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Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah (11/28)

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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

Nov 28 : 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 Wednesday December 01st.

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(November 28) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Advent

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Advent (First Sunday)
Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and counts down the days until the arrival of Christmas. The term Advent comes from the Latin “adventur”, meaning arrival.

source: Christmas on the Net – The History of the Advent Calendar

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