Category Archives: Holidays

Chanukah / Hanukkah / Hanukah

Festival Of Lights – Celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees success fighting against the Syrians (2nd century B.C.E.). Commemorated by lighting candles during each night. THIS YEAR Hanukkah begins at sunset on Saturday, December 8, 2011, and ends … Continue reading

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Jewish Holiday Trivia Game

  Download the pdf of questions or make up your own! Holidaygamequestions        

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White for Yom Kippur

A link to the question of the week – why wear white and sneakers on Yom Kippur.  

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Rosh Hashanah Defined

JEWISH NEW YEAR: Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This … Continue reading

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Pesach – Smacking the Onions

(from Babaganewz) Afghanis distribute green onions during the song “Dayenu” and hit each other with the stalks when the ninth stanza begins. Besides being hilarious to watch, this custom teaches text: Some have speculated that the ritual refers to when … Continue reading

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Pesach – Redeeming Ourselves

(from Babaganewz) Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Horowitz (1760-1827) invited Seder participants to pour wine from their own goblets into Elijah’s cup. This symbolized the personal deeds and contributions that each person must make to bring redemption. When doing this, think carefully … Continue reading

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Pesach Bling

(from Babaganewz) To commemorate the gold and silver that the Egyptians showered on the Israelites as they fled (Shemot 12:35), Jews in Hungary decorated their Seder tables with all of their valuable jewels.

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Pesach – A Passover Quiz

(from Edith Sommer) A list of questions about passover is given to the children (or adults if you wish).  As each child says the correct answer, a little gift is given.

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Pesach – Crossing the Sea Replay

(from Caryn Huberman) We sit in the living room and begin to tell the story and as we leave”Egypt” in the livingroom to go to the dining room, we throw notes into a pool of red water (The Red Sea–a … Continue reading

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Pesach – Whipping One Another with Scallions

Whipping one another with scallions while singing dayenu-a Persian Jewish tradition –a big hit with young boys and others! (from Caryn Huberman)

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