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Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah 2009 (12/04)

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Chanukah
the Jewish Festival of Lights

Dec 04 : 07 days till Chanukah

Did you know the Chanukah story is not written about in the Torah?

The principle event of the holiday, the battle between the Maccabees and the Greeks, is post-Biblical. It happened several hundred years after the Torah is believed to have been given to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai.

Did you know that the word Chanukah means “dedication“?

Referring to the restoration of the Temple by the Maccabees after they defeated the Greeks? Unlike the monotheistic Jews, the Greeks practiced a pagan faith and had filled the Holy Temple with numerous idols.

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. Jewish people mark this eight-day holiday by lighting the menorah, an eight-branched candelabra, and eating foods fried in oil such as potato latkes and jelly donuts. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Chanukah.

Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hanaka — no matter how you spell it — the fun begins at sundown on Friday December 11th.

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(December 04) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Dice Day

Friday, December 4th, 2009


National Dice Day
On this fun holiday, everyone should enjoy a game of dice. Winners score 10,000 by rolling 5s (and earning 500 points) and 1s (which earn 100 points).

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 04th

Friday, December 4th, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas: Day 5

"Trains and Winter Rains – Enya
From Enya’s holiday CD – And Winter Came…
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December 04, 2009 : 20 Days Till Christmas

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