Sep 24

“Time to Get Right” with G-d, considering the message of Rosh Hashanah

One of the great parts of working at Intermountain as the chaplain is that I get to work with kids of various faith backgrounds, and I get to minister alongside the very skilled and creative leader of the local Jewish community, our Jewish Educator, Janet Tatz. It’s been fun to collaborate with her on any number of joint chapel services and to observe the innovation and creativity she brings to working with our Jewish students in residence.

Get Right 1Recently, Janet had the opportunity to speak in our school’s cultural education classes about the significance of Rosh Hashanah and connecting its importance to the work the children are doing on campus. She brought her Shofar and blew it for the students while they were gathered in the picnic shelter for class, taking advantage of a beautiful fall day.

Janet brings a lot of creativity to her instruction of our children on campus. One of the resources that Janet uses to engage the Jewish students on campus is called “G-dcast – Meaningful Jewish Screentime.” The creative song, “Shofar Callin’” is a music video featured on their Youtube channel. I just love the write up G-dcast did for this video:

Shofar Callin’ connects the story Jews read on the New Year — when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac — with the ritual blowing of the Shofar, or ram’s horn. What’s the connection? Find out how the Jewish New Year is WAY more than just a day to spend in synagogue, and how the call of the Shofar can be spiritually meaningful in your daily life.

Prodezra Beats, an independent artist, broke out big on the scene when he produced the track for “Change” with Y-Love & DeScribe, released on Shemspeed. Now with the “Shofar Callin'” track for Rosh Hashanah, he is back with another viral hit! This G-dcast will have you bumping into the New Year in no time! Shana tova.”

Get Right 2Maybe it is simply my affinity for R&B/Hip Hop music, or that coincidentally we just covered the stories referenced in this video and song in our chapel services with the primarily Christian students we have on campus, but either way I really love this video!

The message is one we can all heed… as we listen to God, we don’t need to wait any longer… we can get our hearts right and enjoy deeper fellowship with our God and our Creator.