Archive for September, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur 2009 (09/26)

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Yom Kippur
Sept 26: 01 day to Yom Kippur

Did you know that Yom Kippur is a day of “NOT” doing?

There is no blowing of the Shofar and Jews may not eat or drink, as fasting is the rule. It is believed that to fast on Yom Kippur is to emulate the angels in heaven, who do not eat, drink, or wash.

Did you know that while Yom Kippur is devoted to fasting, the day before is devoted to eating?

According to the The Talmud the person “who eats on the ninth of Tishri (and fasts on the tenth) , it is as if he had fasted both the ninth and tenth.” Prayer is also down played so that Jews can concentrate on eating and preparing for the fast.

Yom Kippur ends the 10 day period which began with Rosh Hashanah. Known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, it is a time of penitence and prayer. 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 Yom Kippur and the end of Jewish High Holy Days. Please join us!

Yom Kippur begins at sundown September 27, 2009.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur 2009 (09/26)

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

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

Sept 26 : observed in 1 day

Did you know that Jewish people are obligated to ask for forgiveness, directly and specifically, from each individual they may have hurt or offended during the year?

If not granted forgiveness, one must ask again — and again — three times in total. If, after the third sincere and genuine apology, forgiveness is still not granted, a person may seek absolution from G-d during 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.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Yom Kippur. Please join us!

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sunday September 27, 2009.

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Did You Know? Countdown to October 2009 (09/26)

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

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

Sept 26 : 05 days to October

Did you know that the month of October is named after the Latin word “octo”, meaning eight?

While October is the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar, it was the eighth month of the old Roman calendar.

Historically, the year started in March, but when January and February were added in, October kept its name.

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 26) This week we're celebrating . . .  Banned Book Week

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Banned Book Week (Sept 26 – Oct 04, 2009)
A national observation celebrating the freedom to read.

During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.
 

According to the American Library Association, more than 500 books were challenged in 2008. The 10 most challenged titles were:

1. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
7. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
8. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
10. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper

website: Banned Book Week
American Library Association

photo credit: via flickr

Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur 2009 (09/25)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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

Sept 25 : observed in 2 days

Did you know that Yom Kippur is known in English as the Day of Atonement?

In actuality, however, Yom Kippur is the culmination of 40 days of repentance and atonement, beginning with the first day of the Jewish month of Elul and continuing through the first ten days of the Jewish month of Tishrei. During this period, G-d is believed to be judging a person’s fate for the upcoming year.

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.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Yom Kippur. Please join us!

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sunday September 27, 2009.

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Holiday Invite: Yom Kippur on the Net

Friday, September 25th, 2009

G’mar Chatima Tova!
May you be sealed in the Book of Life

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to share in our commemoration of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, 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 is a solemn day of fasting, repentance, and fervent prayer, which concludes with the blowing of the shofar. We invite you to come learn more about each of these rituals in our Yom Kippur overview.

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 27.

Wishing you a Tzom Kal, an easy fast.

Louie and the Holiday Elves

(September 25) Today we're celebrating . . .  National One-Hit Wonder Day

Friday, September 25th, 2009

09252007hm.jpgNational One-Hit Wonder Day
Celebrating musical artists and acts who have enjoyed one and only one hit (top 40) record.

Oh Mickey you’re so fine
You’re so fine you blow my mind
Hey Mickey…

How many one-hit wonders can you name?

1) Mickey (bonus video after the jump)

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