SkyWatch Friday time!
Saturday night is New Year’s Eve, a night that is celebratory, a night that welcomes the new year on the Gregorian or Civil calendar. At the stroke of midnight we say good bye to the year 2011 and welcome the year 2012.
For Jews, this is double-fold , as we already welcomed the new year 5772 according to the Hebrew calendar on 1 Tishri. We are still in the current year.
If we look at the Gregorian calendar, tonight will be the last Shabbat in the year 2011, but it is not the last Shabbat celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar. We have many more Shabbosim left before the Hebrew new year of 5773.
Take a moment, tonight at sunset, to reflect on both the worlds we live in…the Jewish world and its many traditions and beliefs, and the modern world which follows the Gregorian calendar. Try to reflect on how you have blended both these worlds into your lives, and how they have become compatible with each other in the scheme of things.
Have a wonderful 2012. Shabbat Shalom!
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December 30, 2011 – 4 Tevet, 5772