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At sunset today, families and friends will gather to pray and then eat the traditional honey and apples, which symbolizes the hope for a sweet new year.

Today is Rosh Hashana, the day that marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashana comes from Hebrew and simply means “beginning of the year.”

Why isn’t the Jewish New Year on December 31st? The Hebrews used a lunar calendar long before the Gregorian calendar established the system used around the world. The Jewish calendar contains 12 months and consists of 353 to 355 days.

One tradition of the holiday is the blowing of the shofar, a ram’s horn that doubles as a wind instrument. In biblical times, its uses varied from communicating signals in battle to announcing the beginning of the Sabbath. Now, it is primarily used at synagogue services at this time of year.

The word “shofar” is from Hebrew, and it’s related to the Arabic word sawafiru, which means “ram’s horn.”

At sundown on September 17, Jews will observe Yom Kippur, which means “day of atonement.” During Yom Kippur, observers abstain from eating and drinking and participate in daylong prayers of repentance. Forgiveness is asked for sins committed during the year.

300-mile ride costs $10 on Midwest’s megabus

July 9, 2006 | Timothy W. Martin The airline industry has long had its upstart, low-cost, no- frills carriers. Now the bus industry has one serving eight Midwestern cities for as little as $1.50 a ride.

With visions of becoming the Southwest Airlines of the bus business, little megabus.com, a unit of Stagecoach Group’s Coach USA, is offering riders who are willing to wait on street corners trips between Chicago and Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul and St. Louis.

Targeting motorists who are weary of $3-a-gallon gasoline and congested highways, megabus has attracted 73,000 riders since it launched operations in April. Carmela Spates recently booked a round- trip ticket on megabus from Chicago to Milwaukee. The cost: $2.50. “It’s real cheap, so even when you stop and eat, you’re still saving money,” says Spates, a 38-year-old accountant. go to website megabus promotion code

The company’s bright blue, 55-seat buses are painted with pictures of portly uniformed men proclaiming “From $1″ above an asterisk that mentions “plus 50-cent reservation fee.” But not everyone rides so cheaply. Passengers book seats online on a first-come, first-served basis, and prices vary depending on availability, destination and departure time. As many as seven $1 tickets are sold per trip, but most riders pay $10 to $15. Fares can go as high as $50 for latecomers.

But most fares are significantly lower than those offered by Greyhound Lines Inc., a unit of Laidlaw International Inc. A one-way ticket from Chicago to Cleveland, purchased about two weeks in advance, costs $45 on Greyhound, compared with $15 on megabus. The same route and time on Amtrak sells for $69, though the trip is one hour shorter.

Of course, the inexpensive service still faces some bumps in the road. As one bus prepared to leave Chicago for Indianapolis Saturday morning, flames were spotted in a wheel well. After the fire was put out, the bus was pulled from service and replaced with another. megabuspromotioncodenow.com megabus promotion code

Joe Stanfield, a 23-year-old art dealer from Chicago, was waiting to board another megabus to St. Louis, where he was going to attend a bachelor party. He said he had seen a lot of strange things on buses around the country, but not a fire. “That’s a first,” he said. “And I hope it’s the last.” The incident highlights safety concerns that have been raised about low-fare buses in recent years. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recently stepped up scrutiny of inexpensive bus services running between Northeastern cities like Boston and Washington. Last year, buses run by Boston-based Fung Wah Bus Transportation Inc. and Travel Pack caught fire on the road.

Dale Moser, president of Coach USA, says he didn’t know about the incident, but that “we take all those issues very seriously.” He says the company has the most stringent preventive measures in the industry, inspecting its 18 buses every 6,000 miles or 45 days, and its drivers’ accreditation and work patterns meet federal standards, such as being limited to 10-hour shifts.

Low ridership forced the company to cancel service to and from Columbus, Ohio, but Moser says megabus is contemplating other routes in the Midwest. Expansion outside of the Midwest isn’t in the company’s plans, though he didn’t rule it out.

Because passengers book tickets online and megabus has no passenger terminals of its own (it stores its buses in downtown Chicago), expenses are kept to a minimum, about $15,000 a week, he says. Costs come to about $1.70 per mile traveled, so a Milwaukee- Chicago one-way trip totals about $160. “If I see us getting just north of 50 percent [seat capacity] that makes me extremely happy,” he says.

Still, rivals say they’re not too worried. An Amtrak spokesman says it has a much different clientele of overnight business travelers. “It’s really a different product,” the spokesman says. Greyhound says its customers can walk in and buy a ticket on the day they travel, rather than having to reserve it online. Then, they can wait in terminals with wireless Internet and TV sets.

While megabus coaches do have bathrooms, other amenities could go missing. One recent bus left Chicago for St. Louis with a broken air conditioner, so the driver climbed atop a seat and wedged a plastic bottle into the emergency exit to generate some air flow. “For $8, I can’t really complain,” says passenger Ryan Pearson, 24. “If it was like a Greyhound bus or a full-price bus I would have been angry, but I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever. What can you do?’” Timothy W. Martin

32 Comments

  1. Avrahim Chesterfield -  September 2, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Dearly beloved,

    I have read all of your comments, and I have some comments of my own. If Rosh HaShannah represents the new year of Judiasm, how do we ask God to forgive those that we have sinned(missing the mark, bulls eye)against,? In light of Yom Kippur, the most solemn day of Judiam and since Herod’s Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.. There are NO ARE NO MORE HIGH PRIESTS, NO HOLY OF HOLIES, NO ARK OF THE COVENANT, NO MERCY SEAT, NO CURTAIN…Where is the kaporah for the sins you have committed? And even if you did sacrifice an animal, which is without blemish, an animal’s blood could never forgive your sins could they, otherwise why would you celebrate Yom Kippur year after year after year, correct? The only way we can forgiven for our sins, is found in Tanakh, in Leviticus 17:11…,WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO REMISSION OF SINS….Do you understand what that means. It means that only a perfect human body/person could atone for sins once and for all…..and that was Yeshua Ha Mashiach. People wake up the Messiah has already come, he fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Tenakh. What are the chances of any one human being who is living today to fulfill even 1 prophecy? The odds of one prophecy being fulfilled would be equivalent to dumping billions of silver dollars into Dallas, Texas and marking one coin with a X on one side of the coin and you try to find it…there it is, but Yeshua did fulfill the prophecies and HE is beyond a shadow of doubt the promised Mashiach. One last question….if the Mashiach was to come today, how would you recognize HIM? If you were die right now, where would you spend all eternity? I know, would you like to know more….?

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  2. shlomo the jew -  June 13, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    i’m a modern orthodox jew and i disagree with the statement that all religeons are equal. i also think that jesus is not a son of G-D.

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  3. Diane -  September 25, 2012 - 7:48 am

    According to my 2012 calendar, Rosh Hashanah is on Sept 17th. Yom Kippur is onthe 26th. Obviously, it changes each year — with the moon cycles.

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  4. Lorraine -  November 22, 2010 - 10:13 am

    My daughter has homework on The Fesitval of Rosh Hashanah, the question shes has is to name three lessons non Jews could learn from this festival

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  5. KT -  October 13, 2010 - 10:33 pm

    To KI from KT,

    Thank you for your resolution! It has inspired me so, I have adopted it as my own this year as well:)

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  6. CK -  September 13, 2010 - 1:31 am

    Amy-Lou, my pleasure! Glad you found it helpful! Thank you for responding.

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  7. AMY-LOU -  September 10, 2010 - 9:25 am

    Thanks ck for answering my question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And i 100% agree with you “P.S. All religions can’t be the same if Jesus claims to be not only the Son of God who, as he himself predicted, would die to atone for our sins, but also claimed to be the way, the truth (Greek = reality), and the life, and that no one comes to the Father (God) except through him (Jesus). If Jesus is the only way, then there is a big difference. Not narrow minded but if he is truth, then this is true. Either as C.S. Lewis put it, Jesus was deluded and didn’t know it – but he had no inconsistencies or indications of insanity whatsoever – or he was a liar of the worst type – again no evidence of this but the opposite – or he was in fact who and what he claimed to be. I set out years ago to discover the invalidity of the Bible and Jesus’ claims. Well, as others who have tried, I found I couldn’t find the evidence against the Bible and Jesus. Instead, whenever taken and tested to the end, I’ve found him real and true … and for that matter, the one who is my life. Think about it.”

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