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DECEMBER 6, 2018 – For those diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the best chance of finding a life-saving match is from a donor of similar race or ethnicity. This is what happened when young Idan Zablocki was diagnosed with a genetic disorder impacting his blood – Hyper IgM syndrome. It is an immune deficiency caused Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - Once Hanukkah was dreidels and latkes and candles, oh my. Now it’s wrappings and ribbons, and pricey gifts to buy. Obviously we are talking about the holiday of Hanukkah today, not the way I grew up. Then, it was a simple little celebration that included lighting candles for eight nights, chanting Read More

NOVEMBER 28, 2018 - One of the most essential commandments of Hanukkah is called pirsum haNes, the public proclamation of the miraculous events we celebrate on these days. When possible, the menorah is placed in a window or elsewhere in the home so it can be seen from the outside. This custom is especially prevalent Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - When I met my wife, I learned that her family used the same tune for their blessings over Shabbat candles and Hanukkah candles. I expect many families do the same. They don’t just mix the tunes: People often confuse the distinctive meanings of Shabbat and Hanukkah candles. But this distinction can Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - It is interesting that Chanukah falls at a time of year when (for those of us on the East Coast) often there is snow. It is a time when the chill of the winter starts to seep deep into our bones. It’s a time when you want to cozy up to Read More

NOVEMBER 28, 2018 - Friends, as we gather with our children, dear ones, and community on this festival, it is well for us to seek special meaning in each flame, just as we seek to see each person as unique and possessing unique qualities. The readings here are meant to be read with young and Read More

  NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - The Monday after 11 Jews were murdered in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, just as morning minyan was letting out, a neighbor and his young son stopped by Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly. They brought us homemade, heart-shaped cookies and a card expressing their concern for their Jewish Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - I can recall a time many years ago when I had made an appointment with a car dealership in order to purchase a new vehicle. While it was the closest dealership that sold the make and model SUV that I wanted, the dealer had a reputation for having immaculate polished floors Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - There is a peculiar midrash on the story of Noah and the flood about a king who fills his palace with adoring subjects who can’t speak. They still manage to praise the king with hand gestures. The king thinks to himself, wow – if subjects who can’t speak can still display Read More

  NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - Here’s a question I’m asked from time to time, especially at this season of the year: Why is it our custom to use a “shamash” candle to light the Hanukkah lights, but we don’t use a “servant candle” to light the Shabbat lights every week? In other words, on Hanukkah Read More