As a person of the Jewish faith, I celebrate the Jewish holidays with positive anticipation, especially the 10 Days of Awe, which are the days between Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippor. This is the time to take stock of the year that has passed since last fall to see if you have accomplished any goals or acted in a negative way to anyone. (This requires an apology). It’s like spring cleaning of the soul!
Tonight I am going to services with my husband and his daughter Penny. The weather is perfect and the service never fails to be beautiful, because of the wonderful music and great comments by our rabbis that give me food for thought.
Speaking of food, here is the cover of a Jewish New Year card that I received a few years ago and kept because of the quote at the bottom about pomegranates:
MAY THE NEW YEAR BE AS FULL OF BLESSINGS
AS THE POMEGRANATE IS FULL OF SEEDS.
The card was created especially for Women’s League for Conservative Judaism in New York. The design is an original design by Mickie Caspi: www.caspicards.com. (Lovely website!)
So, for all of you celebrating the Jewish New Year, I want to wish you a Shana Tova (New Year in Hebrew) for the Jewish Year of 5780. Below is information that explains why the year is 5780, not 2019 or 2020: (exact quote from source listed below quote)
How Does the Hebrew Calendar
Differ from the Gregorian Calendar?
The Hebrew, or Jewish, calendar is both a solar and lunar calendar, as opposed to the Gregorian, or civil, calendar which is based on a solar year that is divided into 12 months. The Gregorian year 2015 corresponds to year 5775 of the Hebrew calendar.
In the Hebrew calendar, months follow the lunar cycle. A lunar month has about 29.5 days. Because the month is not divided into full days, the lunar months in the Hebrew calendar have either 29 or 30 days. Hebrew days begin at nightfall.
12 lunar months add up to only 354.4 days, as opposed to a solar year, which is made up of 365.25 days. To make up the 11-day difference and maintain a solar year, the Hebrew calendar has periodic leap years, which add an extra 30-day month to the end of the year. This ensures that the months correspond to the seasons of the year. The leap year occurs about once every three years.
Hebrew years begin counting from the moment of creation as interpreted from the Torah. This number is determined by adding the ages of people in the Bible back to creation. To find a corresponding Hebrew date from a Gregorian year, add 3760 to the Gregorian date. Add 3761 if the date falls after Rosh Hashana.
P.S. The next posting will include pomegranates in recipes.