We're in a Rosh Hashanah countdown, with the holidays coming earlier this year than they have since 1899. Looking for an explanation, we found one on the website of Chicago's Spertus Institute.
Though the holidays fall on the same dates every year on the Hebrew calendar, their placement varies widely on the Gregorian (or Western) calendar. This is because the Gregorian calendar is solar and the Hebrew calendar is lunisolar, meaning it is regulated by the movement of both the moon and sun. This year's Rosh Hashanah marks the earliest possible date on which the holiday can occur. It has been 115 years since Rosh Hashanah was observed on this date and it won't happen again until 2089.
There are many traditions associated with Rosh Hashanah, most of them going back to ancient times. But there's a new one that's only a few years old -- the appearance of music videos on the Internet specific to the holiday.
We've got seven more posting days until the three days of Yom Tov and Shabbat start, and we've received more than seven music videos. So we'll try to pick a few of the best to share with you. Today we're sharing the work of Julie Geller, a singer and songwriter we hadn't been aware of until now.
Julie, raised in Colorado where she now lives with her family, also spent time in Boston, San Diego, and Israel. She has taken on a mission to bring love and healing into the world through her music.
Her unique blend of original Hebrew and inspiring English music has been hailed as "powerful and refreshing." She does this by setting ancient Hebrew texts to music or by - in the words of one music critic - "marrying quality lyrics with soothing music." She has released four CDs and two singles.
Julie is a graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She studied at Bar Ilan University and Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel.
Here is her newest music video, Gates of Love, just released in time for Rosh Hashanah.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)