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January 2019 ......................... Tevet - Shevat 5779 ......................... Volume 14 Issue 1

Measures of Time

Angela Kunkel
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Angela Renee Kunkel

 


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  Many civilizations around the world have just recently celebrated the start of the New Year on the Gregorian calendar known as the year 2019. Earliest recorded festivities in honor of a “New Years” arrival date back some four thousand years to ancient Babylon. January first became “New Year’s Day” around 46BC by emperor Julias Caesar, partly to honor Janus, the roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.

The Jewish calendar traditionally has four different days dedicated to the new year, each with a different purpose. This may seem unusual, but not so much when we realize that time is unceasing. Since creation, the Holy One created markers: days, nights, weeks, months, and years. Units of time serve as measures for human activity in education, commerce, leisure, agriculture, and religion. In order to make sure that certain

  mitzvot (commandments) were completed at their appointed times, four different Jewish New Years were established to provide “markers” for
these activities.

Shanah Tocah
Shanah Tovah (Have a Good Year!)


The first of the month of Nisan is to be the “beginning of the months” (Exodus 12:2, Deuteronomy 16:1). Even though the new year begins with Tishrei, the months are numbered from the month of the Exodus.
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