25. Kislew- 2. Tewet חֲנֻכָּה Chanukka (Weihe)


The eight-day temple consecration is a joyful day of remembrance and does not belong to the biblically prescribed holidays. It commemorates the successful uprising of the Maccabees against Hellenistic rule and the reunification of the desecrated temple in Jerusalem in 165 B.C.E. It is said that in the sanctuary desecrated by the Syrians only one intact oil jar was found, the contents of which would normally have been enough fuel for the seven-armed temple lamp only for one day. But by a miracle this small quantity of oil is said to have lasted for eight days, so that new pure oil could be produced in the meantime. Usually an eight-armed candlestick (menorah) is used today. On the first evening a light is lit, on the second two lights, until then on the eighth day all lights burn.


Heilig Abend


Christmas time begins with the eve just before the feast days. On this evening and the following days the birth of Jesus is celebrated, who according to the Gospel of Luke (Bible, Lk 2, 1-7) was born by Mary in a stable in Bethlehem. Before that, Mary, who was pregnant, had to go to Bethlehem with her husband Joseph to take part in a census. Since there was no place to stay in the whole city, she gave birth to her son in a stable.

In church services this story is told or shown as a play (" Krippenspiel" since the 11th century), a preaching is held and praise is sung about the birth of Jesus. 




On the two Christmas holidays the birth of Jesus is celebrated as well as the spreading of the message of his birth. An angel announced the birth of a new king to the farmers in the field (Bible, Lk 2, 8-12).



Warum Antisemitismus uns alle bedroht

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Podiumsdiskussion mit Michael Blume, Antisemitismusbeauftragter von Baden-Württemberg, weiteren Gästen sowie jüdischen, christlichen und muslimischen Vertretern des House of One über den täglichen Kampf um Toleranz zwischen Menschen verschiedener Religion, Kultur und Herkunft.