Wednesday, December 13, 2017

cHappy cHanukah! (video)

Remember when actor Adam Sandler did The Chanukah Song(s)? That was funny. What is Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה‎)? It is a gift-giving Jewish holiday used like Xmas commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December on the common Gregorian calendar. 

It is also known as the Festival of Lights -- like Diwali in India -- and the Feast of Dedication. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah menorah (or hanukkiah). More

Buddhist Jewish Dialogue

Emory University Professor Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D. and Rabbi David Ingber from New York discuss differences and similarities between the Buddhist and Jewish paths. Additional commentary comes from The Drepung Loseling monks, Aspen Chapel, Aspen, Colorado, 2016.

News of the Day (Democracy Now!)

How Buddhism informed my Judaism: Rabbis Shmuly Yanklowitz, David Almog

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