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Giving Gifts
December 1, 2013 – 1:09 am
Giving Gifts

“One who is diligent in lighting Chanukah candles will have children who are scholars” (Shabbat 23b).The desire for scholarly children was actually one of the motivations for the custom of giving Chanukah gelt(money). In modern times, money h…

Chanukah Yum
December 1, 2013 – 1:03 am
Chanukah Yum

While Jewish holidays are known for their food (except Yom Kippur, of course), most of these foods are not known for being particularly healthy. Chanukah is no exception. Forget matzah or apples, those are healthy in comparison–pull out your deep frye…

The Challenge of Fitting In
November 29, 2013 – 1:09 am
The Challenge of Fitting In

The weekly Torah reading of Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17), which almost always coincides with Chanukah, tells the story of the rise of Joseph the son of Jacob from slave to viceroy. And while Miketz contains no Jewish oppression, no b…

Spin the Dreidel
November 29, 2013 – 1:03 am
Spin the Dreidel

I have a little dreidelI made it out of clayAnd when it’s dry and readyWith dreidel I shall play!The dreidel is a four sided top, with a single Hebrew letter on each of its sides. Before the game begins, all players are given an equal number of coins…

These Lights We Kindle
November 28, 2013 – 1:08 am
These Lights We Kindle

While the mitzvah of lighting the menorah is an outward-focused mitzvah – the menorah is lit in a window or doorway – it is also an opportunity for personal reflection on the deeper meaning of the holiday.

Jewish Treats 2013-11-28 01:03:00
November 28, 2013 – 1:03 am
Jewish Treats 2013-11-28 01:03:00

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to be in supermarkets in November, it’s turkey! In fact, many supermarkets even give them away to promote large purchases of other groceries.As you put the turkey into the oven, take a moment to think about th…

On The 25th Of Kislev
November 28, 2013 – 1:03 am
On The 25th Of Kislev

It is not uncommon to find that significant events in Jewish history occurred in different years but on the same day on the Jewish calendar. For instance, Tisha B’Av (9th of Av), the day on which we mark the destruction of both the First and Second Tem…

Holiday Help: How to Take the Pressure Off Meeting Your Mate’s Family
November 28, 2013 – 1:00 am
Holiday Help: How to Take the Pressure Off Meeting Your Mate’s Family

Congratulations! You’ve found your potential Prince or Princess Charming, and things are going well; so well, that you’ve found yourself invited to share in their family’s holiday celebrations. Here are some unique ways to connect with your significant other’s family so you feel like you’re holding court, instead of crashing the ball this Thanskgivukkah.

The Chanukiyah
November 27, 2013 – 1:08 am
The Chanukiyah

The term menorah is used for both the classic symbol of the holiday of Chanukah and the great seven-branched candelabra that was built in the wilderness following explicit Divine directions and used first in the Tabernacle and later stood in the Holy T…

Pure Olive Oil
November 27, 2013 – 1:03 am
Pure Olive Oil

While a large number of Jews today light Chanukah candles, the more traditional custom is to light the Chanukah menorah with olive oil. This is done in order to most accurately recreate the original miracle.When God instructed Moses on the construction…

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