January 1, 2017 4:56 am at 4:56 am #618945
happy new year!January 1, 2017 5:44 am at 5:44 am #1207457
Why are you counting years from yushke?January 1, 2017 5:46 am at 5:46 am #1207458
Goyish!January 1, 2017 9:04 am at 9:04 am #1207459
Yes seriously. Hashkafos need to be rethought. Mistakes were made by original poster.January 1, 2017 11:57 am at 11:57 am #1207460
Thank you for wishing me a happpy new year! It’s only three months late -that’s not so bad – at least for me – I do many things more than 3 months late.January 1, 2017 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #1207461
mamish such a zerizus. wishing me a new year 9 months early. wow you really are quickJanuary 1, 2017 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm #1207462
2017 is not a count from anything. There was nobody well known in any other religion born in the year 1January 1, 2017 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #1207463
Rather than say Happy New Year (oops, I just did, didn’t I???), I vastly prefer to wish each and every one of you in the Coffee Room a happy, meaningful Zos Chanukah. I haven’t had much chance to read, much less post, here recently, being exceptionally busy with Bubby stuff B”H, as well as the usual things that I have taken upon myself this year. I have not forgotten my friends in the CR, and look forward to finding and making the time to pore over the words of wisdom that I have often found in this forum (and if it’s shtuss, I’ll just pass right over it, so be forewarned well in advance). 🙂
Chag Sameach, everyone!
OomisJanuary 1, 2017 5:31 pm at 5:31 pm #1207464
There was a Tzaddik who greeted and said Happy New Year to all Yidden. They asked his intentions, he said look at the difference how we celebrate our New Years, and how the gentiles do. Don’t we deserve a good year?January 1, 2017 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #1207465
Pearls of wisdumb.
<End Shtuss>January 1, 2017 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm #1207466
Until the British adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, they (and the American colonists) celebrated the New Year in March.January 1, 2017 6:06 pm at 6:06 pm #1207467
joe jake and everyone: Happy New Year 🙂
JJ is right!
It’s true that Chanukah is considered by some to be the start of the new year!
When I was in Israel I listened to a Rabbi’s shiur about it on Torah Anytime. He said that the lights are a renewing of our neshamot. Today alone is literally a time of great spiritual transformation.
Also last night I read an article on Chabad’s Jewish Woman site about how Chanukah relates to Rosh Hashanah.
Chag Samayach indeed 🙂 🙂 🙂January 1, 2017 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm #1207468
There is a story with someone – it’s either Rav Avigdor Miller, zatsal, or Rav Avraham Pam, zatsal. One of his talmidim (we’ll call him Reuven) was engaged. Reuven was of course very excited and he called his friend Shimon to tell him. Shimon asked him when he’s getting married, and Reuven gave him the goyish date. Shimon immediately started giving him mussar, “how can you go by the goyish date?!!”
Reuven was really hurt by this. He then called his Rav (either Rav Avigdor Miller or Rav Avraham Pam) and told him that he was a chosson. His Rav was really excited and asked him when he’s getting married. He again gave the goyish date. The Rav got really excited and said, “Wow, that is also my anniversary! We will be celebrating our anniversaries on the same day”.
After that, Reuven always made sure to send his Rav a card on their mutual anniversary wishing him a happy anniversary and sending him a picture of his ever-growing family, bli ayin hara.
I think maybe the Rav was nifter shortly after the mutual anniversary one year. In any case, when Reuven went to be menachem avel his wife, she made a point of telling him how much the Rav enjoyed his cards and pictures every year.
I think that wishing someone a Happy new year might be slightly different since new year’s is actually a religious holiday, although most don’t realize that.
But even so, perhaps I owe you an apology, Joe Jake, for not acting in the footsteps of (Rav Avigdor Miller or Rav Avraham Pam) and instead giving a sarcastic response,
so it was very nice and thoughtful of you to wish me a happy new year (ok, it wasn’t personally me, but I was included), even though I don’t celebrate it.
And I wish everyone in the CR a happy and good new month!!!! (Teves)January 1, 2017 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm #1207469
LB +1! That was so nice how you were melamed zchus and found a way to reconcile things.January 1, 2017 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm #1207470
I cannot say for Israel, but in the US it makes a BIG difference if you have a Baby born on December 31st or January 1stJanuary 2, 2017 12:13 am at 12:13 am #1207471
Awesome story!!! 🙂
—And here is little of what I was referring to:
“[A]ccording to the mystics, the time between the High Holidays and Chanukah are intrinsically linked.1
Our tradition teaches that on Rosh Hashanah, G?d decides what our year will look like. Yet these decisions are actually sealed on Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot.
“1. See, for example, Rav Tzvi Elimelech Shapiro, Shaar Yissachar, Yemei Orah 36.”January 2, 2017 12:31 am at 12:31 am #1207472
LU: the anniversary story was Rav Pam.January 2, 2017 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm #1207473
Iacisrmma – thanks! I always mix them up. Their first names both start with the same letter, and I think they were both nifter around the same time, or maybe I only really started hearing about both of them at the same time.January 4, 2017 7:48 pm at 7:48 pm #1207474
LU, Rav Paysach Krohn says that story about Rav Pam zatz”l. It’s a beautiful story that could have equally happened with Rav Miller zatz”lJanuary 4, 2017 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #1207475
Geordie613: That’s if R’ Miller’s anniversary was in August. The exact date is mentioned in the story but I don’t recall if it was August 15th or 22nd.January 4, 2017 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm #1207476
Iacisrmma – whoa, you are good!January 5, 2017 2:01 am at 2:01 am #1207477
No, it’s definitely Rav Pam
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