Rabbi Moshe Laurie
I would like to know when the Jewish Calander was started from, since it is already in the year 5700 plus and ours is in 2009? Judy
The year number on the Jewish calendar represents the number of years since creation, calculated by adding up the ages of people in the Bible back to the time of creation. However, this does not necessarily mean that the universe has existed for only 5700 years as we understand years. Many orthodox Jews will readily acknowledge that the first six "days" of creation are not necessarily 24-hour days (indeed, a 24-hour day would be meaningless until the creation of the sun on the fourth "day"). For additional information see this web site.