Happy New Year!!!

To my friends, followers and readers – Maybe this New Year is going to be the one that fulfills all your dreams and so start it with a joyful and a vibrant soul! Here’s wishing you a prosperous new year! As we celebrate the New Year, I wish everyone success, a healthy long life and a fresh new start. Happy New Year!

ABBA Happy New Year!!!

Lyrics

No more champagne
And the fireworks are through
Here we are, me and you
Feeling lost and feeling blue
It’s the end of the party
And the morning seems so grey
So unlike yesterday
Now’s the time for us to say

Happy New Year
Happy New Year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbor is a friend
Happy New Year
Happy New Year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Sometimes I see
How the brave new world arrives
And I see how it thrives
In the ashes of our lives
Oh yes, man is a fool
And he thinks he’ll be okay
Dragging on, feet of clay
Never knowing he’s astray
Keeps on going anyway

Happy New Year
Happy New Year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbor is a friend
Happy New Year
Happy New Year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Seems to me now
That the dreams we had before
Are all dead, nothing more
Than confetti on the floor
It’s the end of a decade
In another ten years time
Who can say what we’ll find
What lies waiting down the line
In the end of eighty-nine

Happy New Year
Happy New Year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbor is a friend
Happy New Year
Happy New Year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

MERRY CHRISTMAS – JOY TO THE WORLD

Yet another year has almost come to an end and with the magical time of Christmas waiting just around the corner and a new year impatiently waiting to get started, I wish you and your loved ones Happy Hollidays, Merry Christmas and a very good and successful New Year. 

Joy to The world Merry Christmas
I hope that the coming new year will bring lots of optimism and positivity into your live and that Santa Claus will be especially good to you and every one dear to you. 

Special Wishes for a wonderful Christmas Season
and for a Happy New Year filled with fun and happiness.

 

 

Ten Important Passover Facts – Passover (Pesach in Hebrew)

 

By Mihran Kalaydjian, CHA

Marketing/Media Writer, Strategist and Consultant

 

Ten Important Passover Facts

 

Ten Important Passover Facts

  1. Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is the oldest continuously celebrated Jewish festival.
  2. The rabbis developed the ritual of the seder based on passages from the Torah.  The Torah is made up of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. For Jews, the Torah is the most holy of all the Biblical writings.
  3. The Hebrew word seder means order.  The seder is traditionally celebrated in the home, although community seders are also popular.
  4. The Haggadah is a book that contains the entire service used for the Passover seder.  The central message for Jews in the Haggadah is that God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. In the Haggadah, the name of Moses is mentioned only once, in order to prevent Moses from becoming idolized.
  5. The Hebrew word for Egypt is “mitz-rah-yim.”  When Jews talk about being “enslaved in mitzrahyim,” they mean not only in Egypt but also in all the times and places where Jews were not free to practice their religion.

    Seder Cup

  6. On every seder table there is is a symbolic fifth cup of wine called the “Cup for Elijah.”  There is a teaching that the Prophet Elijah will answer Jewish legal questions that the ancient rabbis could not resolve. One of these questions was whether we drink four or five cups of wine or grape juice at the seder.  We hope that Elijah will visit us on the night of the seder.  If that happens, Elijah will tell us whether we should drink froui or five cups.  Elijah will also be able to drink the cup that is set aside for him.
  7. Three pieces of matzah are placed in the middle of the table.  They represent the three classes of Jewish people in ancient times: the Kohens — the priestly class responsible for the administration of the Temple sacrifices, the Levites — the priestly class responsible for the actual performance of the Temple sacrifices, and the Israelites — all other Jews.
  8. The Afikomen is the last piece of food eaten at the seder.  The word afikomen is the Hebrew form of the Greek word epikomion, which means dessert.  It is a tradition to hide the afikomen, and for the children to find and “negotiate” for its return.  The seder cannot be concluded until the afikomen is redeemed.
  9. One of the most important concepts of the seder is that each person gain a personal understanding of the original exodus experience.
  10. The exodus from Egypt is such an important event in Jewish history that it is mentioned in specific prayers each day.