Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Manassas with fun events and delicious recipes.
This year, Hanukkah begins on Saturday evening and ends a week later on Dec. 16. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday. Beth Temple Torah in Centreville will host a special Chanukah Shabbat Service on Dec. 14. The time hasn't been announced on the synagogue's site. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, …
Day is Beginning of Jewish New Year
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- Frank Klimko
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Members of the Temple Beth Torah in Chantilly which is attended by Jews in the Manassas and Manassas Park area, gathered on Sunday in preparation of the Rosh Hashanah celebration, which marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah (or head of the year), is the first of the High Holy Days (Days of Awe) which usually occur in the fall, said Irwin Kaplan, temple president. Timing of the holy day varies because the Jewish calendar follows a lunar progression based on the phases of the moon. The holy day begins at sundown on Sunday and is celebrated by Temple Beth Torah congregants until sundown on Monday. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey. After Rosh Hashanah…