Rush fans (even those that do not happen to be Jewish) have reason to look forward to the celebration of the Jewish New Year this year. In their own unique way to celebrate the holiday, that is known as Rosh Hashanah, VH1 Classic will be presenting 24 hours of Rush-related content that they are calling Rush Hashanah.
The Rush special will hit the airwaves on September 29th, the day that Rosh Hashanah falls on this year, and will feature two Rush concert films. Both Rush In Rio and R30 will be included, as well as a collection of Rush music videos that span decades of the group’s history.
Rush lead singer and bass player Geddy Lee, who was born Gary Weinrib, is the son of Holocaust survivors who met while they were imprisoned in a Nazi labor camp in Poland, later married and moved to Canada. Lee’s mother, who had trouble pronouncing Lee’s real name, Gary, called him Geddy, which has obviously stuck with him for good.
For those who are active practitioners of the Jewish Faith, and also happen to be Rush fans, Rush Hashanah may be a good way to pass some time that day, since work is not permitted during the holiday, according to the information I have been able to dig up with regard to Rosh Hashanah.
No serious Rush fan would consider watching Rush on TV as work, and although I am not Jewish, and therefore not qualified to make definitive statements regarding the requirements of Jewish Holidays, it seems unlikely that watching television would be considered work.