The sunset last night marked the start of the Day of Atonement, the day when the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies to pour the blood of the sacrifice onto the Mercy Seat for the sins of the High Priest which reflect the sins of the nation. I asked a Jewish friend of mine if they were going to blow the trumpets (not the shofar) heralding the beginning of the Sabbath Year (shmita). Sadly his reply was "No, we don't do it these days." It's sad that they not only missed the Messiah's first coming, but also the whole reason for the Day of Atonement and the Shmita year. Read this article about the shmita: http://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...5d0220-48d8-11e4-a4bf-794ab74e90f0_story.html In the article they were talking about how they "legally" circumvent God's command by "selling" their land to non-Jews so they can continuing to work the land. As with the Jews today, I see so many Christians trying to circumvent God's commandments by finding "legal" loopholes. This kind of action only leads to destruction and false beliefs. What kind of relationship would it be if you found a loophole to cheat on your spouse - believing then that you haven't sinned! What's the point of the Day of Atonement or the Blood of Jesus? You're still dead in your sins. The mark of a true Christian is one that despises sin, not make excuses for it, John 14:15; 2 Peter 2:14.