A Good New Year to All

The past days, some greeted me “Shana Tova,” others, “Hag Sameach.”

So I thought both referred to the Jewish New Year.

Well, sort of.

My Israeli friend explained Hag Sameach is the Hebrew term for Happy Holiday, which can be used as a greeting for all Jewish holidays and festivals, Jewish New Year included.

Shana Tova, on the other hand, is the more appropriate greeting nowadays as it means A Good Year (to you).

So, my sincerest Shana Tova and Hag Sameach greetings to all my Israeli friends as well as my compatriots staying here in Israel.

My God shower us all with bountiful grace, and bless us with the best of the best in this coming Jewish New Year.


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