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  1. A few weeks ago was Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. At that time the year changed from 5779 to 5780.

    By the way, when mentioning secular years (such as 2019 that you mentioned), many people refer to the year as year XXXX, followed by the abbreviation CE, which stands for “Common Era”.

    When I was a school boy I thought that CE stood for “The Common Error!”

    Now, 30 years and a number of common errors later, I assume that Common Era simply means “the date commonly accepted and used.” But the truth is that I don’t know for sure, so I posed your question to a professor of European history. He didn’t know either.

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