The Jewish New Year – Rosh HaShanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, 29 September and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning the “beginning [of] the year” is the Jewish New Year.

What greetings are appropriate on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur?

On Rosh HaShanah, we can say “Shanah tovah um’tukah,” which means “May you have a good and sweet new year.” The greeting can be shortened to “Shanah tovah” (“A good year”). As on any happy holiday or festival, we can say “Chag sameach!” (“Happy holiday!”).

Another traditional greeting for both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is a Yiddish greeting, “Gut yontif,” which means “Wishing you a good holiday.”

Special greetings on Yom Kippur include “G’mar chatima tovah,” which means, “May you be inscribed (or sealed) for good [in the Book of Life],” and “tzom kal,” which is used to wish others an “easy fast.”

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Navaratri – the Nine Days of the Goddess

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Global Climate Strike: Shepparton

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First Do No Harm

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Sometimes it seems like Buddhism doesn’t have much relevance to environmental problems. Can Buddhist philosophy solve climate change? Can meditation bring back lost species? I think about these things much of the time, trying to find my way in a world of plummeting ecosystem health. Every semester my students say, “But what can one person do?” If I don’t have some good answers, they won’t be able to move forward with the important work of saving the planet.

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With hajj under threat, it’s time Muslims joined the climate movement

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UN International Day of Peace

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Lay community key to reforming Catholicism

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Faith Based Urban Thinkers Campus

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What is it Like to be a Childless Woman?

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Season of Creation

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