Archive for September 7th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah (09/07)

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

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

Sept 07 : 01 day to Rosh Hashanah*

Did you know that on the first two nights of Rosh Hashanah, families and friends customarily gather for a holiday meal?

Traditional foods include apples dipped in honey, round challot, carrots, pomegranates, and dates.

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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(September 07) Today we’re celebrating . . .  "Neither Snow Nor Rain" Day

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

“Neither Snow Nor Rain” Day

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Celebrating the anniversary of the opening of the the James Farley Post Office, the main Post Office branch in New York City, which bears the above famous inscription attributed to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.

FYI: Contrary to popular belief that this is the motto of the US Post Office, there is in fact no official motto!

photo credit: hbomb1947 via flickr

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