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What Is A Mikveh?

Posted on December 16th, 2018
BY SHOSHANNA LOCKSHIN for MyJewishLearning


Whether you're dunking for conversion or for any other reason, here's what to expect at the ritual bath.


A mikveh (pronounced MICKvuh, also spelled mikvah), is a Jewish ritual bath.

Almost every Jewish community has at least one mikveh (you can search here for a traditional mikveh, or here for a non-Orthodox mikveh directory). In larger Jewish communities you might have a choice among mikve’ot (plural for mikveh).

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Modeh Ani: Beginning the Day with Gratitude

Posted on December 9th, 2018
BY RABBI SHEFA GOLD on MyJewishLearning


Starting the day with gratefulness opens the heart to the blessing of wonder.


I gratefully acknowledge Your Face; Spirit lives and endures;
You return my soul to me with compassion; How great is your faith in me!

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ רוח חַי וְקַיָּם שֶהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְחֶמְלָה, רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ
Modeh ah-nee lifanecha, Ru-ach chai v’kayam, she-hechezarta bee nishma-tee b’chemlah rabbah emunatecha. 


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12 Facts About Hanukkah You Probably Didn't Know

Posted on December 2nd, 2018
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

by LEAH SILVERMAN for Town & Country Magazine



Everything you need to know about the Festival of Lights.


1. What is Hanukkah? The word Hanukkah means "dedication."

The holiday commemorates the triumph of a band of rebel Jews known as the Maccabees in reclaiming their temple from the Greek-Syrians.

2. Hanukkah lasts for eight nights, to commemorate how long the holy light burned.

The temple required a holy light to burn inside at all times, but the Jews had only enough oil for one night. Incredibly, the light burned for eight days.

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Mayim Bialik Breaks Down Those Pesky Hanukkah Myths

Posted on November 25th, 2018
From Kveller 
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 

It can be a little daunting to explain what Hanukkah is to your kids (or your non-Jewish friends who are curious about the holiday). Because it can be hard to know where to start. That is why Mayim Bialik made a Hanukkah quiz video in which she talks about some facts and misconceptions about the Festival of Lights.

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Hanukkah Fast Facts

Posted on November 18th, 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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