jewish new year
God is ready to turn the page on a New Year, not just for the Jews, who are ushering in the year 5777. This New Year is for all of us, every faith, every culture, every person. God knows we all need a New Year, as this one was so full, too full, of name-calling and violence and despair.
It's the beginning of the new year for Jews around the world, and the closing of a chapter for President Obama.
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The High Holy Days are a good time to renew your commitment to social justice.
The High Holy Days begin!
An apocalyptic event may soon be happening in our world and affecting our lives, now and into the future.
These special days are designated as days of repentance and atonement, promoting serious introspection and reconciliation. It is customary to consider people who we may have hurt, injured, or mistreated in some way and seek their forgiveness bringing harmony into both lives.
While dating, I began to notice certain recurring trends that biased how I viewed every guy I went out with; criteria that resulted in often unsubstantiated 'Bye Felicias.'
This year includes an alignment at mid-September of the main holy days in the Jewish and Islamic calendars. At sundown on September 13, Jews observed the first of their High Holy Days, and their recognized commencement of the new year, Rosh Hashanah.
Dipping an apple in honey is the most popular in a series of simanim, symbolic foods, associated with the Rosh Hashanah feast. The custom is even recorded as far back as the Talmud. There are many other simanim, some simple and some exotic, that vary by community.