L’Shanah Tovah! Literally “for a good year,” it is a traditional greeting Jews make during Rosh Hashanah, which ended earlier this week. It is the beginning of the new year on the Jewish calendar. It says we are now living in the year 5780.
“But wait,” you say, “this is 2019.” Yes, it’s 2019. On the Gregorian calendar, a calendar that was made official by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. The Gregorian replaced the older Julian calendar, dating to around 64 CE, because the Julian Calendar never accounted for what we now call a “leap” year.