Happy New Year (if you’re Jewish)

 

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Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, 5776 – begins at Sundown, Sunday, Sept. 13. Why 5776?  Because the Jewish Calendar begins at the Dawn of Man, BC (Before Christ). 

The Jewish Holidays are never the same days every year, because the Jewish calendar is based on the LUNAR (moon) cycles, with 13 months, each having 28 days.

Rosh Hashanah is a quieter Holy Day time, celebrating the creation of the World, lasting 10 days and ending with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement.)

 

Yom Kippur is the Holiest Day, whereby Jews all over the world fast, pray for forgiveness and ask G-d to be written in the book of life for another year. 

During this week, the Torah (Jewish Holy Scroll) is read.  A passage tells of the time when Moses delivered to Jews to Canaan (later called Israel).  When Moses left to get the Ten Commandments, he did not return in a timely manner. No cell phones existed, so calling to say he will be late is out of the question!

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