jewish Calendar and Festivals. Also provides links to online tools.

The Five Offerings - Presents an overview of the sacrificial system.


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