In Christianity, the four weeks leading up to Christmas are known as Advent – a time to prepare for Christmas spiritually and educationally. For some, Advent Calendars are an integral part of this four week preparation period. These calendars contain little “windows” that are opened on each day of Advent. Inside each “window” is a little teaching or treat that is intended to prepare the Advent Calendar user for Christmas. After reading an article a few weeks ago about the Advent Calendar, I realized that we need aJewish version of this holiday countdown tool. What an incredible way to remind ourselves and teach our children and grandchildren about the upcoming holiday of Chanukah. And so, Cheryl and I have created The Kislev Calendar: Your Chanukah Countdown which you can find online HERE (

Our calendar begins this Saturday night, the first night of the Jewish month of Kislev. On the 25th day of Kislev (Tuesday night, December 16), we light the first candle of Chanukah. Each night, beginning Saturday night and running through the last night of Chanukah, we invite you and your family to click on the virtual window corresponding to the appropriate date. Inside the windows you will find a special Chanukah lesson, blessing or gift. Some of the windows will get you thinking. Others will get you laughing. All of them, we hope, will make this year’s Chanukah celebration more meaningful for all of you. Remember, The Kislev Calendar begins tomorrow night. This morning on Twitter, The Kislev Calendar got the attention of Manischewitz. We hope it gets your attention. Share it with family and friends and enjoy!

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