15 September 2012 – 28 Elul 5772
L’Shana Tova – A sweet and happy Jewish New Year
Tomorrow is Jewish New Year. In line with Jewish custom of never doing anything simply it takes place on the first day of the seventh month rather than on the first day of the first month; just before Autumn rather than in Spring. That said, the last twelve months have been an interesting old year and next year promises to be even more interesting.
Is it true that the Chinese curse you by wishing that you live in interesting times? According to that fountain of truth and wisdom (No, not the BBC) Wikipedia it is supposed to be the first of three curses of increasing severity, the other two being:
“May you come to the attention of those in authority” and “May your wishes be granted”.
Five Minutes for Israel wishes those who celebrate a new year 5,773 years after the creation of the world:
May you be written and sealed for a year of happiness, success, peace and prosperity and may all those things be boring, anonymous and not really what you were wishing for.