Thoughts on Yom Teruah As Remembering
by Tim Hegg
In Lev 23:24 the text says
Speak to the children of Israel saying, In the seventh month on the first of the month there shall be for you a Sabbath, a memorial (זכרון) of trumpet sound, a holy gathering.
The day itself is called יום תרועה in Num 29:1
Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets (יום תרועה).
What is meant by זכרון in Lev 23:24? The word itself is formed on the verb זכר , “to remember,” and is usually translated a “memorial,” a “remembrance,” or a “reminder.” Thus, Yom Teruah is a day on which the shofar is to be blown, and the purpose of blowing the shofar is to evoke a reminder. But of what does it remind, and who is to be reminded?
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