Archive for December 10th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah 2009 (12/10)

Thursday, December 10th, 2009


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

Dec 10 : 01 day till Chanukah

Did you know that a game of chance known as dreidle (dreidel) — or sivivon in Hebrew — is played on Chanukah?

The dreidle is a four-sided top, which is passed around and spun by each of 2 to 4 players. The letter that the top lands on determines how much of the pot of pennies (or chocolate coins) one wins or loses.

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 10) Today we're observing . . .  Human Rights Day & Week

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Human Rights Day & Week
Promoting the idea and reality that basic human rights at home and throughout the world are those which without people cannot live in dignity. Issued annually by Presidential Proclamaton.

To advocate human rights is to demand that the human dignity of all people be respected.*

*Human Rights Resource Center

photo credit: riacale via flickr

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 10th

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas: Day 10

"Playing George Winston’s Holly and the Ivy"

December 10, 2009 : 15 Days Till Christmas

You can check out a new holiday video each day right here or check out our Advent Calendar each day.

link: Advent Calendar on the Net

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