North Shore Temple Emanuel
a Progressive Jewish Congregation
I gratefully acknowledge Your Face; Spirit lives and endures;
You return my soul to me with compassion; How great is your faith in me!
מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ רוח חַי וְקַיָּם שֶהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְחֶמְלָה, רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ
Modeh ah-nee lifanecha, Ru-ach chai v’kayam, she-hechezarta bee nishma-tee b’chemlah rabbah emunatecha.
1. What is Hanukkah? The word Hanukkah means "dedication."
The holiday commemorates the triumph of a band of rebel Jews known as the Maccabees in reclaiming their temple from the Greek-Syrians.
2. Hanukkah lasts for eight nights, to commemorate how long the holy light burned.
The temple required a holy light to burn inside at all times, but the Jews had only enough oil for one night. Incredibly, the light burned for eight days.
It can be a little daunting to explain what Hanukkah is to your kids (or your non-Jewish friends who are curious about the holiday). Because it can be hard to know where to start. That is why Mayim Bialik made a Hanukkah quiz video in which she talks about some facts and misconceptions about the Festival of Lights.
Here is some background information about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.
In 2018, Hanukkah will start on December 2nd at sunset and will end December 10th, at sunset.
Hanukkah begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev and lasts eight days.
The starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year, but usually falls between late November and late December.
Judaism is among the world’s oldest religions, emerging in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago. Like most world religions, it is not frozen in form but is constantly affected by the times in which its followers live.
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