Archive for September 18th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Fall (09/18)

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

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

Sept 18 : 04 days to Fall

Did you know that the word autumn comes from the French word, automne?

The word came into common usage around the 16th century, before which “harvest” was used to refer to this time of year. The use of harvest fell out of popularity as people gradually began living in towns and working the land became less common.

Did you know that Americans colloquially refer to the season between summer and winter as “Fall”?

While Brits prefer the more scientific terms “Autumn”!

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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Did You Know? Countdown to Yom Kippur (09/18)

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

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

Sept 18 : It’s Yom Kippur!

Did you know that Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most sacred of the Jewish holidays?

Known as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths“, 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 those that have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year.

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.

Yom Kippur began last night at sundown.

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(September 18) Today we’re observing . . .  Yom Kippur

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, 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.

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.

On Yom Kippur the Book of Life is closed and sealed. Those that have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year.

(Began last night @ sundown)

Visit our celebration of the the Jewish High Holy Days for more information on – Yom Kippur

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