Archive for September 16th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2009 (09/16)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


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

Sept 16 : 02 days to Rosh Hashanah

Did you know that there are fewer than 15 million Jews living worldwide, which constitutes 0.2 percent of the world’s population?

The Jewish faith is practiced in 134 out of the world’s 238 countries.

Did you know that there are some six million Jewish people living in Israel, which accounts for approximately 41% of the world Jewish population?

Three out of four citizens of the state of Israel are Jewish.

Did you know that in the United States, where less than 2 percent of the population is Jewish, approximately 5.5 million Jews reside.

Did you know that the next largest Jewish population is in France, where nearly half a million Jews live?

In France, the Jewish community accounts for less than 1 percent of the country’s total population.

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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(September 16) Tonight we're observing . . .  Laylat-al-Qadr (Night of Power)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Laylat-al-Qadr (Lailat ul Qadr, Lailat-ul Qadr – Night of Power)
The Muslim holiday of Laylat-al-Qadr known in English as the Night of Power, falls during the month of Ramadan and marks one of the most significant historical events in all of Islam.

Laylat-al-Qadr marks the night that the prophet Muhammad received his first Divine Revelation, which contained the first verses of the Quran.

Source: Ramadan on the Net – Laylat-al-Qadr: The Night of Power

(September 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  Mayflower Day

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Mayflower Day
On this day in 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England. On November 21, 1620, the ship finally set down anchor in Provincetown, MA. The passengers who survived that perilous 2-month journey became the earliest permanent European settlers in New England.

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