Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hillel students' visit the public display, which coincides with the 'festival of lights' and continues until Dec. 12 at Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Since Sunday, scores of shoppers in West Bloomfield's Orchard Mall were treated to the sights and sounds of Chanukah Wonderland, virtual Chanukah experience for children, teens and adults. That included the dozens of third graders from Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills, and their parent chaperones, who took a special field trip Wednesday morning. Students ate traditional sufganiot, decorate wooden dreidels and other crafts and played. They also visited the Olive Press Project, an interactive exhibit where they saw how olive oil was extracted from raw olives during the Temple period. The Bais Chabad Torah Center in West Bloomfield sponsors the three-day tribute to the eight-day Jewish holiday, one of the most widely-celebrated holidays …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with fun events and delicious recipes.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, 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, Dec. 8. 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, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born. Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Day after Thanksgiving? Day after Halloween? How soon is too soon to decorate for the holidays?
As Michigan shoppers headed to the store for Halloween candy in October, they were met with a now-familar sight: holiday decorations. Christmas trees, lights, blow-up Menorahs and manger scenes line the aisles already at Home Depot, Target, Walmart and other stores in and around Farmington and Farmington Hills. So when it comes to your holiday decorations, how soon do you start? Whether your tree goes up while the jack-o-lanterns are still on the porch; or if you stick to the nothing-until-after-Thanksgiving rule, tell us: When will you decorate for the holidays?
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Have you seen the motorcycle Santa riding around Farmington and Farmington Hills?
The festival of lights begins tonight, providing some warmth to a chilly, rainy Michigan day: The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of rain and snow today, with temperatures in the upper 30s. Rain is more likely tonight, with a low of around 35. Tonight at sundown, local Jewish families will light the first candle on the hanukkiah or menorah to mark this 8-day holiday. Read about the history and traditions here, and about area Hanukkah celebrations here. Tomorrow is the last day to take Farmington Public Schools' customer satisfaction survey, designed to give parents and community members a chance to weigh in on how the District is doing. Results will be presented to the Board of Education at one of their meetings …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Learn more about the history and meaning behind this Jewish holiday, which starts tomorrow at sundown.
While Christmas is among the top two Christian holidays in terms of importance, Hanukkah is considered a minor holiday for the Jewish people. Nevertheless, it has become one of the more widely celebrated Jewish holidays and is certainly a favorite among children. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE (Before Common Era) and is celebrated by lighting one additional candle in a candelabrum, called a hanukkiah (or menorah) for eight days. The holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah means rededication and refers to the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE (or BC). As the website MyJewishLearning.com notes, "Beginning in 167 BCE…