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On the 25th of Kislev
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 Temple, occurred on the same calendar day on which the Israelites in the wilderness listened to the spies and cried out in fear that God was leading them to their deaths. This resulted in 38 additional years of wandering in the wilderness before the next generation was allowed to enter the Promised Land.

The Chanukah Blessings
The Chanukah Blessings

The Jewish people have said this prayer daily for thousands of years. On the first night of Chanukah, one candle/light is placed on the far right of the menorah. Each succeeding night, one candle/light is added to the left of the previous night’s candle(s)/light(s). The newest candle/light is always lit first.

Staying Positive During Tough Times
Staying Positive During Tough Times

Here are some other ways to fight the urge to be bummed about the economy!

Light One Candle
Light One Candle

“Light one candle for the Maccabee children, with thanks that their light didn’t die…”

Hannah and Her Sons
Hannah and Her Sons

The story of Hannah and her seven sons is the story of the Jewish resistance to Antiochus’ attempts to Hellenize the Jewish people around 166 B.C.E.

Chanukah – What’s The Mitzvah
Chanukah – What’s The Mitzvah

Here’s a quiz:  What is the primary mitzvah of Chanukah?

Giving Gifts
Giving Gifts

“One who is diligent in lighting Chanukah candles will have children who are scholars” (Shabbat 23b).

How To Calm Down After An Argument
How To Calm Down After An Argument

Take a deep breath and discover our favorite ways to calm down after an argument.

The Story of Chanukah
The Story of Chanukah

Around the year 167 B.C.E., the Syrian-Greek rulers of Judea tried to force the Jews to assimilate into Hellenic culture. They summoned the Jews to the town squares where they were forced to worship idols or to sacrifice a pig before the idol.

Putting Chanukah In Perspective
Putting Chanukah In Perspective

The events of Chanukah took place about 150 years after the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE), whose death brought 40 years of civil war to his empire.

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