Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Why The Jewish Holidays Are Always Early...Or Late

Today is Rosh Chodesh Elul, the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, which raises our awareness that we are only a month away from the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

 Rosh Hashanah is early this year, coming on September 9th and 10th.  But is it really early, and is it ever really late?  

We found the clearest, most concise explanation of how the Jewish calendar works in a video by Rabbi Tzvi Gluckin, a Boston speaker, author, and Jewish educator who has a talent for presenting complex ideas with clarity and great enthusiasm.

Rabbi Gluckin is author of three books:  The Glue Factor: The Sticky Secret of Campus Recruiting, Everything You Want Is Really Jewish, and the soon to be released Discover This.  His articles and essays are featured in the book Heaven on Earth (published by Targum Press), on the award-winning website, and in the Jerusalem Post online edition.  

He is a regular contributor to the innovative webinar site, Project Sinai, and his live classes are often presented in conjunction with the Orthodox Union and its youth organization, NCSY..  He also lectured at Tufts University as a Visiting Professor.  He is a sought after lecturer on campuses and communities throughout North America, and his videos, articles, and over 50 MP3 recordings of his talks can be found on the web at and his own site,


During this month we will be including more posts related to the holidays.  We'll keep posting our usual mix of standup comedy, jokes, unusual Jewish song and dance, recipes, and unbelievable happenings in the Jewish world, but some of them will have a close connection with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.  So stay tuned, and enjoy with us!