On these two days, several prayers associated with Rosh Hashanah are recited from a prayer book called the Machzor. These prayers are also used during other Jewish holidays, including Yom Kippur. Conservative and Orthodox Jews observe the holiday over the course of two days, but Reform Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana for one day. … [Read more...] about Rosh Hashanah 2018: Prayers, Key Facts About Jewish New Year
It marks the beginning of the year, according to the teachings of Judaism, because it is the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve - the first man and woman according to the Hebrew Bible - and the inauguration of humanity's role in God's world. … [Read more...] about When does Rosh Hashanah 2018 start, what does it mean and how do Jews celebrate New Year?
When did Islamic New Year start? Islamic New Year begins with the sighting of the new moon at sunset. … [Read more...] about When is Muharram 2018 and how is Islamic New Year celebrated?
The government partially shut down at the start of Saturday night after funding lapsed for numerous agencies, including those that operate national parks, homeland security, law enforcement, tax collection and transportation, expired at midnight. Close to 400,000 federal workers are expected to be sitting at home without pay until a deal is reached, and numerous services will be halted in that time, with the effects broadening the longer the funding lapse lasts. … [Read more...] about ‘Very possible’ shutdown could last into new year, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says
A spate of terror attacks has swept Europe in recent years, with the Islamic State (or ISIS) often claiming responsibility. In some of these attacks, Christmas markets and other holiday events have been specifically targeted. On December 11, a shooter attacked a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Five people died as a result of the attack and about a dozen were left injured. ISIS claimed responsibility. … [Read more...] about Is Europe Safe? U.S. Issues Security Alert in Barcelona Over Terrorism Threat During Christmas and New Year’s