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L’Shanah Tovah!

Happy new year to all of my Jewish friends!

Tonight at sunset, Rosh Hashanah begins — that’s the Jewish New Year’s Day. They get a good deal, because their New Year’s holiday runs a full two days, until sunset on Sunday.

And if I may explain a little more, just to prove that I really do know it:

  • L’shanah tovah combines the Hebrew word le, meaning “to” or “for,” shanah, meaning “year,” and tovah, meaning “good.” Hebrew has no indefinite article like our English “a” or “an,” so the translation is “to a good year.”
  • Rosh Hashanah combines the Hebrew word rosh, meaning “top,” ha, meaning “the,” and shanah, meaning “year.” So the translation is “top of the year.”

To all my Jewish and non-Jewish family, friends, classmates, teachers, and anyone else I forgot to list — L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu — “May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year!”

Your shiksa friend,

Copyright 2009 by Rinth de Shadley.

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