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Did You Know?

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Some facts about some of the items we use for the mitzvos, customs, and simanim of Rosh HaShanah

 

The New Calendar Year

C.B. Gavant

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?

 

Squashed

As told to Brocha Miller

“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.



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