Sep 28, 2011

Jewish Holidays Begin

David DolanBy David Dolan

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Tonight at sunset, Jews here in Israel and around the world will celebrate Rosh Ha Shana, the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The coming year will be counted as 5772, meaning there are just another 28 years until the year 6,000, when many Orthodox rabbis and others teach that the current world as we know it may come to an end. Under this teaching, the world will last only 7,000 years, corresponding to the seven days of creation spoken of in the biblical book of Genesis. The final thousand years are thought to be a tranquil period under the benevolent rule of Israel’s Messiah, ruling the nations from Jerusalem. This teaching is echoed in the prophecies found in the New Testament’s book of Revelation, penned by the Apostle John nearly 2,000 years ago.

Here in Israel, shops, schools and most restaurants and places of entertainment will be closed until next Sunday as people get together for festive meals and gather in synagogues to mark the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur follows the holiday on October 7th .

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