ROSH HASHANA Rosh HaShana designates the beginning of the Jewish new year. “Rosh” is Hebrew for “head” and Rosh HaShana refers to the head of the year on the 1st day of Tishri, the seventh month. Judaism has a solar/lunar calendar system, in which the lunar reckoning predominates. The first in the cycle of months…

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Welcome to Ignorance Abroad …with apologies to Mark Twain Herein I share my adventures in cultural ignorance and education the hard way. You’ll find some differences that are fascinating and intriguing, humorous, or irritating — the last two need not be mutually exclusive. What prompted me to create this series of articles? Years ago I…

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HISTORY OF PATRIOT DAY With the following words and many others, President George W. Bush designated September 11 to be regarded as Patriot Day, or America Remembers: By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On this first observance of Patriot Day, we remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist…

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.!. HISTORY OF LABOR DAY Labor Day is the day we celebrate the process our mothers went through in order to deliver us at birth. Sorry, wrong holiday. Labor Day is the day we celebrate the achievements of the American labor movement. While it is still disputed whether the holiday was first proposed by Peter…

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