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24 08, 2017

Medieval Hanukkah – Jewish holidays

By |2019-08-05T08:30:24-07:00August 24th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

On the way to medieval Hanukkah: Arch of Titus: Roman soldiers carry off the big menorah from the Second Temple in Jerusalem (70 AD, but the arch was built in the 80s AD) The Second Temple destroyed In 70 AD, after the First Jewish Revolt, the Roman emperor Titus destroyed the Second Temple. Titus plundered the menorah along with [...]

24 08, 2017

Maccabees – Jewish history

By |2017-10-09T17:20:27-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, West Asia|0 Comments

Alexander the Great Under the Persians the Jews did very well. They were able to worship their own God, and even to travel around the Persian Empire converting people to Judaism. But in 331 BC Alexander the Great, who was from Macedon, conquered the Persian Empire and "liberated" (as he called it) the Jews from Persian rule. [...]

24 08, 2017

What is Hanukkah? – Jewish holidays

By |2019-08-04T23:27:38-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Hanukkah history: a Canaanite amphora, for olive oil or wine (Bronze Age, about 1300 BC) A harvest festival Like all other farming communities, Jewish people celebrated harvest festivals when important crops were safely harvested and stored. One of these harvest festivals was Passover, in March or April, when the first of the spring barley was ripe. Another was Sukkot, in [...]

23 08, 2017

Hanukkah projects – Jewish holidays

By |2018-04-09T23:07:29-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Potato latkes cooked in oil are a traditional Hanukkah food Hanukkah is first and foremost a holiday about olive oil, so a good way to get to know Hanukkah better is to fry some kind of food in olive oil. Usually people make latkes, or grated vegetable pancakes. Here's a super-healthy recipe for latkes that [...]

23 08, 2017

Dreidel project – Hanukkah games

By |2019-05-17T17:50:13-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

A Hanukkah dreidel How old is the dreidel game? Since the 1700s AD, people have often celebrated Hanukkah by playing the dreidel game. The first thing you need to play the dreidel game is a dreidel. It's better to buy a dreidel (you pronounce it DRAY-dell) because if you make your own it's very difficult to get [...]

21 07, 2017

Diwali – the Festival of Lights – Hinduism – India

By |2019-05-13T13:22:56-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Flowers and Diwali lamps - the Diwali festival What does "Diwali" mean? Diwali is a Sanskrit word originally meaning "a row of lights". "Dipa" is the Sanskrit word for "light". Diwali is an Indian harvest festival. It celebrates the end of the hard work of harvesting food. People are happy that now there is plenty [...]