THE CALENDAR: The Jewish calendar is based mainly on the phases of the moon; but it also
regulates itself to a lesser degree by the sun. God said let there be lights in the firmament of
the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for festivals, for days
and for years.

CHANUKKAH: Is a minor festival celebrated for 8 days that begins on the 25th Kislev. a It is a
minor festival in that none of the days are a Yontuf  when we have to refrain from work.
However it is probably the most important of the minor festivals and has some characteristics of
major festivals:

CLOTHING:  While woman who are even mildly religious, modesty is an attritube of a true Jew
(according to Judism). So in most areas of Jerusalem, you will find thus, but none to say in
Tel-Aviv which is somewhat a party city. For men, wearing the strings, or Tsitsit are still the
custom is clearly from a long time ago.  This comes from verses in the Bible wear God spoke to
Moses in the book of Leviticus.

DAILY CUSTOMS: It is a daily custom for Jews to pray morning, noon and night. They wear what is
called "Tiffillin on their arm with a slip knot .  This Tifillin has the appearance of a thin leather
strap and as they wrap this, they say prays and wear on thier head a small black box. This box
has the bible verses inside of the Torah.

DIETARY LAWS:  The Jewish dietary laws are derived either directly or indirectly from verses in
the Bible. Therefore some of them are more than 3000 years old. In those three thousand years,
the refusal to contravene those laws by eating forbidden foods has caused a number of Jews to
risk their lives and even suffer martyrdom.1. These sacrifices by our ancestors explain why
these laws are still regarded of major importance by many Jews today.