Archive for October 8th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Columbus Day (10/08)

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Christopher Columbus’
Discovery of the Americas

Oct 08 : 02 days to Columbus Day

Did you know that the Vikings explored the North American coast five centuries before Columbus’ journey?

Ultimately, however, it was Columbus’ expedition that established the permanent intertwining of Europe with the New World, which resulted in the colonization of the Americas.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus left Spain looking to find an alternative route to India. After sighting land, his fleet eventually landed on what is now know as the Bahamas. Columbus Day is a celebration of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas (the New World). Observed as a national holiday in the US and by Italian-Americans as a celebration of their culture and heritage.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Columbus Day which is celebrated on Monday October 10th, 2011.


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Did You Know? Yom Kippur (10/08)

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

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

Oct 08 : 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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(October 08) Today we’re observing . . .  Yom Kippur

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

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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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