The Sound of Silence


By Rabbi Aaron Gol...
September 11, 2010
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First we had the problem of this current Gregorian year. Do we call it 2 thousand and ten or twenty-ten? Then the Hebrew calendar throws us one out of leftfield. In long-hand we have no problem. The year 5771 is

Chameishet alafim u’shva mei’ot v’shivim v’echad

However, we get into problems when we try to abbreviate the year assigning the associated Hebrew letters in place of numerical values. For 5771, we use a hey to stand for 5000, the letters having multiple uses as they are simply not enough of them for each value and so 5 stands for 5000. For 700 we have the taf equalling 400 added to the shin, 300. Next we get the ayin for 70 and the alef for 1. All seems okay but try pronouncing them as an acronym. Hatash…. What do we do with the two silent letters at the end?

Read on at http://www.npls.org.uk/Sermons/New/Erev%20Rosh%20Hashanah%205771.html

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clevenson (not verified)

Sun, 09/12/2010 - 00:32

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Why not just say 2010?


jose (not verified)

Sun, 09/12/2010 - 06:53

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Why not just say 2010?

Just tell that to your Muslim friends! They are 622 years behind.
Buddists have another calendar, roughly starting 500 years before the Christian one.
Hindus have another one, starting some 3100 years before the Christian one.
Chinese calendar started some 2700 years before the Christian one.

So why say 2010? We are not the majority to use this calendar, and by far. Asking "why" is childish, as if there was an absolute answer to such question.


Yvetta

Sun, 09/12/2010 - 09:17

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Clevenson is a Jew-baiter who should not be infesting these blogs.


Yvetta

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 15:06

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Strange how the Anonymoius moderator has not closed this blog but has closed blogs that are younger.
Why the discrimination Mr/Ms Anon?


JLCohen

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 15:21

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Wonderful sermon, Rabbi. I've liked all of those I've read by you, but this one is especially informative, interesting and inspiring.

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