Eight Holy Nights: Hanukkah 2019

By Julianne Jones | August 9 2019 | Holidays

Hanukkah 2019 will be celebrated from Sunday, December 22nd through Monday, December 30th.

Over the course of eight nights, an estimated 7 million Jewish citizens living in the United States will pay tribute to the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem—where, in 200 B.C., what is known as the “Hanukkah Miracle” took place. According to Jewish texts, this miracle was witnessed in the menorah lit in this Temple, when its candles stayed lit for eight consecutive nights—despite only having enough olive oil to light it for just one night.

Today, Hanukkah is generally celebrated by lighting one new candle each night on a 9-branched menorah, which features 4 candles on either side of a central “helper” candle referred to as a “shamash” (“helper” in Hebrew, as this central candle is used to light each new candle). Festive dedications, songs, food, small nightly gift exchanges, and more will be used in various ways to help make each individual Hanukkah celebration special for all celebrating.

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The Book of Jewish Values
A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin combed the Bible, the Talmud, and the whole spectrum of Judaism's sacred writings to give us a manual on how to lead a decent, kind, and honest life in a morally complicated world. "An absolutely superb book: the most practical, most comprehensive guide to Jewish values I know." —Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good PeopleTelushkin speaks to the major ethical issues of our time, issues that have, of course, been around since the beginning. He offers one or two pages a day of pithy, wise, and easily accessible teachings designed to be put into immediate practice. The range of the book is as broad as life itself:• The first trait to seek in a spouse (Day 17)• When, if ever, lying is permitted (Days 71-73)• Why acting cheerfully is a requirement, not a choice (Day 39)• What children don't owe their parents (Day 128)• Whether Jews should donate their organs (Day 290)• An effective but expensive technique for curbing your anger (Day 156)• How to raise truthful children (Day 298)• What purchases are always forbidden (Day 3)In addition, Telushkin raises issues with ethical implications that may surprise you, such as the need to tip those whom you don't see (Day 109), the right thing to do when you hear an ambulance siren (Day 1), and why wasting time is a sin (Day 15). Whether he is telling us what Jewish tradition has to say about insider trading or about the relationship between employers and employees, he provides fresh inspiration and clear guidance for every day of our lives.
$35.00 US
Feb 22, 2000
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Stars of David
Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish
Why is this book different from all others? Because it features sixty-one American cultural icons talking about their personal faith: Judaism. Fun and gifty, this is the perfect present for the season.
$20.00 US
Aug 14, 2007