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New Siddur a ‘Ner Tamid’ for Brazil’s Jews

A new daily siddur (prayer book) has just been published for Brazil’s Jews by the Shavei Israel organization. Included in the “Ner Tamid” (“Eternal Flame”) siddur are the original Hebrew prayers with a phonetic translation into Portuguese. In addition, the siddur features a Portuguese-language translation to enhance comprehension by those who do not understand Hebrew. [...]

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Fifth Graders from L.A., Samaria Hold Unique Skype Meeting

Fifth Graders from L.A., Samaria Hold Unique Skype Meeting

Fifth graders from Beit Hinuch Ramon School in Samaria held a virtual meeting through the Internet with pupils of the same age from Los Angeles’ Tifereth Israel congregation’s Hebrew school. The meeting was held with the aid of video cameras and the Skype application, to honor Israel’s 64th Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, which was marked on Sunday [...]

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A Continuous Journey

When I was 16 years old I decided I didn’t want to be Jewish anymore. I had been raised in a traditional home, with weekly Friday night dinners, seasonal Chanukah parties, and even the yearly sukkah. I attended Jewish day schools and Zionist camps in my youth, and a Jewish high school in my teens. [...]

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Rabbinical Students Fan Out Across Central Africa

Students from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s newly established rabbinical school spread out across central Africa over Chanukah to connect with area Jews and a cluster of communities throughout the continent. Traveling by boat and plane to Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Namibia, Gabon, Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville in the Congo Republic, and Nairobi and Mombasa in [...]

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For the First Time: Car Menorah Parade in Lakewood!

For the First Time: Car Menorah Parade in Lakewood!

For the very first time, a car-menorah parade took place in Lakewood, NJ on the last day Chanukah, arranged by Lakewood Shliach Rabbi Yerachmiel Altman, along with Rabbi Moshe Gourarie (Chabad of Toms River) and Rabbi Levi Schapiro (Yeshiva Bais Menachem, Manalapan, NJ). In a tour sure to start a tradition, they made their way [...]

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Chanukah Celebration Features Doughnut Menorah

Chanukah Celebration Features Doughnut Menorah

Eight-year-old Aliza and 6-year-old Nochi Zeines drizzled chocolate on a pair of doughnuts, plopped on a dab of whipped cream and finished them off with a handful of sprinkles. Then their father, Sholom Zeines, slid the treats over one of the branches of an 8-foot-high menorah. “It’s a work of art,” Zeines told his children [...]

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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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Reaching Out and Reaching In

Am I the only one who knows a Lubavitch kid gone “their own way”? This is not about why it happens, nor will I be offering a solution. I will tell you what made the Menorah in our home shine brighter than ever before. I received a call yesterday evening from a young lady who [...]

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Chanukah: Overcoming Our Greekness

Chanukah is here! When you think of the victory of light over the darkness that the ancient Greeks tried to spread, you can’t help but think of the world as it is today, sit by the light and know that there is light in the darkest times. Everything that we think of as “light,” becomes [...]

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Holiday Of Lights

It’s a little ironic that Chanukah started as a holiday celebrating getting rid of foreign ideas, because in my mind, Chanukah is Christmas for Jews. Wait- that’s a little too cynical. Let me explain. I’m not Conservative or Reform. I was raised Yeshivish and still practice that way. It’s just that the two holidays are [...]

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Rahm Emanuel Hosts Chabad Rabbi for Chanukah

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered his best wishes to downtown Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Meir Chai Benhiyoun and his family prior to the celebration of the public celebration of the first night of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, but skipped attending the lighting of the first candle of the public menorah that always takes place [...]

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A Chanukah Tale

We will call her Sarah…but that is not her real name. She is homeless, living in a refuge, Jewish and looking for a way to celebrate Chanukah… The Jewish House in the Sydney suburb of Bondi offers refuge to the homeless and it was there that Sarah found herself on the first night of Chanukah. [...]

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The 60 Second Guide to Chanukah

The Battle of the Spiritual vs the Physical To understand any Jewish Holiday it is helpful to restate the foundation of Judaism, which is that there is a G-d, who is completely spiritual who created a world with physical and spiritual parts. Man is the only creation with both a spiritual side (the soul) and [...]

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Chanukah: Sfas Emes Part III

Our sages tell us that the physical war against the Greeks gave expression to our spiritual struggle against them. Hashem could have destroyed the Greeks, but He wanted us to fight against them for our own development. This was the same reason that Avraham fought with Terach and Rabbi Akiva battled the Romans. When we [...]

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Chanukah Pickup Lines

Despite the fact that I’ve been through two very long cooking marathons in which I made and fried up close to 500 latkes, Chanukah just crept up on me this year. I just can’t get used winter without snow and cold and therefore my calendar is pretty much always set on spring. So naturally I [...]

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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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Jews Light Samaria Highway with Menorahs for Festival of Lights

The roads of Samaria, so often poorly lit throughout the year, will glow this week with the giant public Jewish menorahs used for the Festival of Lights. The Samaria Regional Council has erected the giant candelabras for the Chanukah holiday all along Highway 60 to publicize the miracle that gave birth to the holiday. The [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #9 December 21, 2011

The Obama administration’s holiday reception season was in full swing. And so began the fastidious frenzy to make the White House’s kitchen kosher last week, a nearly four-hour drill that started at 10 p.m. Wednesday. A deadline approached: a truckload of kosher food was due Thursday at 10 a.m. Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim around the world launched [...]

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Crocheted Gelt Bags For Chanukah!

Phew, I did it, Chanukah is tonight and I did get around to crocheting little gelt (coins) bags for my young ones. Truthfully giving gelt is really the Chanukah tradition of yore, the idea of giving presents only really snuck in on account of the Dec. 25th holiday, so I realized that the first night [...]

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Jewish Calendar II #16-Mehadrin Min Hamehadrin

Chanukah is a unique holiday in that the Gemara delineates two extra levels of hiddur mitzvah (enhancing the mitzva) when lighting the candles. The basic mitzva is for the head of the household to light one candle each night for the whole family. However, there is a level of mehadrin where each family member lights [...]

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Home Depot Partners with Chabad for Chanukah

Chanukah begins Tuesday evening, December 20, but visitors to Home Depot’s St. Louis store got an early start on the Festival of Lights last Sunday building their own, usable, take-home wood menorahs. Now in its fourth year, the Home Depot Menorah Workshop attracted a diverse crowd of 400 children and adults. Children hammered, painted and [...]

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United With Israel to Celebrate Chanukah with IDF Soldiers

United with Israel, in conjunction with the Thank Israeli Soldiers organization, will be holding its first annual IDF Chanukah party on Sunday. During the party, American and Israeli students and families will join together with Israeli soldiers and commanders at the Anatot Military Base in Pisgat Zeev, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The event will [...]

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Can you please support my darned advertisers

Chanukah is coming up and you know what that means? Yes, you have to buy Cool Judaica and funny Jewish gifts for peeps. So do me a favor and click those links and buy something so the fine folks from Pop Judaica and Modern Tribe don’t pull their ads. In all honesty, I don’t make [...]

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Two Chabad Chanukah Parties Make CBS List

Looking for something to do for Chanukah? CBS’ flagship station rated what it called the top eight holiday celebrations in New York City, and two of the parties featured by reporter Carly Sitzer are among the largest bashes hosted by local Chabad-Lubavitch centers. Chabad of the West Side’s Chanukah on Ice party, which will mark [...]

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New Musical Play Tells the Story of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu

Following the popularity of a series of books for youngsters that was published after the death of former Sephardic Chief Rabbi, HaRishon Letzion Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu of blessed memory, telling some of the many fascinating stories about his life, edited by his son, the Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu — now comes the play. Entitled [...]

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Take A Big Breath

I wish I could say I’m decorating the house and hanging blue lights and choreographing the dance program I’m supposed to teach the Shalom Schoolers. But I’m beat, so here’s nice Yenta post from a couple of years back, ‘cause tonight the only pre-Chanukah groovin’ I can muster is to lay on the sofa listening [...]

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New and Improved: A Chanukah Message

While walking through the supermarket recently I found the laundry detergent, shampoo, body soap, and even paper towels, that I have been using for years are now “new and improved.” If they were fine for the last four decades, I wondered, why do they now need to be “new and improved?” And, scarier still, what [...]

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Pop! Goes the Parody

Look, I’m no intellectual giant. I have to check every “virus alert” on Snopes.com. I follow shiny things into sewers. I bob my head to the terrible pop music I’m subjected to while driving Hebrew school carpool. And as you know, I think most Jewish holiday parodies are hilarious. Chanukah’s coming ‘round the calendar again, [...]

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A Nesting Dreidel Mobile Craft Kit

My nesting dreidel hanukkah mobile is back in my little Etsy shop! Why not get a start on your hanukkah/chanukah crafting with my pdf kit? After all you really can’t have too many decorations to fill your house with holiday joy! The mobile craft kit pdf file is available in either brights or pastels, so there’s [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 - November 30, 2011

Rabbi Yona Metzger announced the discovery of a special goose species that tastes like pork. This presented a culinary and halachic revolution, as it offered a solution that allows religious and traditional Jews to discover the taste of pork. Israeli producer Aviv Giladi is named the CEO of Icon UK, one of Hollywood’s largest production [...]

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