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Friday night Shabbat services start 7:30 PM               followed by an Oneg                                                   Saturday services start 10:30 AM

Services held at Temple Shalom                                   4023 Belle Terre Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC  29579                             843-903-6634

Temple Rabbi David Weissman

Temple President Lily Ann Revitch


   

Chanukah begins on Saturday evening, December 24th. Be sure to attend the candle lighting ceremony in Valor Park in Market Common at 5:30 P.M. on December 24th followed by the Chanukah Happening at 7:00 P.M. at the temple. The following are some commonly asked questions about Chanukah: How is the holiday spelled in English? In Hebrew, it is always spelled the same way. But because there is more than one possible English letter equivalent for some Hebrew letters, there are various ways it is spelled in English. The major problem is that there is no English letter or combination of English letters that has the guttural sound used in pronouncing the name of the holiday. Chanukah is my preferred spelling. But Hanukah, Hanuka, Hannukah and Hanukkah are also possibilities. Sometimes when an H rather than a Ch is used for the first sound, a “.” is placed under the H to indicate the guttural sound. How significant is the holiday? It is post-biblical and was traditionally considered a minor holiday. But Judaism has evolved as a religion and it became more important with the passage of time, perhaps in response to a Christian holiday which occurs about the same time of year. Why do we celebrate the holiday? The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple by Judah the Maccabee and his followers on the 25th day of Kislev in the year 165 B.C.E. after its desecration by the forces of King Antiochus, a Syrian king who was a proponent of Greek culture. King Antiochus ruled over a Syrian empire, including the land of Judea. He wanted all of his subjects to adhere to Greek culture and religious practices. He outlawed Jewish rituals and installed statues of Greek gods in the temple in Jerusalem. In 168 B.C.E., there was a Jewish revolt led by the Maccabees, which, after three years, was successful in routing the forces of King Antiochus. The temple was cleansed of Greek gods and rededicated as a Jewish temple. The word Chanukah means dedication. Why is the holiday celebrated for eight days? Most scholars believe the holiday is celebrated for eight days because King Solomon dedicated the first temple on the holiday of Sukkot which, when Sh’mini Atzeret is added on, lasts for eight days and Judah the Maccabee wanted to emphasize the importance of his rededication of the temple. However, there is a leg-end that the festival was instituted for eight days because the pure olive oil found in the temple , though sufficient for only one day, miraculously burned for eight days, which allowed time for a new supply to be obtained. Why is the holiday important? If the Maccabees had not been successful, Judaism might have been wiped out. Chanu-kah should be celebrated as a holiday of religious freedom. How should the Chanukah menorah (Chanukiah) be lit? The lights are inserted into the menorah from right to left, but the actual lighting is from left to right, beginning with the most recently added candle. What foods are traditionally eaten on Chanukah? Foods made with oil. Potato latkes are a holiday favorite. In Israel, a type of donut is eaten.

Chag sameach. Happy holiday.

Rabbi David Weissman

                                                                                                            


FROM THE PRESIDENT:

Lily Ann is currently on vacation. The article below is one written by David Pflaster for the December, 2009 bulletin when Sandy Lempert was President and on vacation.


The holiday season is upon us. This should not be much of a surprise to most of us since this season occurs every year. Usu-ally we find people are more willing to interact with friends, acquaintances and even strangers. This sudden, if but brief, spurt of shared joy is characterized by a the basic feeling of hope for a better future contrasted by the reality of the present and immediate past.
We are ordered to celebrate the holiday season ( HAVE a HAPPY Thanksgiving, HAPPY Hanukah, HAPPY NEW YEAR). We are flooded with requests for donations in the mail, on the TV and in front of stores. Will giving a toy to a child or helping provide the funds for a holiday meal cure our prob-lems ? Probably not, but we like to think so.
In the spirit of the holiday season let me pass along my wishes of good health and happiness to all of us at Temple Shalom. My wishes, though, extend through the year. May those of us under-going treatments for various ills be treated successfully. May those of us recovering from surgeries recover fully. May those of who have lost loved ones find solace in the friendship and knowledge that our congregation shares their loss.
It is said that when one door closes another door will open. In the spirit of the season, I look forward for Temple Shalom to find that open door.