WARNING: The following is a posting from a Gentile. While written with the sincerest of intentions, its accuracy may not be completely...er...um...accurate. Wikipedia and Google can only do so much. Thank you. Enjoy.
|Sometimes a horn is only a horn|
In other words, Happy Rosh Hashanah!
For those of who haven't figured it out, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Okay, maybe if you live in a Branch Davidian compound, you don't know that it's the Jewish new year.
But, it is.
Celebrated each year (well, I would think that would be ridiculously obvious), Rosh Hashanah is the first of the Jewish High Holidays and takes place 10 days before Yom Kippur.
Its actual timing depends a lot on the Jewish calendar, but I do know that it can't take place on certain days of the week. Saturday, I'm pretty sure. Maybe Wednesday, too. Oh, hell, I didn't take notes when I Googled it.
All I know is that it's bloody complicated trying to figure out when it is. But, far be it from me to come off all high and mighty. I have no idea when Easter is. Either in March or April, it has something to do with a full moon after a weekend-or the beginning of Spring Training-in accordance with the Farmer's Almanac. Or Magic 8 Ball. One of those things.
Let's put it this way: it's 40 days-give or take-after Ash Wednesday (which I'm pretty sure is on a Wednesday). Which is 41 days after Mardi Gras ("Okay, you don't have to go home, but you just gotta put your clothes back on!").
Rosh Hashanah kicks off at sunset this year on September 28th and concludes with nightfall, September 30th (Sidebar, your honor? What's the frikkin' difference between 'sunset' and 'nightfall'?). That works out to over 24 hours o' fun, which sounded odd to me, but, remember: Google.
From what I gather, it kicks off with the ritual Shofar blowing.
|When told how Rosh Hashanah |
Adam Shofar muttered, "Aw, crap!"
A ram is the animal of choice, I think. Which would explain all the one-horned rams at the bargain petting zoo.
In any case, I wish all of you a Happy Rosh Hashanah. Whether you're Jewish or not, we all could use a holiday. Have you seen the price of gas lately??
After all, we only have a little over two weeks before Canadian Thanksgiving.