Monday, December 3, 2012
Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Minnetonka with fun events and delicious recipes.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. Here's a look at some of the events happening in or near Minnetonka: For additional events happening around the Twin Cities, check out the community calendars on jewishminnesota.org or tcjewfolk.com. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Several other holidays—some religious, some secular—make December a special month for non-Christians, too.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Jesus is the reason for the season, the old saying goes, but that’s only partially true. December is also a special time for people from other faith traditions, and those with none at all. Hanukkah In the spectrum of Jewish observances, Hanukkah is a relatively minor event, says Rabbi Lynn Liberman of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. The holiday has grown in prominence largely because of its proximity to that other big religious holiday that comes along at about the same time. Hanukkah celebrates a military victory and the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem during the 2nd century BCE. During this eight-day festival of lights, a special candelabrum, called a hanukiah, is used and a new candle is lit on the evening …
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Jewish festival of lights begins today at sundown. Patch asked a local rabbi for his take on the holiday.
Starting tonight and for the next seven days, the Minnetonka Jewish community will celebrate Hanukkah. "It's a holiday that brings joy to people of all ages," said Harold Kravitz, senior rabbi of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka. Abby Kirschner is one such person. She has been with the Adath Jeshurun for 15 years. "It is the time of year to remember, to celebrate that miracles happen," Kirschner said. "My genetics are full of strength, survival and determination." Hanukkah is a "Festival of Lights," that celebrates the Maccabees' reclamation of the Temple in Jerusalem from the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, candles are lit on a hanukkiyah, a type of menorah. The lighting commemorates the …