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Audio: Should Jews Celebrate New Year's Day?

Heavy questions about heavy issues as callers and chatter voice their opinion about Judaism, Atheism, Christianity, New Year's and more.
1/1/2014, 2:59 PM

A7 Radio's "The Tovia Singer Show" with Tovia Singer
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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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Tovia Singer is a rabbi and the founder and director of Outreach Judaism. He is the author of the Let's Get Biblical hardcover book and audio series. He originally started broadcasting with Arutz Sheva - Israel National Radio in 2002.
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