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It's September 8th! Shofar So Good?

Wow!!! Amazing how time goes by so quickly. There is a song by the Tempos. Perhaps you've heard it. It's entitled, See you in September. Here it is compliments of ak47bandit on youtube. Click here!

Depending upon where you are in the world, when summer begins and when it ends determines the start of the educational year. Most people in the United States embrace the end of August to be the end of summer, especially with the return of school.

Yet summer is not over until about September 22nd in the United States with the beginning of autumn equinoxes the next day. Perhaps that’s why my daughters Girl Scout registration day is September 24Th with official start October 1, 2010.

At at any rate, school is in session. A family member called and asked if I were taking my girls to school today. My answer, yes. Apparently some parents are still protesting the midweek start. In case you didn't already know, Rosh Hashanah is on Thursday and Friday.

New York City Public Schools will be closed after today's start with a return on Monday, September 13, 2010. Many parents were unhappy about this decision. The schools chancellor, Joel I. Klien announced that the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) opted to keep September 8th as the official start of school so that Brooklyn Queens Day can continue to be a day off! At least that what I recall.

Brian Gibbons of UFT explains it DOE won’t change first day of classes | United Federation of Teachers">here.

While much debate is about the calender, lets educate ourselves about Rosh Hashanah. What is it anyway? Go to Chabad.org one will find that it means head of year in Jewish tradition. It's an anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and their first actions towards the realization of mankind's role in God's world,as identified on the chabad.org site.

The story of Adam and Eve can be found in most Holy Bibles in Genesis Chapter 2. One can read the story via biblegateway. Click Here. The day also commemorates man's first sin and repentance; Eating the fruit of the tree which was forbidden and asking God for forgiveness. Many blow the shofar, a rams horn to signify calling a people to their king.

This two day celebration marks the start of ten days of repentance, which ends on Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. Special observations are to bless each other with kind words and eat apples dipped in honey to signify the desire for a sweet year. Now, that's a nice new meaning to give a teacher an apple and a kind phrase for the start of this season!

Be Educated; Be Blessed! Comments are welcome below and on facebook, Peace.

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