Dreidel – Springboard for Learning the Hebrew Aleph Bet

Did you know that you can use the simple children’s top we call a “dreidel” as a springboard for learning the Hebrew Aleph Bet? It’s a great way to start learning the letters of the Hebrew alphabet or “aleph bet.” The simple spinning top that in Hebrew is called a sevivon and in yiddish a [Read On]

The Origin of the Dreidel

This is a reprint of the article entitled, Dreidel by Rabbi David Golinkin. See bottom of the article for complete credits. The well-known Hanukkah symbol has European roots. By Rabbi David Golinkin Most of the laws of Hanukkah are related to the lighting of the menorah or hanukkiyah; however, in this article we shall describe some of [Read On]

Chanukkah Info Search

The Chanukkah Info Search is a learning and discovery activity for adults, teens or families so that you can learn more about this Hebraic Holiday. Part One 1.   In what historical books can we find the story of Chanukkah ? 2.   What is the Apocrypha? 3.   How often will there be a Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) on the [Read On]

Chanukkah – How Do You Spell It?

Did you ever notice that people spell the word Chanukkah many different ways? Did you ever wonder why? Well I did, and I went looking for the answer to why there are different hanukkah spellings that are used in the English language, this is what I learned. Chanukkah is a Hebrew word meaning Dedication. When [Read On]

Josephus On Hanukkah

The following article is by G J Goldberg about Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights The original article can be found here http://www.josephus.org/hanukkah.htm Hanukkah The Festival of the Dedication, The Festival of Lights by G. J. Goldberg Introduction The Books of the Maccabees, which record the origins of the Hanukkah story and of the Hasmonean [Read On]

SUKKOT – Yeshua and the Festival of Lights

We are reposting this article by James Trimm about the connection between Sukkot and Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. Originally posted at: SUKKOT: Yeshua and the Festival of Lights by James Scott Trimm From the Hebraic Roots Commentary to Yochanan (John) http://www.lulu.com/nazarene 8:12 I am the light of the world. He who follows me [Read On]

Festival of Lights: Sukkot & Hanukkah

Paris, France may be the modern world’s City of Lights but did you know that Jerusalem was once called the City of Lights? This was common knowledge to the ancient world surrounding Yisrael. During the Feast of Sukkot, Jerusalem was well known as the City of Lights and this festival was known as “The Festival of [Read On]

Adult Chanukkah Teachings & Resources

Here is a list of various adult chanukkah teachings & resources that we have gleaned from the internet: Book of Maccabees 1 – here is the New Revised Standard Version Book of Maccabees 2 – here is the New Revised Standard Version Josephus in his Antiquities, Book 12 and Book 13 Talmud (tractate shabbat 21b) [Read On]

Decorate Your Home For the FEASTs

There are seven Biblical Feasts and two historical holidays (Chanukkah and Purim) throughout the year and we like to do a ‘little’ decorating for each one. This helps to set the Feast times and holidays apart and make them special. There is a Jewish custom, Hiddur Mitzvah which means, the the beautification of a mitzvah [Read On]