Happy New Year 5787!

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, last week brought us into Anno Mundi (Year of the World) 5787. But Jews have only figured the calendar from the Creation since the 9th century C.E.

Judaic culture in classical times was centered in Babylon and, like many other calaendars, used a system of dating based on the succession of rulers. When the Babylonian Jews dispersed, they needed a new universal standard and turned to the Anno Mundi mentioned in the Talmud.