No other infield has ever produced such as season. We can’t be awake every night, but there is only one night in the year that believers were commanded to watch. The 1934 Detroit Tigers boasted the greatest infield ever assembled.
The New Year is a time to reflect upon the past, while looking forward to the future. It has been so since the early Romans, who dedicated the first day of the New Year to theirGod, Janus, keeper of the gate and the door.
Many people around the world exchange gifts on New Year’s Day. This dates back to the early Romans who exchanges branches of palms and bay laurel as tokens of good luck. Shop keepers in ancient Persia (Iran), gave eggs to their customers symbolizing new life and new beginnings.
Because it is one thing when you live in a free country, and it is another when the religion of the leader is imposed upon you. Say a Jew became president and enforced all American families to convert, made his Cabinet, Congress, and the Senate Jewish. How about Jewish national holidays and strict celebration of Hannukah? Our calendars would be rewritten to have Rosh Hashanah be the New Year. And if you did not abide by the laws, you would simply be killed. Now go back into Iraq mode. See why they fight now?
It was not until the 1500’s and the introduction of the Gregorian calendar that the New Year began to be observed on January 1. Still in many parts of the world New Year’s Day falls on a day other then the first of January.
Not the rest of the year. Attend Shabbat services or any minor holiday free of charge. That’s fine. But on those large important holidays – the two that make up what we know as the High Holy Days or High Holidays – you can only come in the doors of the sanctuary with a ticket.
For this High Holy Day, pomegranates are a favorite. This fruit has symbolic significance to the Jewish people, because the fruit contains 613 seed, which mirrors the 613 commandments (mitzvoth) that Jewish people seek to follow. Also, many see the pomegranate’s seeds as representing abundance and a reminder of the people’s obedience during the prior year.
You don’t need to wait till September 18 to begin using this greeting since, like the non-Jewish person uses “Happy New Year” from a few days before, so does the Jew. So, if you run into friends who greet you with “Shana Tova,” smile and greet them the same way, right back. If you wish to use a greeting more specific to the Day of Atonement you can wait to begin using that till after September 19 though the rule is never hard and fast. And remember, as you do, that you are following a tradition which was followed by the Lord Jesus Christ, himself.