Archive for May 27th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Shavuot 2009 (05/27)

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about the Jewish
Holiday of Shavuot

May 27 : 1 day to Shavuot begins

Did you know that on Shavuot, it is customary to eat only dairy foods?

One possible explanation is related to a verse in the Torah, which says, “And He gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Cheesecake and blintzes are two traditionally favorites on Shavuot.

Shavuot is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel. Shavuot also commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Stop by again as we’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Shavuot (sundown 05/28).

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Did You Know? Countdown to June 2009 (05/27)

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About the Month of June

May 27 : 05 days till June

Did you know that the birthstone for the month of June is the pearl?

The pearl is the only organic birthstone, formed by a living organism. The gleaming white or pinkish-toned pearl begins as a piece of grit, which irritates a marine or freshwater mollusk.

Overtime, the mollusk’s defense mechanisms act against the irritant, coating it in a substance called nacre. Eventually the layers of nacre form the pearl. Throughout history, the pearl has been associated with values ranging from courage to modesty to power.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the month of June! So stop by again tomorrow.

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(May 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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National Senior Health and Fitness Day
As Older Americans Month winds down, seniors take part in activities helping to promote the idea that fitness and exercise are an important part of their health regiment.

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