Jewish Festivals

Hanukkah

photo credit: calamity_sal Hanukkah begin sundown Wednesday night (December 1st). According to the Jewish calendar, which is based on the lunar cycle, Hanukkah falls on the exact same date every year. But, the Gregorian calendar is a solar-based calendar which is why Hanukkah falls on different dates each year on the Gregorian calendar. Hanukkah, also knows as the Festival of Lights, is an 8-day celebration which commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after its destruction in the Maccabean revolt in the 2nd century BCE. The story goes that upon rededication of the Temple the Macabees discovered there …

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Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah (pronounce Sim-hot Tor-ah) is one of the wonderfully joyous Jewish festivals. Simchat Torah is at the end of the month that began with Rosh Hashana, bringing to a close a very important and spiritual month with joy, laughter, excitement, dancing and singing. Simchat Torah translates to mean ‘Rejoice with the Torah’ and signifies the end and beginning of a cycle. As Rosh Hashana marked the beginning of the Jewish year, the birthday of the world, Simchat Torah marks both the ending and beginning of another Jewish milestone – public reading of the Torah. One might think that Rosh …

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We Are Studying Ancients This Year

I am so excited. Have I told you yet that we are studying ancients yet? Oh, wait. I just did that. You can read all about our homeschool plans for this year. When you are done reading, you will know that we are using Mystery of History, Volume 1 for our social studies, history, and geography this year. We have not started yet because we are still getting used to all of our other subjects, but we will be starting very soon.  I can’t wait to dig in with the kids and have fun. But wait… I have a surprise. …

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