Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy New Yearrrrrr

Isn't it disconcerting when two festive occasions fall on the same day?

Today, for instance—at least until sundown—is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, traditionally celebrated with prayer, the eating of apples and honey, and the sounding of a ram's horn. But it's also International Talk Like a Pirate Day, traditionally celebrated by—well, I'm sure you can figure it out.

It makes things confusing. You get conversations like, "Pass them thar apples and honey, matey" and "Avast, I hear the sound of the shofarrrrrr." And how is the rabbi likely to react if she says, "May you be inscribed and sealed in the book of life," and you respond with "Yarrr!"?

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