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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 10 December 28, 2011

1,500 Jews attended a candle-lighting ceremony at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, to commemorate the first of eight nights of Hanukkah, according to the Chabad Movement they stood together singing the Hanukkah hymn “Maoz Tzur”, the Jewish residents, tourists and VIPs of Berlin celebrated the victory of light over darkness in a country that, tried to annihilate [...]

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Why Chanukah Is Not “the Jewish X-mas”

“Rabbi, is Hannukah the Jewish X-mas?” Richmond Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman is frequently asked that question about the annual eight-day Jewish festival that this year began last night. The first thing the rabbi says in response is that Hannukah began about 400 years before the birth of J., in whose name X-mas was first celebrated. So [...]

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Obama marks Hanukka early at White House party

US President Barack Obama held a Hannuka reception at the White House on Thursday, 12 days before the holiday actually begins. Obama is scheduled to be on vacation in Hawaii on December 20 when Hannukah begins, prompting the early White House celebration. “We’re jumping the gun just a little bit. The way I see it, [...]

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Make Hanukkah Gelt Bags From Tulle!

Make Hanukkah Gelt Bags From Tulle!

Here’s a simple yet great looking way to make gelt bags or gift bags for Hannukah. Tulle obviously isn’t just for weddings right? And while crocheted gelt bags or felt gelt bags might be wonderful too, these little tulle ones take only a few minutes and would be great for making party favors when there’s [...]

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The “Jewish Christmas” Dilemma – Understanding the Significance of Hanukkah

Oftentimes, Hanukkah is associated with the celebration of Christmas. Many believe that Hanukkah and Christmas are two similar celebrations mainly because they are celebrated at almost the same time and because Hanukkah is called the Festival of Light. Some Jewish parents are tempted to turn Hanukkah into a holiday that’s similar to Christmas. This can [...]

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How to Say the Three Hanukkah Blessings

Lighting the Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah) is the highlight of the Hanukkah celebration. The Menorah is lit every night during the week-long celebration of Hanukkah. This ritual is done to commemorate the ancient Jews’ victory and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days in the temple. All family members should be present when [...]

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The Dreidel Game Played During Chanukah

Dreidel is a traditional Chanukah (Hannukah) game played mostly in Jewish homes around the world. Dreidel in Hebrew means sevivon, which in Yiddish is to turn around. The Dreidel is one of the most popular symbols of Chanukah. Dreidels are essentially tops with four sides having Hebrew letters embedded on each side. Dreidel is a [...]

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A Mezuzah on the Door

by Amy MeltzerIllustrated by: Janice Fried Ages 3-7 Moving is tough! Young readers will relate to the story of a little boy who moves from an apartment in the city to a house in the suburbs and must adjust to his new surroundings. The mitzvah of putting up a mezuzah on the door and the [...]

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Around the Family Table Birkon

with Insights and Commentaryby Rabbi Shlomo Riskin A practical and inspiring book of devotion for the Jewish home.Many uplifting and ancient Jewish traditions are rooted in the home and celebrated with the family. This book of prayer and celebration is intended to serve as a guide for meaningful expressions of the Jewish experience at home. [...]

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Miracle

Nes Gadol…by Artist Mordechai Rosenstein Nes Gadol Chayah Sham - A great miricle happened there. The heart of Hannukah and the words for the letters on the dreidel, refer to the miracle of the crucible of oil and how a days supply of oil lasted for eight in the menorah at the rededication of the [...]

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Happy Hanukkah Wall Hanging

The Festival of Lights comes alive! 9 colorful candles are “lit” by attaching velcro “flames.” 2 storage pouches. 15″W x 14.5″H. This shimmering blue and silver cloth wall hanging helps children celebrate the lighting of Hannukah candles without having to handle a real flame before they’re ready. The decorative, embroidered hanging comes with a blue [...]

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Around the Family Table: A Comprehensive “Bencher” and Companion for Shabbat and Festival Meals and other Family Occasions

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Publisher: Jewish Lights Around the Family Table is a practical and inspiring book of devotion and prayer for the Jewish home. Many uplifting and ancient Jewish traditions are rooted in the home and celebrated with the family. This book of prayer and celebration is intended to serve as a guide for meaningful [...]

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