Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2009 (09/09)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Rosh Hashanah &
the Jewish High Holy Days

Sept 09 : 09 days to Rosh Hashanah

Did you know that Rosh Hashanah is one of three new years in the Jewish faith?

Tishrei, the month in which Rosh Hashanah falls, is actually the 7th month of the calendar year. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the new calendar year.

Nissan is the first month of the year and when the Jewish holiday of Passover falls. Nissan was historically the start of a new year for the counting of kings’ reign.

Tu B’Shevat, which falls on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is the new year for trees — the date by which observant Jews determine whether a tree’s first fruits may be harvested and eaten

Rosh Hashanah begins a 10 day period, known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, a time of penitence and prayer that ends with Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish High Holy Days. Please join us!

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Friday September 18, 2009.

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