Tag Archives: Holy Day

When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah) 2016 — December 24th or December 25th (Christmas)?

by Anura Guruge


It is the adjacency to Christmas that makes this rather important —
Hanukkah not falling on Christmas day that often.

You would think that there would be NO discrepancy.

But, there is. As you will see.

And yes, I understand that Jewish holidays start at sundown where a ‘day’, per the ‘European’ calendar/convention, starts at midnight. And with Hanukkah there is the ‘first day’ — though that is when the first candle is lit. So, it would not, and should not, be taken as the next day.


And we do have a definitive answer
(as of Friday, November 25, 2016) thanks to

Chani Benjaminson of Chabad.org (referenced below).

“The Jewish day begins the night before, so while the first day of Chanukkah 2016 will be on the 25th, the first night is the 24th and that’s when the first Menorah candle will be lit. See this handy calendar for more details:

http://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/month.asp?tdate=12/25/2016

Best wishes,

Chani Benjaminson
Chabad.org”

OK?


Time and Date” an accepted source for such information says
December 25, 2016.

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chabad.org, that appears quite Jewish, says December 24!

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Wikipedia concurs, with December 25 — i.e., Christmas. “Farmer’s Almanac” also says December 24!


Then there is this — “The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism“.
They sound like an outfit that would know this stuff. They claim December 25!

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So, I am confused. I just wanted to research when it falls on Christmas. Thanks.


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Think – Today: What Causes Meteor Showers?

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What causes meteor showers to occur (or why do meteor showers take place)? 


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: Thanksgiving was celebrated on Thursdays, rather than Fridays, to put some space between it and the Sabbath day observed by Puritan colonists. Around New England, in colonial days, many ministers had got into the habit of delivering a sermon on Thursday afternoons. So there was already a minor ‘holy-day‘ connotation associated with Thursdays.


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What is More Important: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

by Anura Guruge


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It was doing the Jewish Purim one day apart from Good Friday post, yesterday, that got me thinking. With that post and the one I did last year about Passover being on the same weekend I used Good Friday as the key date (though I included Easter Sunday too).

Given my interest in religious history I can argue on either side of this. Yes, I know, understand and appreciate the basics. Crucifixion vs. Resurrection. The Passion, the suffering and redemption of sin vs. hope, eternal life (and the true basis of what makes Christianity, Christianity).

That Good Friday is not a Federal Holiday in the very Christian (60%++) U.S. always amazes me. Growing up in very Buddhist Ceylon we had BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday off — thanks to the British/European influence.

I am glad that this question gets debated. Do YOU have an opinion or preference?


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2016: Easter Good Friday And Jewish Purim One Day Apart. Very Rare.

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Last year, i.e., 2015, we had Easter and Jewish Passover fall on the same weekend. The first full day of Passover cannot happen on a Friday. So you can never have the first day of Passover on Good Friday. But as was the case last year you can have the start of Passover, at sunset, taking place on Good Friday. Passover and Good Friday being a day apart happens quite often — as you can see from the table. And this makes sense since these two ‘Holy Days’ were once related.

Purim occurring near Easter is more rare — though Purim can fall on Good Friday as it did in 2005 & 2008.

Passover alway occurs 30 days after Purim. So you can see why Purim doesn’t occur that often close to Easter. As to the big fluctuations. Mainly to do with the fact the Jewish calendar, by and large, is Lunar-based.


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