Monday, October 3, 2016

Rosh Hashanah is today and tomorrow

Rosh Hashanah began at sundown yesterday and ends at sundown on Tuesday.

What is Rosh Hashanah and why 2 days?

It is the beginning  of the Jewish New Year and, according to Jewish tradition, as indicated on the chabad website: "the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G-d as King"

The reason for the 2 days (some say Oct 3 and 4 this year and others say October 2-4) is because the day on the Jewish calendar begins and ends at sundown (instead of at midnight on the calendar of the rest of the world).

So, Rosh Hashanah is First Day of the Jewish New Year and is also known as "The Feast of Trumpets"

This Holiday covers two days since the exact time it begins is based on when the first sliver of the New Moon is sighted.

Even though it is shown on the calendar to begin this year at Sundown today and extend through sundown tomorrow, IF the New Moon is not seen today, then the day will be observed tomorrow beginning at sundown and extending through the next day.

So we are leaving this DIT up for 2 days since one is not exactly sure when it will be observed.

In fact, this is the ONLY Jewish Holiday that 'no one knows for sure when it will begin'.   Hmmmm.  Does this ring a bell in your thought process?

Also, leaving this DIT up for two days will give you time to hear the Shofar sounds and read the wonderful summary article explaining about this very important time of Celebration for Jews and Christians.

Christians? Why is a Jewish Holiday important to Christians?

Well, when you read the article you will find out.

So, with that said, HERE'S THE LINK to Rosh Hashanah The Feast of Trumpets.

And to hear the actual Shofar sounds of Rosh Hashanna HERE'S THE LINK.