Hello Israel! Babaganewz has a reporter, live at the giving of the Ten Commandments. Lets give it to our reporter, Jake!
Jake : Hi Babaganewz. I’m here at Har Sinai to witness Moshe going up the mountain to tell the commandments to Bn’ai Yisrael, and to recieve them.
Babaganewz Reporter : Why is Moshe going up the mountain? Why couldn’t G-d just say the commandments himself?
Jake : Well, I interviewed a Jew here, and this is what he said-
Well, Shumel (my Hebrew name), G-d started saying the Ten Commandments. Wow, what a racket! It was like, 300 decibels! We heard this REALLY loud Shofar (animal horn), and then we heard this LOUD voice, calling down to us- I AM THE ONE AND ONLY GOD. YOU SHALL ONLY WORSHIP ME!! We told Moshe, “Please, say the commandments for us! We can’t take G-d’s Awesome voice! So Moshe is going to say them for us.
Babaganewz Reporter : Wow. How’s the weather over there, Jake?
Jake : Well, I’m predicting cloudy with lots of lightning. Also, I’m thinking some fire and thunder is on the way!
Babaganewz Reporter : Well, that wraps it up for today, Israel. Tune in tomorrow for Shoshana and the Hebrew Mystery!
This Friday was Rosh Chodesh AND Shabbas! Rosh Chodesh is the Jewish New Month. Since the Jewish Calendar follows the moon, a new moon means a new Jewish month. Click Here for more info about Rosh Chodesh. We had a Kabbalt Shabbat. That is when the whole school gathers before carpool and sings Shabbas songs. How does your religon celebrate the new month?
Since I am Jewish, I celebrate different holidays. One is Shabbas. It is every Saturday. The High Holidays are coming up. These holidays are Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hoshana Rabah, Succos, Shemini Atzeret and Simchas Torah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the day of repentance. We stay in synagogue all day and fast. On Hoshana Rabah Jews beat willow branches. Succos is actually a week when we make a hut, and we eat our meals in it. Shemini Atzeret is a day when G-d “stays an extra day in our huts.” Simchas Torah is the day we start reading the Torah again.
We then celebrate Chanukah in December. Chanukah’s duration is 8 days. We are celebrating when the Macabees defeated the gigantic Roman army. The Macabees’ oil also lasted 8 days when it should of lasted one day. After Chanukah is Tu B’Shvat. That is the birthday of trees. Pesach comes next. It is when we celebrate being freed from slavery. Lag B’Omer is when Rabbi Akiva’s students stopped dying from a disease. Next is Shavuos, when when Jews god the Torah from G-d. Those are the Jewish Holidays in a year. Our holidays are different from other religions!