Jewish Holidays

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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Sukkot: The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles

Mara from Kosher on a Budget is sharing today, continuing on in our series about Jewish Festivals. She is a friend of Sara over at Saving For Someday and I am excited to have her guest posting today. Two weeks ago, Sara told you about the rituals and traditions associated with the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). Today, I want to share with you the history and customs of the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, as it is called in Hebrew. Sukkot is the third holiday in …

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