A. These 2000 years count back to someone Jews don’t believe in. So this number doesn’t have much significance to us. On the other hand, the secular/non-religious hype isn’t traif (non-kosher). Jews love to utilize and channel all neutral things of this world towards a positive and joyous end. Don’t get carried away, though. Jan 1st will be on a Friday Night, so instead of fireworks we light candles, instead of drinking to oblivion, we drink Kiddush. (Not to say, that we can’t pop a few bottles of champagne, too. After all, who can say no to a celebration?) But we can’t forget what really “counts” to us.