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Hanukkah Fast Facts

Posted on November 19th, 2018
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 
From the CNN Library


Here is some background information about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.


In 2018, Hanukkah will start on December 2nd at sunset and will end December 10th, at sunset.

Facts:

Hanukkah begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev and lasts eight days.
The starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year, but usually falls between late November and late December.

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Reporting on Judaism

Posted on November 12th, 2018
From ReligionLink.com


Judaism is among the world’s oldest religions, emerging in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago. Like most world religions, it is not frozen in form but is constantly affected by the times in which its followers live.

This resource provides journalists with background information on Judaism and a brief guide to covering Jews in America. Additional international resources have been added to help users find sources about Judaism anywhere in the world.

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8 Jewish Prayers You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on November 5th, 2018
myjewishlearning.com


Most Jewish prayers are recited at regular intervals or on specific occasions, but a few are said in circumstances that are anything but routine.


Most Jewish prayers are recited at specific and regularly recurring times. Think of the blessings said upon waking in the morning, or the specific holiday liturgies, or the blessings recited before and after food and drink.

But some are recited on rarer occasions, or upon seeing or hearing something that isn’t routine. Below are eight of these prayers and blessings you might not have encountered before.

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What Is Reconstructionist Judaism?

Posted on October 29th, 2018
myjewishlearning.com 


The smallest and youngest of the so-called "big four" American Jewish denominations.


Reconstructionist Judaism is a politically and religiously progressive Jewish movement that is the smallest and youngest of the so-called “big four” American Jewish denominations. It encompasses roughly 100 synagogues in the United States and a handful overseas and is the only one of the major movements that was established in the United States.

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Kosher Food: What Makes Food Kosher or Not

Posted on October 22nd, 2018
myjewishlearning.com 


The word "kosher" literally means "fit" or "appropriate."

 

Ask an average person to describe kosher food and they might say it is food “blessed by a rabbi.” The word “kosher,” however, is Hebrew for “fit” or “appropriate” and describes the food that is suitable for a Jew to eat. 

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