Archive for September 18th, 2009

(September 18) Tonight we're observing . . .  Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
Beginning at sundown tonight*, Jews begin their celebration of the High Holy Days, which are observed during the 10 day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish Holidays and the only holidays that are purely religious, as they are not related to any historical or natural event.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated the first and second days of Tishri. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet tasting foods.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is observed on the tenth day of Tishri. It is a day of fasting, reflection and prayers.

Join us for our celebration of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – High Holy Days on the Net

 

Update: The White House has released a Rosh Hashanah video message from President Barack Obama.

*The Hebrew calendar begins at sundown, consequently most Jewish Holidays also begin at sundown.

Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2009 (09/18)

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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

Sept 18 : Rosh Hashanah begins tonight @ sundown

Did you know that on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to visit a river, lake or pond, to symbolically “cast away” ones sins into the water?

The custom, called Tashlich — meaning “casting off” — is delayed if the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat, as it does in 2009.

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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Did You Know? Countdown to Fall 2009 (09/18)

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 18 : 04 days to Fall

Did you know that the word autumn comes from the French word, automne?

The word came into common usage around the 16th century, before which “harvest” was used to refer to this time of year. The use of harvest fell out of popularity as people gradually began living in towns and working the land became less common.

Did you know that Americans colloquially refer to the season between summer and winter as “Fall”?

While Brits prefer the more scientific terms “Autumn”!

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn! So stop by again tomorrow.


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What Happens When Rosh Hashanah Begins on the Sabbath?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Happy New Year

The evening of Friday September 18th marks the start of the Jewish New Year, known as Rosh Hashanah. This year, the first of the two-day holiday will coincide with the Jewish Sabbath, which begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday. The coincidence means a few changes in the normal Rosh Hashanah schedule.

The primary change is that the shofar, a hollowed out rams horn blow on the New Year to harken a period of reflection and repentance, will not blown on the first day of Rosh Hashana. Carrying the shofar is a potential transgression of the Sabbath, and therefore blowing it is off limits, too — a sort of “fence” around the prohibition to carry. Rest assured, the “clarion call” of the world’s oldest wind instrument will be heard on Sunday — the second day of the New Year.

Additionally, the Tashlich ceremony, which is typically performed on the first day of Rosh Hashana, must be delayed until after Shabbat. During Tashlich, breadcrumbs are tossed from one’s pockets into a flowing body of water, a symbolic casting off of one’s sins from the past year.

The Tashlich ritual may be performed without penalty on the second day of Rosh Hashanah — or any day up until the second to last day of the Sukkot holiday. Also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot is an eight-day festival, which begins two weeks after Rosh Hashanah.

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