November 20, 2003
For the Kids
In Old English, the month of November was called "blood month." It was a month of animal sacrifices that took place to prepare for the long winter. But what is the etymology of the word "November?"
Here's a hint: The Roman calendar began in March (similar to the Jewish calendar, which begins in Nissan, around Passover). Send in the answer for a prize.
Joshua Goldberg, 12, wrote this poem for his history class at A.J. Heschel Day School:
I peer out of my window to gaze at the autumn sky.
The wind whispers
through the trees.
A scent of roses fills my nose.
Leaves fall on to my windowsill -- how I long to feel their smoothness.
It starts to drizzle and I can taste the little droplets on my tongue.
The feeling of autumn surrounds me, now it's time to embrace it's presence...