Archive for September 17th, 2010

(September 17) Tonight we’re observing . . .  Yom Kippur

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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 (09/17)

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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

Sept 17 : 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 (Friday September 17, 2010).

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Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/17)

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Fall / Autumn

Sept 17 : 05 days to Fall

Did you know that the Autumnal Equinox marks the start of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere?

On the Equinox, which can occur on September 21, 22 or 23, the Sun crosses the celestial equator and day and night are equal in length.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the September Equinox marks the beginning of Spring.

Do you feel that? The crisp morning air is a sure sign that the Fall season is right around the corner. As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, Autumn heralds its coming with fiery red leaves and bright orange pumpkins. Get yourself ready to fall back into Fall with Holidays on the Net’s fun-filled Autumn trivia. Join us for a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Autumn (Sept 22 @ 11:09 PM EDT)! So stop by again tomorrow.


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(September 17) This week we’re celebrating . . .  Constitution Day / Constitution Week

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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Constitution Day / Constitution Week
On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution Convention adopted the Constitution, which established and outlined the three branches of the federal government.

Also known as Constitution Day, this holiday was established by a Congressional Act in 2004. The Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times since then, including the Bill of Rights, which were the first ten amendments.

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