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  1/1/2014, Tevet 29, 5774

Podcast: Should Jews Celebrate New Year's Day?


On the Gregorian calendar, Wednesday is New Year's Day, January 1st. But Jewish new year's occurs in the autumn on Rosh Hashanna. Is there anything wrong with Jewish people participating in the festivities? Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio show host Tovia Singer explores the question and takes listener's phone calls in his latest podcast on the issue. 

He described the differences between the lunar and solar calendars and the origins of the modern holiday dates at the First Council of Nicaea in which Emperor Constantine declared, "it seemed very unworthy for us to keep this most sacred feast following the custom of the Jews, a people who have soiled their hands in a most terrible outrage, and have thus polluted their souls, and are now deservedly blind. Since we have cast aside their way of calculating the date of the festival, we can ensure that future generations can celebrate this observance at the more accurate time..."

For a detailed discussion download the mp3 by clicking here.