Archive for September 27th, 2009

(September 27) Tonight we're observing . . .  Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Beginning at sundown tonight*, Jews begin their observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur 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.

By Yom Kippur the 40 days of repentance, that begin with the first of Elul, have passed. On Rosh Hashanah G-d has judged most of mankind and has recorded his judgement in the Book of Life. But he has given a 10 day reprieve.

On Yom Kippur the Book of Life is closed and sealed. Those who have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year.

Visit our celebration of the the Jewish High Holy Days for more information on – Yom Kippur

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

Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur 2009 (09/27)

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Yom Kippur, the
Jewish Day of Atonement

Sept 27 : observed tonight @ sundown

Did you know that Yom Kippur is the most sacred Jewish holiday, referred to as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”?

Throughout the 25-hour holiday, Jews must refrain from eating and drinking; anointing themselves with lotions or perfumes; engaging in marital relations; washing themselves; and wearing leather shoes.

These prohibitions symbolically represent the angels in Heaven, whose purity Jews try to emulate on Yom Kippur.

Known in English as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishrei — just a week and a half after the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The ten-day period between the High Holy Days is known as the Ten Days of Tshuva (Repentance), a time during which deep introspection and personal atonement is to take place.

Yom Kippur begins tonight at sundown.

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Did You Know? Countdown to October 2009 (09/27)

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

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

Sept 27 : 04 days to October

Did you know that there are two birthstones for the month of October?

That would be the transparent tourmaline and the opaque opal.

Did you know that October marks the conclusion of the grape harvests?

The ancient Saxons used to call October Wyn Monath, since it was the time of wine making.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the month of October! So stop by again tomorrow.

Sources: Daily Holidays on the Net, Holidaypedia: October


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(September 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  Ancestor Appreciation Day

Sunday, September 27th, 2009


Ancestor Appreciation Day
A day for learning about and honoring your family’s ancestors.

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