Judaism And Hanukkah Research Paper

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Judaism and Hanukkah Matt Mariande REL/134 Dr. Kathleen Ramsey October 6, 2010 HANUKKAH: * * The time of the year of the holy day(s) * -Hanukkah is a winter time festival * -Celebrated on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. * The Jewish calendar is primarily lunar, with each month beginning on the new moon. * - * * * The historical origin of the holy day(s): -Also known as, the Feast of Dedication or the Feast of Lights. -Hanukkah celebrates the rebellion of Jewish freedom fighters, known as the Maccabees. The Maccabees were a group of warriors who fought back against Antiochus, a Syrian ruler, who desicrated the holy site of the Second Temple and tried to force…show more content…
-Families play games, sing songs and eat. -In western culture it is common for Jews to incorporated Christmas into Hanukkah. Families give gifts on each night of Hanukkah. * Theological or cultural differences that might lead to differences in the observance of the holy day by the various branches of Judaism Judaism is made of three different branches: -Orthodox Judaism-Traditional Jewish beliefs and ways of life. -Reform Judaism- Believe that moral and ethical teachings form the most important part of Judaism. Discard many traditional customs and ceremonies. -Conservative Judaism- to remain relevant for each generation, Jewish practice may be changed to fit the times (Ring, n.d.). References Molloy, M. (2010). Experiencing the world's religions: Tradition, challenge, and change (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. My Jewish Learning. (n.d.). Hanukkah history. Retrieved from http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Hanukkah/History.shtml Ring, R.R. (n.d.). Basics of Religion. World Book Online Americas Edition. Retrieved from

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