Follow Up on Mekudeshet

The Mekudeshet festival is over. Seemingly, nothing exceptional has happened, nothing out of the ordinary. This festival has been held in Jerusalem annually for a few years now, but in previous years it only lasted over a short weekend, and focused mainly on religious music. This year it went on for three long weeks, and had introduced new aspects, that had nothing to do with its previous definition.

The name “Mekudeshet” hinted towards holiness, but in reality, what took place was a feast of emptying sacred terms from their true meaning, and contributing to the numbness of the Israeli people to God’s mind.

On a different matter, or maybe not… This coming Sunday the Jewish world will celebrate Yom Truah (Day of Trumpet) – “And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no regular work: it is unto you a day of blowing the trumpets” (Num. 29:1).

During the years spent in the diaspora this feast has somehow turned into the Jewish New Year’s (Rosh Hashana). Truth be told, it is not the new year, for God’s calendar begins with Passover (April). Something very sad and complex has happened to the Jewish calendar over the years. But I’ll write about that in another post.


This article originally appeared on Ot OoMofet Ministries, September 30, 2016, and reposted with permission.


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Orna Grinman
Orna, born and raised in Israel, is a lover of books, and especially The Book. She is fascinated with the Hebrew language and with the God who created the world through the mere expression of Hebrew words. In 2003 she established Ot OoMofet Ministries (Hebrew for “A sign and Example”), whose main focus is turning stories of brokenness and hardships into stories of victory. Besides ministering to the broken hearted in Israel, she now teaches worldwide about the widowhood of Israel, the role the church plays in its restoration and on a variety of other subjects.