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Revised USCJ Luach

Revised USCJ Luach

Today is the second day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the beginning of the new Jewish month. It is also the seventh day of Hanukkah. That means that the past two mornings have been long, complicated prayer services with Torah readings from two separate Torah scrolls, Hallel (songs of praise for both Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh), [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #9 December 21, 2011

The Obama administration’s holiday reception season was in full swing. And so began the fastidious frenzy to make the White House’s kitchen kosher last week, a nearly four-hour drill that started at 10 p.m. Wednesday. A deadline approached: a truckload of kosher food was due Thursday at 10 a.m. Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim around the world launched [...]

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Raise Your Glass - The Maccabeats Purim Song

This year is a leap year on the Jewish calendar so there is a second month of Adar. The fun and silly holiday of Purim occurs this month and that means the levity has begun. Two funny videos for Purim are already attracting quite a bit of attention on YouTube. The Yeshiva University a capella [...]

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Hanukkah: Remembering the Past

The annual festival of the Jewish people Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited and popular events in the Jewish culture. The festival is celebrated for eight straight days in December or late November as per the Gregorian calendar which begins on 25th of the month of Kislev, [...]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah is a great Jewish religious event and it gets a lot of attention, especially because of its timing around Christmas season. Hard to believe, even with its popularity, Hanukkah is one of the less important holidays in the Jewish calendar, but nonetheless, it’s still a significant time of year, where it is associated with [...]

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How Hanukkah Came About

Chanukah or Hanukkah is one of the biggest Jewish celebrations. It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. Chanukah is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev based on the Hebrew calendar. This is around November to December on the Gregorian calendar).  The Hebrew [...]

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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. [...]

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Set up your Menorah

Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and last for eight days. In 2010, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st and ends on December 9th.T here are many customs and traditions which are followed in the celebration of the Hanukkah holiday, and one of the most important parts of celebrating this [...]

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Celebrating Christmas with the Jews

For most people, December 25th is the day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but most Jews do not think of Christmas that way, In fact, Jews are uncomfortable about Christmas, they say that  they don’t have anything against people celebrating Christmas, They just don’t want to celebrate it. For the Jews, it is [...]

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Hanukkah (Chanukah)

When most people think of Jewish holidays, Hanukkah (Chanukah) is the first holiday that comes to mind. In reality, this holiday is not religious and is probably one of the least important Jewish celebrations. Its popularity, no doubt, comes from being so close to the Christian celebration of Christmas on the calendar. Regardless, many Jewish [...]

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When is Chanukah?

Chanukah (Hanukkah) was founded in commemoration of the fight against assimilation that dates back 22 centuries ago. It is also in honour of the Jewish resistance against Antiochus IV, a Syrian-Greek monarchs who rein the Northern division of Alexander the Great’s fallen empire. Unlike Alexander the Great who had been respectful of the monotheistic religion [...]

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Make Your Own Jewish Sticker Calendar

Perpetual with 136 Reusable Stickers Children will have fun all year long as they commemorate the Jewish holidays and note their own special days with their very own personal calendar. Designed to be used again and again, the calendar comes with 136 full-color, reusable stickers, enabling youngsters to mark two months at a time (current [...]

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The Uninvited Guest

And Other Jewish Holiday Talesby Nina JaffeIllustrated by: Elivia Ages 8-11 A beautiful collection of charming folk tales about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and the Sabbath. These memorable tales come from different lands and different cultures for children and adults to share and savor as they are passed down from generation [...]

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Judaism for Dummies

Rabbi Ted Falcon Ph.D. Publisher: Hungry Minds, Inc. If you want to reconnect with your Jewish heritage, or if you’re just curious about the Jewish experience, then this friendly guide is for you. With a dose of warmth and humor, you’ll discover key Jewish beliefs and traditions, understand the importance of Jewish history, and learn [...]

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