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Happy 1 Nisan!

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Starting tonight, it is the first of Nisan, the head of the year. And how do you say “head of the year” in Hebrew? It’s Rosh Hashanah. So don’t we already have a head of the year? Well, yes. There are two. I asked editor-in-chief and HAFTR yeshiva graduate Alana Newhouse to explain. She said: “It’s complicated.” Maybe it has something to do with Nisan being “head of months,” not “head of the year?” Sure, that’s the ticket. “It has,” Alana adds, “to do with this guy.”

1 Nisan is also thought of as the memorial for the three Patriarchs, all of whom died in Nisan. Oh, and it’s also the day on which the universe was created. Which would make 7 Nisan the first Shabbat, I guess? Either way, that’s also tonight: happy 1 Nisan, and Shabbat Shalom.

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Michael S. says:

This is just sad. Tablet, you never cease to disappoint. You’ve wasted a perfect moment to educate Jews about something about which I’m sure very very few of your readers know anything.

Now, I’m no Torah scholar myself, and I won’t pretend like I know the significance of rosh khodesh Nisan, but I would imagine that Tablet, with its plethora of resources, would have been able to find some answers beyond “it’s complicated” and a Wikipedia article. So, why even write this post? A bit pathetic, no?

Also, when you quote the venerable Jon Lovitz, you really should give him credit.

There are 4 New Years:
For instance, there is also a new year for trees – “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot”

For those who want a Wiki source and info, here it is:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Mishnah/Seder_Moed/Tractate_Rosh_Hashanah/Chapter_1/1

“The four new years are:
On the first of Nisan, the new year for the kings and for the festivals;
On the first of Elul, the new year for the tithing of animals;
Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Shimon say, in the first of Tishrei
On the first of Tishrei, the new year for years, for the Sabbatical years and for the Jubilee years and for the planting and for the vegetables

On the first of Shevat, the new year for the trees, these are the words of the House of Shammai;
The House of Hillel says, on the fifteenth thereof.”

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