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Jews Urged Not to Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Friday Night

Rabbis and synagogue groups throughout the country are urging Jews not to celebrate New Year’s Eve with traditional parties, in violation of the Sabbath. New Year’s Eve will fall on a Friday night.

The latest rabbinical group to issue such an appeal was the Board of Rabbis of Essex County, New Jersey, which called for the observance of “self-discipline” and the maintenance of “our high standards of self-respect” by not holding or attending such parties.