King Solomon, Pi and the Molten Sea

Did the Temple of Solomon Define Pi in the Bible?” reviews the mathematics of the “molten sea” that King Solomon installed in the Temple at Jerusalem.

The Mathematics of “Pi” in the Bible

An Artist's Rendition of Solomon's Molten Sea" : image from the Jewish Encyclopedia 1901-06
An Artist’s Rendition of Solomon’s Molten Sea” : image from the Jewish Encyclopedia 1901-06

My Decoded Science article looks at the Bible verse that gives both the circumference and diameter of this large basin, and explains how those two numbers should allow us to calculate π (pi). Does the Bible give the approximate answer of 3.14159265…?

My article also reports on whether any US states have adopted the Bible’s evaluation of π.

Publicity for my Article about Solomon and Pi

My Blog of Writing includes a wise writing tip as “Math and the Bible meet Pi and King Solomon” links to my article.

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Americans looking for a new laptop or desktop computer might check Lenovo‘s lineup of products and services. You might not need it to calculate π, but imagine what Solomon might have done with 3D engineering software.

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Thank you for reading about King Solomon’s mathematical encounter with π in Decoded Science.

Two Canadian Connections to Christian Peacemaker Teams

Introducing the Christian Peacemaker Teams Organization” had been my article in a now-defunct web site. Here’s the still-useful background about Christian Peacemaker Teams.

CPT is about a quarter-century old, and was founded by several Mennonite denominations. Today it is supported by a broader coalition of Christian churches.

Two Canadians who Beat Swords into Plowshares

"Swords into Plowshares" image by Tjebbe van Tijen / Imaginary Museum Projects
“Swords into Plowshares” image by Tjebbe van Tijen / Imaginary Museum Projects

The phrase “swords into plowshares” comes from Isaiah 2:4 in the Bible; it refers to a blacksmith converting weapons into farm implements.

The two Canadian connections co-wrote one of the articles that I referenced for my work.

Sam Steiner was born in the United States but moved to Waterloo, Ontario (Canada) as a young adult. He is the subject of Theatre of the Beat‘s 2012 play, “Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft“; here is a relevant blog post.

I know Doug Pritchard, and asked my fellow Toronto resident to check the details in my article.

Once you exhaust these online sources of information about Christian Peacemaker Teams, you might pursue books (or even children’s games!) about peacemaking and pacifism from Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK.

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Celebrating the 2012 Hanukkah in Toronto

Hanukkah, or Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days beginning on 25 Kislev in their lunar calendar. This year, Hanukkah 2012 begins on Saturday Dec. 8th.

I’ve rarely noticed publicity for celebrating Jewish religious festivals in Toronto, but I assume those within that faith community are well informed. This site usually avoids publicizing Toronto events inside places of worship, but I found one to held in a public building and another outdoor venue. My assumption is that anyone would be welcome to join such a winter event in Toronto.

(Added Dec. 13, 2012): Today’s print edition of the Beach Mirror says that Kew Gardens is the venue for lighting a menorah for Hanukkah on Saturday Dec. 15th at 6pm.  Kew Gardens is at Queen St. East at Lee Ave. The Beach Mirror article adds that the Beach Synagogue invites people to a latke festival following the menorah ceremony, but you should call 416-694-7942 (so they can prepare, I assume). The official Beach Hebrew Institute home page currently notes that one should bring one’s own “personal Hannukiah, candles, and a ( Kosher Dairy ) main course, dessert, or salad”. That page confirms the Kew Garden event at 6pm.

A Library’s Free Chanukah Concert in Toronto

"Snow-Covered Chanukah Menorah in East Sussex" image by Dominic's pics (Dominic Alves)
“Snow-Covered Chanukah Menorah in East Sussex” image by Dominic’s pics (Dominic Alves)

The Barbara Frum Branch of the Toronto Public Library will host “Chanukah Concert Live” on Wed. Dec. 12 from 7-8pm. Admission is free, but please call 416-395-5440 to register ahead of time. This branch is at 20 Covington Road, near Bathurst and Lawrence Ave. West.

One Reference for Several Chanukah Services in Toronto

It’s TIme For Latkes And Dreidels” lists a number of Chanauka services across Toronto planned for several dates during the 2012 Festival of Lights. They list quite a few locations for celebrating Chanukah in Toronto.

A Hanukkah Toy Drive in Toronto

I hadn’t realized that the Jewish community holds a toy drive for Hanukkah, but “Drive For Dreidels” continues through Dec. 10th.

Is There an Outdoor Menorah in Toronto?

I did find one notice for an outdoor menorah event in Toronto, at the Prosserman JCC on Sun. Dec. 9 from 4-6:30pm. Apparently the menorah lighting ceremony is outdoors at about 6pm. There is a free family-oriented fun festival inside, at 4588 Bathurst Street. Learn more through the “Maccabees Journey through the Prosserman” web page.

4588 Bathurst is about half-way between Sheppard and Finch, just south of Ellerslie.

Background on the Hanukkah Festival of Lights

Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a one-day supply of consecrated lamp oil that lasted for eight days. The Temple in Jerusalem was being rededicated after it was taken back from the Syrian Greeks. It took eight days to press the olive oil and purify it for the Temple, but only a small amount was available. Miraculously the oil was sufficient to keep the lamps lit until the new oil was ready.

The nine-branched menorah is lit to commemorate this miracle; likewise the success of the Maccabees in restoring Jewish control of the Temple.

Hanukkah includes giving kosher gifts, special festival foods, and toys and games for children. It’s an annual winter religious celebration, but overshadowed by publicity for annual Toronto winter events associated with Christmas.

If gifts of clothing to adults are appropriate, Ssense serves stylish Canadian men and women.

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