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Friday, September 18, 2009

Shonah Tovah 5770!

Shonah Tovah to my Jewish readers. Rosh Hashonah (or Rosh Hashanah if you prefer) begins at sundown today. In one of those ironies of the Middle East, the ‘Id al-Fitr also begins this weekend, most likely overlapping with the second day of Rosh Hashonah (in those communities that recognize a two-day celebration: a few observe one day only), though I suppose there are few families that celebrate both Jewish and Muslim holidays. Though Jews and Muslims have many differences these days, even their names for the new year (though not the dates) are nearly the same: Rosh Ha-shonah, Ra's al-Sana.

So a happy 5770 as the High Holy Days begin. I'll be posting a second post for ‘Id greetings.

1 comment:

LJ Marczak said...

Ketiva ve-chatima tovah!