FAQ: "My daughter is a Christian married to a great Jewish man, and his mom is coming over for Christmas Eve. She was wondering if she could bring the Minorah over and something called the Dreadel game. I told her it would probably be better for us to keep the Holidays separate so as not to confuse the kids. But I was wondering is it possible to celebrate Hannukah and Christmas together?
My dad was everything to me. He was my world. More than anyone else, he was the one who shaped my Jewish identity. He'd come from a very religious family in Baltimore, and keeping our faith and traditions was very important to him. I remember that I and my brothers and sisters always had to be home for the first two nights of Passover, and how Dad made it such a special time for all of us. He was the one who took me to synagogue and instilled in me a respect for our heritage.
That's why my later discovery about my father was such a shock...
The first of the Jewish High Holy Days that were listed in Leviticus, Rosh Hashanah, commonly called the Jewish New Year, is a joyous time of celebration and at the same time a season of reflection and solemnity.
The Siddur is the Jewish prayer book. Many prayers of our Siddur are as old as Solomon's Temple.
Visit a Saturday morning synagogue service, and you will notice that all the men and many of the boys are draped in white, fringed prayer shawls that are bordered with either blue or black stripes. The prayer shawl is the tallit.
The mezuzah is traditionally affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes. In recent years it has also become a piece of jewelry to wear around the neck as a symbol of Jewishness.
As you’ll see in this section, Jewish people have various reactions to Christmas, from caustic to curious. Most assume that-like Jesus-Christmas is “a Gentile thing.” Similarly, many Jewish believers in Jesus didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas and so while some rejoice that they can now take part in a holiday that was forbidden for so long, others feel uncomfortable with the cultural trappings of Christmas.
In Bible times, this holiday was an agricultural festival-a time for our people to present the firstfruits of the crops to God, gratefully giving back to the Lord that which He had given to us.
Sukkot means "booths," or "tabernacles," and this week-long holiday is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles. It is a joyous harvest festival and a reminder of how God sustained the children of Israel during their wilderness wanderings.