When the sun sets on Wednesday, September 4, Jews around the world will celebrate the new year 5774. Rosh Hashanah begins earlier than usual this year. Actually, it hasn't fallen this early on the secular calendar since 1899. To understand the Jewish calendar, there's no better place to go than Steve Morse's remarkable One-Step web sites.
Many genealogists are familiar with Morse's portals for searching large databases like the Ellis Island Foundation. If you're looking for passenger lists, naturalization papers, census returns, or vital records, Steve Morse's powerful tools help in countless ways. Making sense of calendars can be a challenge for historians and genealogists. The Jewish calendar has fascinated Steve all his life, as he explains here. You'll find out exactly how it got to be 5774 already.
The Days of Awe began with Rosh Hashanah and ends with the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.
Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, the Library has a variety of titles to help you learn more about Jewish traditions and customs. Nonfiction titles like Days of Awe and The Yom Kippur Anthology are interesting guides. Stories about growing up Jewish are a more personal, intimate way to celebrate and immerse yourself in another person's experience.