Hello, John and Doves,
On any given Rosh Hashanah, we remember that "the joy of the LORD is your strength." [Nehemiah 8:10]
The LORD delights in those who delight in Him, for it is written,
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
We also read,
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Now it all begins to make sense. Here, then, are some additional scriptures.
Hosea 6:1 & 2--"Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he
will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days, he
will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his
Psalm 16:11--You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
This feast day was Rosh Hashanah.
That attitude of seeking the LORD is the basis of the introspection during the “Days of Awe,” as are called the days between Yom Teruah [Day of the Awakening Blast = the same day as Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year)] and Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement].
At this writing, Sukkot [Tabernacles or Booths] begins tomorrow evening on Wednesday, 8 October 2014. That is the traditional Feast of the Ingathering for Fall fruits. Although not an approved date for a Jewish wedding, Sukkot occurs at a time of the year when many dates are auspicious.