The following are several elements of our service that you might not be commonly accustom to.
Each element is described and includes scripture that will explain these biblical truths:
The ram’s horn, known as the Shofar (from the Hebrew root meaning “beauty”), is one of the oldest Hebraic symbols.
The Torah states that the giving of the Ten Commandments was preceded by loud Shofar blasts and shouts.
In Biblical times, the Shofar was used to proclaim the Jubilee Year, and the Feasts of Trumpets. It was also used to accompany other musical instruments, to induce fear, to call the people to war, to escort processionals, and to solemnize coronations.
Although the Shofar can be made from the horns of sheep, goats, antelopes, and gazelles, as well as rams, it is strongly recommended that the ram be used because of its association with the story of Abraham with Isaac.
From Biblical times, the Shofar has been associated with Messianic redemption. The Midrash claims that the left horn of the ram sacrificed by Abraham was sounded on Mt. Sinai and the right horn will be blown in a time to come, at the assembling of the dispersed, by the Messiah Himself.
“And in that day, a great horn shall be sounded, and they who were lost in the land of
Assyria and in the land of Egypt, shall come and worship YHVH on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 27:13)
In our services we recite the Shema (Hear Oh Israel)
This honors YHVH by stating that He alone is Elohim (God) and there is no other besides Him.
Blessing Of The Sons And Daughters
During the service, the sons and daughters gather under the Chupah (symbolizing YHVH’s covering) and receive a blessing to be protected by YHVH and to grow into godly husbands and wives.
The Biblical pattern for blessing our children is first seen by Adonai in Genesis 1:28 after He created man (son) and woman (daughter).
It is written, “And Elohim blessed them; and Elohim said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Our children are the future generation, and we desire the blessing and covering of YHVH for them.