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FYI: Governor Sends Best Wishes to Jewish and Islamic Communities

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Sept. 20, 2007 – Gov. John P. deJongh Jr. extends greetings to the Jewish community on the holidays known as the "High Holidays." These days, considered the most important holidays of the Jewish year, are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, which is commonly known as the Jewish New Year, literally means, "head of the year" or "first of the year" in Hebrew. During this time, the Jewish community begins introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes they will make in the New Year. The name "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement" and that practically explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to make amends for the sins of the past year.
DeJongh also extends best wishes to the Islamic community on Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that Muslims observe the Fast of Ramadan. Lasting for the entire month, Muslims fast during the daylight hours and in the evening, eating small meals and visiting with friends and family. It is also a time of worship and reflection as well as a time to strengthen family and community ties.

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The following material is being published, unedited, exactly as it was received via e-mail from the office of the government official named below, as a Source community service. Government office holders wishing to contribute to the bulletin board must e-mail source@viaccess.net. The Source reserves the right to choose what is published.
Sept. 20, 2007 - Gov. John P. deJongh Jr. extends greetings to the Jewish community on the holidays known as the "High Holidays." These days, considered the most important holidays of the Jewish year, are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, which is commonly known as the Jewish New Year, literally means, "head of the year" or "first of the year" in Hebrew. During this time, the Jewish community begins introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes they will make in the New Year. The name "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement" and that practically explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to make amends for the sins of the past year.
DeJongh also extends best wishes to the Islamic community on Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that Muslims observe the Fast of Ramadan. Lasting for the entire month, Muslims fast during the daylight hours and in the evening, eating small meals and visiting with friends and family. It is also a time of worship and reflection as well as a time to strengthen family and community ties.