Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to all of our readers who celebrate!

Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah) is known as the Festival of Lights. It begins at sundown tonight and ends on December 28th. "Hanukkah" means "to dedicate," and the holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

The Duggars traveled to Israel in September to fulfill Grandma Duggar's lifelong dream of visiting the Holy Land.

10 comments:

  1. As one of your Jewish readers who adores the Duggar Family & your blog, I say, Thank You!!! :-)

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  2. Happy Hanukkah everyone!

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  3. Lily and Ellie u girls r awesome!! Happy holidays

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  4. Not all of us who celebrate Hanukkah are Jewish. :-)
    Just lettin' ya know. ;-)

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  5. Hi Tracey and Tory,

    Thanks for the kind words about our blog! We are honored to have you as readers.

    Lily and Ellie

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  6. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for mentioning that! We edited the post.

    We are thankful to have you as a reader.
    ~Lily and Ellie

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  7. Just curious - Ellie and Lily, are you Jewish? If so, have you ever considered doing occasional posts about your lifestyle?

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  8. Hi Lisa!

    We're not Jewish, but as Christians we appreciate our Jewish roots.

    ~Lily and Ellie

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  9. Thanks from another Jewish reader! Wishing you both many blessings (and a Merry Christmas)!

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  10. The Menorah is a touching gesture - we use olive oil in ours by the way as it is closest to the way the holiday originated. I am VERY Jewish and frankly much of what your family practice puzzles me. We follow as many of the 613 commandments of the bible as is possible for us given the absence of the Holy Temple. Unlike Christians we hold that the Messiah has yet to come - that he has not yet come to this world. As far as the puzzling part - you adopt certain commandments such as circumcision, the separation of married couples for 14 days out of each cycle - you adopt certain things such as wearing the Star of David - clearly a symbol of being a Jew - Jerusalem is the City of David - a Hebrew King. Yet you choose not to observe the dietary laws, our Sabbath and its laws, practices of modesty, Women wearing women's clothing only, chastity until marriage, even not using birth control - where and how do you decide to pick and choose what you choose to follow and what you choose to ignore? I say this because for us it is written but for you well you seem to pick and choose what you follow.

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