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Rosh Hashanah is the Hebrew or Jewish New Year.

The Hebrew or Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar or fixed lunar year, based on twelve lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days.  The Old Testament in Numbers 28:14 implies that we should count the year by months and not by days.    

The Julian calendar’s solar year exceeds the Jewish calendar’s lunar year by approximately 11 days. Therefore, whenever this excess accumulates to about 30 days, one month is added and the particular year is made to consist of 13 months.  This happens about 7 times every 19 years.   Each Jewish lunar month starts with the new moon.

The Jewish calendar’s epoch (instance in time chosen as the origin of a particular era) has been Anno Mundi, abbreviated AM (Latin for “in the year of the world”), which is based on Biblical genealogies from the date of Creation.   This translates to approximately 3761 BCE in the Julian calendar.     

The Jewish year 5771 AM began on September 9, 2010, and since it is a 13-month year, ends on September 28, 2011.

So we wish our Jewish friends; Happy Rosh Hashanah 5772

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