Tag Archives: Hanukkah

Not always what it Seems

Parashat Mikketz Things are not always what they seem. Often we make assumptions, only to find out in the end we are wrong. This entire portion points out that we have to be careful about jumping to conclusions. We can additionally ask … Continue reading

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Hanukkah: A Festival of Dedication

Tonight (Sunday, Dec. 6th) is the beginning of Hanukkah. The word Hanukkah means “dedication” in Hebrew, and recalls the triumphant events of the Maccabees and the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following its desecration by the forces of Antiochus and the Syrian-Greeks in … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel tells a story about a trip he took to Saragossa, Spain, years ago. Saragossa had been a thriving center of Jewish life before the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. As Wiesel was walking through town, … Continue reading

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“Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev asks why Hanukkah is considered the holiday of miracles, rather than Passover, when the military victory of the Maccabees and even the miracle of the lights in no way compare to the grandeur of the parting … Continue reading

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“Rabbi Hugo Gryn was a child in Auschwitz when his father melted the precious margarine ration to light a Hanukkah candle. Hugo protested. His father said, ‘My child, we know you can live three days without water. You can live … Continue reading

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What … Tyranny and Chocolate???

This week I ran across a fun post in time for Hanukkah by a young Reform Rabbi on her blog, Frume Sarah’s World. As Jews, we share a unique responsibility in Tikkun Olam, in repairing the world and infusing it … Continue reading

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