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DECEMBER 14, 2017 - Needless to say, while my holy Jewish brother, Reb Adam, put it cutely, I don’t know if he quite captured the essence of the holiday. We’ve all heard the story a hundred times about the victory of the Jews over the Assyrian Greeks, and the miracle of the oil that lasted Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 - “What is the reason for Hanukkah?” asks the Gemara portion of the Talmud. What are we celebrating? What feelings are we experiencing? What ideas are we exploring? These questions demonstrate that our tradition offers a myriad of reasons, meanings, and themes for Hanukkah. Because of this, as Cantor Elana Rozenfeld told Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 - “You’re going Hanukkah shopping today, aren’t you?” David asked his mother as she dropped him off at junior high. “Maybe,” she teased. “And maybe not.” “Well, I know you are,” David said. “You have on your sneakers and you only wear those when you’re headed for the mall. So here’s my Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 - It’s getting very dark outside, and it’s impossible not to notice. As December continues to unfold, we’re approaching the very darkest time of the year. As Hanukkah arrives, the waning moon will be entering its most shadowy phase in the night sky.  At the same time, the sun is approaching its Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 - In Jewish thought, the number seven symbolizes the routine cycles of our lives and the behavior patterns that we follow on a regular basis, both good and bad. We base this on a mystical idea that views the seven day creation cycle as an ongoing dynamic: We are its continuity. The Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 - Almost every Jewish holiday with the exception of Hanukkah is mentioned in the Tanach, Jewish scripture. The Hanukkah story is found in the Book of Maccabees, which is included in a group of extra-Biblical literature known as the Apocrypha. Scholars suggest a number of reasons for this omission. Unlike the Torah Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 – Darkness greets us at dawn in December. The morning winds begin, the trees sway, the leaves poke through the snow and ice and we carry on, adjusting – ignoring the chilly gusts that seem to whisper something new each morning. There is much to ponder in winter’s glare and shadows. We Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 – JERUSALEM – It’s been a year of nice, round anniversaries on the Zionist calendar. A full century has gone by since the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which began weaving the idea of a Jewish homeland in Palestine into the fabric of international resolutions and mandates that would emerge from the First World Read More

Thank you, President Trump for your announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Thank you for doing the right thing in announcing that the US Embassy will – as it should be – relocated to Jerusalem. Thank you for saying as you did that “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no Read More

I am glad that Anna Selman set right Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely’s inaccurate and injurious statement that (Diaspora) Jews are a “people that never send their kids to fight for their country” in the Nov. 30 edition of the Jewish Journal. The author helpfully pointed out that there are 15,000 American Jews on Read More