“Leshana Tova Tikoseiv Vesichoseim.”
“May you be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year and for a Good and Peaceful Life.”
Last night, Septenber 8, 2010, at sundown marked the beginning observance of the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah. So today is the first day of the Jewish year 5771. The observance of Rosh Hashanah comes to end end tomorrow night, September 10, 2010, at sunset.
Here is some background on Rosh Hashanah according to Wikipedia:
Rosh Hashanah is the start of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar (one of four “new year” observances that define various legal “years” for different purposes as explained in the Mishnah and Talmud). It is the new year for people, animals, and legal contracts. The Mishnah also sets this day aside as the new year for calculating calendar years and sabbatical (shmita) and jubilee (yovel) years. Jews believe Rosh Hashanah represents either analogically or literally the creation of the World, or Universe. However, according to one view in the Talmud, that of R. Eleazar, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of man, which entails that five days earlier, the 25 of Elul, was the first day of creation of the Universe.
May God bless all of His people!