Archive for December 8th, 2009
Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Chanukah
the Jewish Festival of Lights
Dec 08 : 03 days till Chanukah
Did you know that the heroes of the Chanukah story are known as the Hasmoneans or, more commonly, as the Maccabees?
They were a rebel army led by four brothers, the sons of Mattathias the Cohen, a Jew from the priestly class.
Did you know that the term Maccabee comes from the Hebrew word for hammer?
Legend tells that the Maccabees struck a hammer-like blow against their Grecian enemies.
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.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic)
Celebrating the conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Roman Catholic Church dogma states that, from the first moment of her existence, she was preserved by God from the lack of sanctifying grace that afflicts mankind, and that she was instead filled with divine grace. It is further believed that she lived a life completely free from sin.*