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Just as Rosh Hashanah arrived very early this year, so too is Chanukah.  The first candle will be lit on Wednesday evening, December 1st.  For those of you who understand the Jewish calendar, you know that our holidays move around because our calendar is based on lunar months.  Lunar months being only 28-29 days in duration, our year is shorter than a solar year.  Without any corrections, our holidays would come earlier and earlier each year.  Eventually, Passover would be in the middle of winter, and then in the Fall.  So, in order to keep the Spring holidays in the Spring and the Autumn holidays in Autumn, the Rabbis devised a system whereby we add a “leap month” every so many years to make a correction.  Having very early holidays is a clue that a correction is coming.  And consequently, this year the month of Adar will be repeated.  This occurs in March and February.  This correction will allow Passover to fall in mid April this year, just about on time.  This, despite the old saying, “Jewish holidays are always early or late, but never on time”!

The South Hills JCC is holding its annual Chanukah party on Monday, Dec 6.  See the attached flyer.

Community Wide Chanukah 2010

And lest we forget that Thanksgiving is a day set aside to thank God for the manifold blessings He has bestowed on us, be reminded that we are having Thanksgiving morning services, 9:00 AM.  I know that some of you will be away visiting families.  Go in good health and come back in good health.  Have a wonderful holiday.

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Giving Thanks

One week from today is Thanksgiving.  America’s unique holiday.  A celebration of what makes us a great nation— the right of all our citizens to practice the religion of their choosing, free of government interference or coercion.  And to honor this we have set aside a day to thank God for bringing us to this place.

So what are you doing on Thanksgiving morning?  Sleeping in?  Going to the grocery store?  I’ve got a suggestion.  Come down to the Carnegie Shul for morning minyan.  It’s a great excuse to get out of the house for a couple hours.  And it provides you the opportunity to say your prayers on this Thanksgiving Day.

Our morning minyan will begin at 9:00 AM.  And we should be done by 10:15.  This will be a regular weekday service, so if you lay tefillin, bring it.  Also, there will be the normal Thursday morning Torah reading.  And finally, a special treat: the reading of President George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Day proclamation.  But even with all that, we will still have a little time for coffee and bagels afterwards.  Tell your friends.  Thanksgiving morning minyan is now an annual observance in Carnegie.  Hope to see you here.

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