Happy New Year!

Sundown tonight marks what must be a pretty rare coincidence, though Google stubbornly won’t tell me how rare it is, in that it marks the start of a new year on both the Jewish and Islamic (Hijri) calendars. Welcome to the years 5777 and 1438, respectively. You likely already know that the Hebrew term for “new year” is Rosh Hashanah, and maybe you also know that the Arabic term is raʾs al-sanah, or in other words basically the same term. In Arabic you could also say raʾs al-ʿam, but then you’d lose the whole “Hebrew and Arabic have a common Semitic root” message. Anyway, for those observing either calendar, Happy New Year! Thanks for reading!


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