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  1. Hanukkah Landing

    Hanukkah is a relatively new holiday. It developed in the post-Biblical period, after the successful rebellion in 169-166 BCE against the religious persecutions of King Antiochus IV. The rabbis of the Talmud later wove together extra-biblical stories of the victory with a narrative of miraculous intervention, signified by the miracle of the oil which lasted eight nights rather than one.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/hanukkah

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:14pm

  2. Tu B'Shvat Landing

    Tu B’Shvat takes its name from the date of its observance on the Hebrew calendar—the 15th day of the month of Sh’vat, which falls in January or February. Tu B’Shvat is also known as the New Year for Trees, which is how it is described in the Mishna (Rosh Hashana 1.1) because it is the date from which the age of trees was counted, determining when fruit tithes were owed in the days of the Temple. This date was selected because trees flowered after it. In Israel, where the winters are relatively mild, the date also marks the beginning of the tree-planting season. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/tu-bshvat

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:15pm

  3. Purim Landing

    Purim, falling on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar, revolves around the biblical book of Esther and its farcical story of the threatened genocide and eventual salvation of the Jews. The festivities surrounding Purim are the most outlandish and whimsical of the Jewish calendar. Most Jews associate Purim with costumes and carnivals, graggers (noisemakers) and hamantashen (three-cornered, filled cookies that evoke the three-cornered hat of Haman) that appeal to children. But it would be wrong to dismiss Purim as a holiday only for children.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/purim

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:17pm

  4. Omer Counting and Lag BaOmer Aggregate

  5. Yom Hasho'ah Landing

    Yom Hasho’ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is the solemn commemoration day that recalls the horrific losses during the Holocaust. The murder of 6 million Jews is the most traumatic event in recent Jewish history. While we should never forget that Jews were not the only targets of Nazi genocide — the Roma people, homosexuals and the Nazi’s political enemies were also singled out — the annihilation suffered by the Jewish people was on an unprecedented scale.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/yom-hashoah

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:21pm

  6. Yom Ha'Atzma'ut and Yom HaZikaron Landing

    Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day, for those who have fallen in the defense of the nation, was originally observed only in the State of Israel, but the day has come to be marked in other places as well. In Israel, where there is near-universal military service, the day evokes particularly powerful emotions because almost everyone has had a relative or friend who has died in service to the country. It is observed the day before Israeli Independence Day. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/yom-haatzmaut-and-yom-hazikaron

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:22pm

  7. Rosh Hodesh Landing

    The Hebrew months correspond to lunar cycles. The beginning of the new moon is called Rosh Ḥodesh, literally, “head of the month.” Because a lunar cycle is 29½ days, some months are one day longer than others, and some have two days of Rosh Ḥodesh, while others have only one.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/rosh-hodesh

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:25pm

  8. Tisha B'Av Landing

    The fast day of Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is an annual day of mourning marking the destruction of the Second Temple. Over time, Tisha B’Av became the central day of mourning on the Jewish calendar. Later generations layered their tragedies onto it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/jewish-time-shabbat-and-holidays/tisha-bav

    Posted on: 2016/12/14 - 12:25pm

  9. Jacob Staub on Miketz - Rosner's Domain

    Rabbi Jacob Staub discusses Parashat Miketz with Shmuel Rosner of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/rabbi-jacob-staub-discusses-parashat-miketz

    Posted on: 2017/01/05 - 1:42pm

  10. Network Landing: Reconstructionist Incubator (2016-17)

    Reconstructionist Incubator: How might we move bold ideas to action?

    Facilitated by Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Impact at RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities

    For Reconstructionist Rabbis & their thought partners

    Thursdays 12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m. EST – Feb. 16, March 2, March 16, April 6, April 27 and May 4

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/networks/2016/reconstructionist-incubator

    Posted on: 2017/01/12 - 3:58pm

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