While there's nothing wrong per se about celebrating with friends and family and striving to make the coming months more productive, there is a historical and religious dimension to January 1st as New Year's Day as well. In this live show, Tovia Singer discusses the history of the Jewish people and New Year's, including Emperor Constantine's First Council of Nicaea which wasn't exactly the most pro-Jewish event of its day. Also, the Hebrew calendar versus the Gregorian calendar.
In part 2, listeners call in and chat in with probing questions including: If we pour out wine to show of sadness for the Egyptians at the Red Sea, how should we feel about the deaths in the Arab Spring riots, Syrian civil war and other Middle Eastern conflicts? Is Judaism divine or simply a man-made invention?
All this and more.
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