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By looking at your calendar, you know exactly when Rosh HaShanah, the first day of Tishrei, comes out. But have you ever wondered who writes those calendars? How do they know when the first of Tishrei — and all the Roshei Chodashim, Yamim Tovim, and so forth — should be?
“You sure you don’t want some grapes?” Shana asks, motioning to the plastic bag on the desk. “No thanks.” I shake my head. It’s the first day of seminary, first day inIsrael, and first day in a dorm. My new roommate, Shana, is finishing off her snack, left over from the plane ride. I’m exhausted from the long flight.