The Last Shabbat of 5774

September 19, 2014

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, September 19, 2014.

The Last Shabbat of 5774

We are now in the final stretch for the High Holidays of 5774. As of Next Wednesday Evening, September 24, it will be Rosh HaShanah... Jewish New Year.

The Rabbis two millennia ago trying to trace back their lineage, and going to the “begot lists” (e.g. “When Adam had lived 130 years, he begot a son... and he named him Seth.” Genesis 5:3), they calculated all the when X was Y years old, he begot Z… then counting back to the birth of Adam, they counted another 5 days to calculate the age of the world!

According to Genesis, Adam was created on the fifth day of creation. So... according to the calculations of the Rabbis, the world was created 5775 years back from this coming Wednesday night! Of course, within the Jewish world, there are different opinions about how accurate that is. Is this to be understood literally? Were the first six days the same amount of time as our days today? Or, is the language symbolic? Whatever the beliefs of any individuals, the Jewish world still labels the dates of the years according to the ancient rabbis’ calculations. The start of a new year represents new beginnings. We work toward making the next year, 5775 a better and more peaceful year than the one that is concluding.

Best Wishes for a Healthy and Peaceful new year.

   Shanah Tovah