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Old 12-31-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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So do most Jews celebrate January 1st as a new year and do you personally celebrate it?

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Old 12-31-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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So do most Jews celebrate January 1st as a new year and do you personally celebrate it?
No significance whatsoever for me. Although I must admit that I don't complain that I get the day off from work. I plan to be in bed early enough tonight to ensure I'm not tired at Shacharis tomorrow morning.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:16 PM
 
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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No significance whatsoever for me. I'm on call so others may.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:48 PM
 
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I grew up a secular gentile, so old habits are hard to lose. It's no longer a major celebration, though. We are watching TV tonight and having guacamole.

And when someone wishes me a happy 2014, I secretly think now, "You're wrong. It's not 2014 at all". They mean well, though.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:09 PM
 
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We had a good sized 9pm Maariv minyan in shul tonight. Daf Hayomi shiur at 8pm had all the usuals. Nobody missed. Looked like any other night in shul.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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Shacharit....Starbucks....A little shopping....still on call.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:23 PM
 
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You mean ya all don't consider 2014 a "New Year" or anything ~? We live in a secular world and should recognize it just like the stop light or sign~!
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:26 PM
 
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I'm a fairly low key person, so a lot of the celebration parts of New Year makes me anxious. You'd never catch me in Times Square, for instance. It's also my birthday which means I can pretty much never go out to dinner on my birthday, which is a total bummer! I really end up celebrating my half birthday because it's just easier to do!

But as I've said before in this forum, I do like reasons to celebrate, even if they are not necessarily part of my faith tradition. I'll be happy to celebrate the Chinese New Year in a few weeks!
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:22 AM
 
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You mean ya all don't consider 2014 a "New Year" or anything ~? We live in a secular world and should recognize it just like the stop light or sign~!
Yes, it is the beginning of a new civil calendar, but what is there to celebrate?

The things that most do on New Years - celebrating with family and friends, reflection on the past year, and hopes and dreams for coming one - we do on Rosh HaShanah.
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