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Vol. IX, No. 1
Supplement to The Southern Israelite
September, 1986/Av-Elul, 5746
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below to find the true answer to this question (from The Great
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According to Jewish tradition, what important event oc
curred in the year 1?
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Why Is It 5747
And Not 1986?
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Friday night,
October 3, 1986. On that evening, the new year will become
5747! Where did we get that number? Why is the year 5747 instead
of 1986 on the Jewish calendar?
Actually, the Hebrew words “Rosh Hashanah” really mean
“head of the year”. On Rosh Hashanah, we are celebrating a birth
day - the birthday of the world! In the evening of October 3rd, we
*tfill celebrate the 5747th birthday of the world!
But scientists tell us the world is older than that! They say the
world is at least 4% billion years old! How did the Jewish people
get the number 5747?
For hundreds of years, Jews used to count the years beginning
with the exodus from Egypt. In other words, the first year after
leaving Egypt was the year one. After the Holy Temple in Jeru
salem was destroyed, the Rabbis decided to use the creation of
the world as year number one.
But how did they figure out when the world began? The Rabbis
studied all of the information they had, especially the Bible. They
counted all of the periods of time mentioned in the Bible, such as
the ages of Noah and Abraham, and the seven days of creation. They
counted the days and years as we do today. For example,
they counted a day as 24 hours, just as we do now.
Of course, the Rabbis knew that the time mentioned in the
Bible was not the same as it is today. But they added up the number
of years anyway, knowing that the numbers were not exact. The
total number of years was meant to be a symbol, just a way to help
The number of years we celebrate is not important. The im
portant part is that on Rosh Hashanah we remember to celebrate the
birthday of the world!
(Primary source: To Be A Jew by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin; Basic Books, Inc.
Publishers; Copyright, 1972.)
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