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Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement”

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” is said to be the holiest day of the Jewish year. Falling ten days after Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur is the culmination of the Jewish High Holy Days and begins this year at sunset on Tuesday, September 25, and ends 25 hours later, after nightfall on Wednesday, September 26. 
The period is one of solemnity, fasting, abstaining from work, and praying at special synagogue or temple services. 

Fasting

Beginning an hour before sunset, when Yom Kippur commences, and ending an hour after nightfall, when Yom Kippur concludes, strict observance of the Torah commands that no food or liquid be consumed. The focus should not be on physical needs but rather spiritual ones. Some exceptions are made, however, for the elderly, the infirmed, pregnant women, new mothers, or if there are other major health concerns. 

 Repentance (Teshuvah) and Charity (Tzedakah)

According to Jewish tradition, on Rosh Hashanah, each person’s fate for the coming year is inscribed by God into the Book of Life, and that the final verdict is sealed on Yom Kippur. During the ten days leading to Yom Kippur, Jews are encouraged to seek forgiveness from anyone they may have offended during the year, to give charity, and to pray. This period of repentance, generosity, and introspection is meaningful and important to Jews all over the world.

Prayer

A special prayer book called a Machzor is used for all the unique prayers chanted on Yom Kippur. These include Kol Nidrei, an Aramaic plea for God to forgive any vows made that Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement were not honored during the past year. It is recited at the start of the holiday, and Al Chet, a listing of and a request for forgiveness for many types of transgressions one may have committed throughout the year is also chanted. Services are held during most of the day until Neilah, the closing prayer, at which time a shofar (ram’s horn) blasts and signals the end of Yom Kippur.

You can honor the traditions and celebration of this Holy Day by sending a Yom Kippur card to someone who will surely appreciate your thoughtful gesture and respectful good wishes.

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eCard of the week – Fine Irish Lassie

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Our pick this week is Fine Irish Lassie - a talking St. Patrick’s Day eCard. We love the details in this card, and how the adorable pooch shows off her St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Talking eCards are a great way to send a personal message to friends and loved ones because you get to pick what the character says. For St. Patrick’s Day try something like “Kiss me I’m Irish,” “Hope the luck of the Irish is with you today,” or “Sending you a little Irish hello just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.”

Blue Mountain has a great variety of St. Patrick’s Day eCards to choose from – take a minute and check them all out today! And don’t forget that Easter is right around the corner too… For everything from upcoming holiday eCards to Birthday eCards and Everyday eCards, Blue Mountain is always there to help you stay connected!

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eCard of the week – Tree of Hope

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Our pick for eCard of the week this week is Tree of Hope. We love this Encouragement eCard because it’s great to send a friend or loved one any time. It gives you a chance to send wisdom, encouragement, blessings and more with the click of the mouse. The magical design allows your friends to unlock a few words that will help them great through their day with a sense of purpose and a smile on their face.

Everyday eCards are perfect to let those you care about most know that you’re thinking of them. But, if you’re looking for the perfect Birthday eCard, or a specific Holiday eCard, Blue Mountain is here to help. Find everything from Talking eCards to Wallpaper Calendars today!

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eCard of the Week – Happy Mardi Gras postcard!

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Whether you prefer Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras – it’s a day to celebrate with good friends and good food! We thought this festive Mardi Gras postcard would be perfect as our eCard of the week to help you get in the Mardi Gras spirit. This postcard was designed by Blue Mountain artist Terry Flores, and captures the magical essence of this celebratory holiday! This postcard is great to post on a friend’s facebook wall, or even post it on your own to wish all your friends a Happy Mardi Gras.

Know someone with a birthday around Mardi Gras? In addition to this postcard, send them a fun Birthday eCard for double the celebration! No matter if you’re looking for Talking eCards, fun Postcards or Holiday eCardsBlue Mountain is sure to help you stay connected and celebrate!

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eCard of the Week – Just Tweet

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Our pick for the eCard of the Week this week is a simple postcard designed by best-selling designer, artist and author, Kathy Davis.  Kathy’s cards feature her signature water colors, and are a bright and cheery way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. This digital postcard features an adorable little bird and is a great pick if you just want to say hi to a friend or loved one. Postcards are a great choice to post on someone’s facebook wall or send in an email. As always, Blue Mountain has something for everyone – from birthday ecards and every day ecards to holiday ecards and talking ecards!

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Christmas eCard of the Week – Remembered Joys

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Our pick for Christmas eCard of the Week this week is Remembered Joys. This beautiful and magical Interactive Christmas eCard is truly a work of art. Blue Mountain artist David Sommers brings this greeting to life and makes it a fun experience for everyone who watches.

“I wanted this card to have a warm traditional Christmas feel that was also magical, ” David says. “Everyone who watches the story gets involved by clicking through the scenes to help create the magic.”

Christmas eCards are a great way to let friends near and far know you’re thinking about them at this special time of yearm abd this one is a great pick! For more Christmas eCards – including Talking Christmas eCards, Religious Christmas eCards and much more, stop by our website and check out our fan page on facebook.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas eCard of the Week – His Great Love

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Our eCard of the Week this week is His Great Love - one of Blue Mountain’s beautiful religious Christmas ecards that reminds us of the reason for the season. The above artwork gives us a sneak peak at this wonderous eCard!

This card features a gorgeous snowy night, which Blue Mountain artist Pam Trautman brings to life. When Pam was designing this card she was thinking about the magical feeling she gets when she steps outside during a big snowfall. “I get inspired from standing in the quietness and watching the snow fall,” she says.

Take a minute to enjoy this beautiful card today, and if you love it as much as we do, send and share it with everyone you’re thinking about this holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosh Hashanah–A Celebration of Beginnings!

Rosh Hashanah  A Celebration of Beginnings!“May you be inscribed for a good and sweet year!”  This greeting is one of the Mantra’s of Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year.”   This important holiday celebration brings the opportunity for believers to wipe the slate clean of all that has been and move on with the gifts of G-d’s grace and blessings.

Rosh Hashanah is all about relationships.  It marks the anniversary of the relationship G-d created with mankind through Adam and Eve, and the birth of His relationship with humanity.  It reverently shares the desire for all human beings to be blessed with another year, totally connected to the One who began the world as we know it.

At Synagogues around the world, the sound of the shofar will mark the first sin of man and the atonement for that sin.  The blast of the lamb’s horn may be heard on both days of Rosh Hashanah, clearly demonstrating the hope for the coming year.    Apples dipped in honey also symbolize the desires for a sweet year and the realization that all good things come from the King of Heaven.

It’s always exciting to begin again.  This year, as your Jewish friends come to the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, wish them well.  Extend the blessing for all good things and in some small way, become a part of the sweetness that a new year brings no matter what your faith background.    What could be more wonderful than coming back to your roots, remembering all that has gone before, and delighting in all that is yet to be?  Wherever you are today, may you receive a clean slate, a chance to take a fresh breath and start again.  May you celebrate the joys of a renewed spirit, trusting in the relationship you have with the G-d of all Creation.  Shalom!

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Gratitude Comes In a Million Ways!

Gratitude Comes In a Million Ways!It’s been said that if we truly counted our blessings, we may never again have to think about our sorrows.  Counting blessings is like stacking up reasons to be grateful.  If we planted a flower, for instance, for every time we were conscious about our sense of gratitude, many of us would have an incredible garden to behold.  Some of us though, may look around and wonder why nothing ever seems to bloom.

Charles Dickens reminded us to “reflect upon our present blessings, of which everyone has many, not on our past misfortunes, of which everyone has some.”  Getting your gratitude garden to grow may be as simple as that, reflecting on your present blessings.  If you offer thanks for your family, your health, your work, your faith, or some other area of your life, you may find more seeds of joy than you expected.  You may have a million reasons to be thankful.

Has anyone done something nice for you in the past few days?  Have you shared your talents and your ideas with another?  Have you had a chance to shop for something new, walk peacefully along the road, undisturbed and quiet?  Have you been able to take a class, go to a movie, worship as you please?  If so, then today, you have delightful reasons to be grateful.

As we come to Gratitude Day, let’s open our hearts to all that we have and hold  closely those things that strengthen our lives and make the ride worthwhile.  When we think about it, we may discover we have an abundance of reasons to declare our joy right out loud.

If your list begins to run dry, remember all the people who are grateful today because they know You!  No doubt, they are offering thanks for wonderful you at this very moment!

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