Chanukah guide for the perplexed, 2018 by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger

Based on ancient Jewish sages
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1. The miracle of Chanukah. According to ancient Jewish sages, Chanukah highlights a critical, non-conventional interpretation of the term “miracle,” which is a derivative of – and not superior to – reality. Thus, the Hebrew translation of “miracle” – Ness נס – is the root of the Hebrew translation of “(life) experience” – נסיון.

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Rosh Hashanah guide for the perplexed, 2016

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on Tishrei 1 and 2 which is
October 2 (sundown) – Oct 4 in 2016 (Chabad.Org)

Based on ancient Jewish Sages, September 28, 2016

1. Rosh Hashanah is one of four Jewish New Years: (a) Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of the Creation, the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar (5,777) and the seasons, the setting of the Sabbatical (7th) and the Jubilee (50th) years and the figuring of the annual tithe (10%) on vegetable and grains; (b) the first day of the month of Nissan initiates the three Jewish pilgrimages/festivals (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) and the measuring of the reign of kings; (c) the first day of the month of Elul, the preparations for Rosh Hashanah and the new year for animal tithes in ancient Israel; (d) the 15th day of the month of Shvat, the new year of the trees, which are role-models for human-beings.

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Shavou’ot (Pentecost) guide for the perplexed, 2016

Based on Ancient Jewish Sages, more information: (pdf)

1. The 49 days between Passover and Shavou’ot are dedicated to enhancing one’s behavior. It is customary to pave the road to Shavou’ot/Pentecost – from Passover – by studying the six chapters of “ The Ethics of the Fathers ” (Pirkei Avot in Hebrew), which is one of the 63 tractates of the Mishnah (the Oral Torah) – a compilation of common sense principles and ethical and moral teachings, which underline inter-personal relationships. For example:

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