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Happy New Jewish Year!

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Today is the Jewish new year's eve so I want to wish everyone

Happy New Year

May this be a year of peace for people all over the globe!
post #2 of 17
Peace, Safety, and Love to everyone.
post #3 of 17
Happy New Year to you Anne!
Peace, Love and Happiness to everyone!
post #4 of 17
A happy new year Anne,may we all live in peace, now and always.

post #5 of 17
L'Shanah Tovah!

(not sure about that "L", my Hebrew is very limited)
post #6 of 17
Happy New Year Anne!
Wishing Peace and Harmony for everyone real soon!
post #7 of 17
And although Peace is an elusive term at the moment, here is my hope that it becomes a reality in the days ahead.......
post #8 of 17
Anne, I am wishing you and your whole family the Happiest of New Years! This is the year that your little son will bless yours and Alpha's life together. What a beautiful thought to hold on to in this time of turmoil. Love and Joy to all "three" of you. :grin:
post #9 of 17
Anne- I to wish you a Happy New Year. May peace come soon to the whole world. :afrorainb ::blubturq:

post #10 of 17
Happy New Year, Anne! I hope this year brings much happiness to you and your family!!! We you!
post #11 of 17

If you wouldn't mind, I would enjoy hearing the customs and history behind each of the Jewish holidays as they come around. I am already familiar with some (like Passover, for example). To me this history represents the living history of the roots of my religion. As Christianity grew out of Judaism, holidays and celebrations evolved to focus on the life and death of Christ. I am very interested in learning more about the faith that gave birth to mine.


Oh, and Happy New Year!
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Let's see, I'm no Rabbi, but I'll give it my best shot

Rosh Hashana is the name of this holiday in Hebrew. Rosh means head and Shana means year (Ha equals "the") so it is literally the Head of the Year.

It marks the start of the autumn holiday season with Yom Kipur and Sukkot coming soon. It's a 2 days sabbatical holiday, which means that religious people don't drive, light fire or anything electric etc. For the rest of us it means getting 2 days off work

Basically what you do is have a special feast with special dished and blessings. Some of these are head of fish or lamb (so that we will be heads and not tails), pomrgrenades (so that we will do as many good deeds as it has seeds), apple with honey (just to have a sweet new year). The one dish most people adhere to is apples dipped in honey.

Religious people then spend most of the holiday praying at the synagouge and when the new year comes in the evening they blow the Shofar (a special instrument made of ram's horn). By the way, in Judaism, the date changes at sunset and not at midnight so the new year begins at the evening.

Rosh Hashna also begins the countdown to Yom Kipur (day of atonement), which is 10 days later. These 10 days are deicated to lots of prayers and asking God to forgive us and also for people to ask forgiveness of each other and make peace among themselves.

That's about it I think. I'd be happy to try and answer any questions!
post #13 of 17
That's very interesting Anne, thank you. I hope you and your family have a great new year! This will be a great year for you with your new baby.
post #14 of 17
Happy New Year Anne!

I wish for peace for you and your family.
post #15 of 17
Anne...I am just curious....I seem to remember that I was born on Yom Kiper, but never knew what it meant, but I think Yom Kiper must change dates every year, because it is not always listed on the calendar the same date as my birthday...but is there a way you could check to see what date that Yom Kiper was on in October of 1965, when I was born?
post #16 of 17

That was wonderful, and I thank you very much. I find the traditions to be so interesting because they are historically so much older than mine.

What year is it on the Jewish calendar? How was the number of years determined? (Like our year of 2001 indicates the number of years since the birth of Christ). Was there some single event that the Jewish people are counting from?
post #17 of 17
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Only the minor event of the creation of the world It's now year 5000 and something according to tradition. The Hebrew calendar years are counted in letters and not is numbers, so calculating the exact date would take me a while

Debby, the dates keep moving because the Jewish calendar is lunar. The months last 28 days each and a new month begins with the new moon. That means that the year is shorter then your regular solar year. Every few years they fix that with an extra month. All in all it means that the Jewish and Latin dates are the same every 19 years. That means that when you're 19, 38, 57 etc., your birth date is the same as it was when you were born on both the Latin (your) calendar and the Jewish calendar.

Yom Kippur this year is in 8 days from today (it's always exactly 10 days after new year's eve).
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