Sunday, 18 October 2009

Chodesh Tov!

Chodesh Tov and Shavuah Tov to everyone. Since it is a new month and still the beginning of the year, it is a good time to chat about another adjustment to make when coming to Israel. Calendars and Diaries.

Sounds simple. At the end of the year or towards the end of the year, one purchases a new diary, new calendar, wall calendar etc and that's that - right? When making Aliya it is not quite so simple.

Yes, at the end of the year you need to obtain a new diary or calendar, but the new diary now will be different. The focus of the diaries and calendars all go according to the Jewish Calendar. Sounds good, now things come in keeping with the seasons, months, special days etc that we follow anyway.

Still it can be a little bit of an adjustment. Suddenly a new diary begins in September or October. The truth is the diary begins on 1st Tishrei. It might be an adjustment but in a very good way. It forces us to shift our focus to the yearly cycle that is in keeping with the Torah and Jewish festivals.

Yes, you can find diaries that have the Hebrew date with the equivalent secular date as well.

For those making Aliya, some banks give a diary as a gift to new Olim when opening a bank account, if you open it close to the beginning of the new year. They don't always offer this, so ask. The worst that can happen is they will say the diaries are all given out or this year we are only giving to our staff. But, the good side is you just might get a lovely new diary - as a welcome gift.

Misrad HaKlita also has a diary they compile that they offer to Olim around the start of the new year. If it is not easily visible when you are at the reception desk, again ask if they have any. The diary from Misrad HaKlita also gives you the option of having Hebrew and the Language of origin. English, Russian, French Spanish.

If you are new to Hebrew, here are a few new words for you:
Chodesh חודש is month
Tov טוב is new
Luach Shanah לוח שנה is a calendar
Yoman יומן is a diary

Speaking of Hebrew, the diary will obviously operate from right to left, the opposite to how you read or open your books and diaries in English.

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