Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah (08/31)

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

Aug 31 : 08 days to Rosh Hashanah*

Did you know there are five Jewish holidays that are celebrated during the month of September or early October?

These holidays include Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Did you know that the eight-day long holiday of Sukkot, which concludes with the two-day festival of Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah, has an agricultural significance as well as a religious one?

Agriculturally, the holiday is connected to the gleaning of the harvest. In Israel (and among Reform Jews in the Diaspora), Sukkkot lasts for one week, culminating in a one-day festival combining Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

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 5771 begins at sundown on Wednesday September 08, 2010.

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