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Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur (09/16)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

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

Sept 16 : observed in 1 day

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.

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 Friday September 17, 2010.

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(September 16) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Mayflower Day

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Mayflower Day
On this day in 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England. On November 21, 1620, the ship finally set down anchor in Provincetown, MA. The passengers who survived that perilous 2-month journey became the earliest permanent European settlers in New England.

(September 16) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Women’s Friendship Day

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Women’s Friendship Day
Take this opportunity to show your best friends just how much they mean to you.

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