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Torah and Haftarah Portions for the Month of December 2017
» December  2 - Va'yishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43); Haftarah (Hosea 11:7-12:12; Sephardi: Obadiah1:1-1:21
» December  9 - Va'yeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23 ); Haftarah (Amos 2:6-3:8 )
» December  16 - Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17); Haftarah (I Kings 3:15 -4:1)
» December 23 - Va'yigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27); Haftarah (Ezekiel 37:15-37:28)
» December 30 - V'yechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26); Haftarah (I Kings 2:1-12)

Jewish Holidays in December 2017:

Chanukah,  evening of December 13 through sunset of December 20 (25 Kislev - 2 Teveth)
Chanukah (from the Hebrew for Rededicate) is a celebration of Judah Maccabbee's victory over Antiochus in 165 BCE, reclaiming the Temple in Jerusalem, removing the idols, and rededicating it.  According to the Babylonian Talmud (Tractate Shabbos, Page 21 B), there was only enough pure oil to light the Temple Menorah (a seven-branched candelabrum) for one day, but it lasted for 8 days - enough time for the priests to prepare more oil.  Although Chanukah is not a Holy Day as defined by the Torah, it is a time for family celebrations and gift exchange.  Traditional Chanukah foods include potato pancakes (latkes) and, in Israel, jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot), both of which are fried in oil, commemorating the miracle of the oil.

Note: When Chanukah falls on Friday night, traditional Jews light the Chanukah candles before the Sabbath candles.  When Chanukah falls on a Saturday night, traditional Jews celebrate Havdallah (the service separating the Sabbath from Sunday) then light the Chanukah candles.

For more information about Chanukah, click here.

Fast of Teveth  (December 28/10 Teveth)

Fast of Teveth commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 588 BCE, which culminated in the destruction of the Temple on 9 Av 586 BCE.  It is referenced as a fast day in Zechariah 8:19.  The fast begins at dawn of December 22, rather than the night before).

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