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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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Hanukkah and Generosity

Hanukkah is a time of giving. It is during this time of the year that we give gifts to friends and share our blessings to our favorite charity. You don’t have to go far if you want to show generosity and share your blessings this holiday season. You can start your good deed within your [...]

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Feliz Hanukkah! Celebrating Hanukkah in Argentina

Hanukkah is celebrated by all Jews around the world. In North America and Europe, Hanukkah is usually celebrated during winter time. In Argentina, however, Hanukkah is celebrated during summer. Here’s how you can celebrate Hanukkah in Argentina: There are a number of kosher restaurants in Argentina so you can celebrate a sumptuous Hanukkah meal with [...]

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Hanukkah Gifts for Mom and Dad

Hanukkah is a popular gift-giving holiday. It is during this time when parents prepare special gifts for their children. As we celebrate Hanukkah this year, why not return the favor and give a memorable gift to your parents that are sure to paint smile on their faces. Here are some tips in choosing a good [...]

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Greet Your Loved Ones by Sending Hanukkah Cards

Aside from giving gifts, sending greeting cards during Hanukkah is also a thoughtful way to show your loved ones how much you care. Hanukkah for this year starts from December 1 to 9, 2010. Make sure that you send out your Hanukkah card in time so that it will arrive to the recipient within the [...]

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Finding a Judaica Store Selling Hanukkah Gift Items

Hanukkah is a time of gift-giving and those who want to stick to Jewish traditions choose to give Jewish items bought from Judaica stores. Looking for the perfect Jewish gift can be difficult especially if you do not have any idea where to buy one. If you are new in a place get directions to [...]

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Hanukkah Gift Giving

Hanukkah gets a lot of attention, and has become so centered and almost focused around gifts. Many Jews have expanded the gelt giving tradition to a gift giving tradition, especially because of its timing and proximity around Christmas season. Gift giving is a well kept tradition in Christmas and celebrating it without gifts is like [...]

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Hanukkah: A Family Celebration

Hanukkah is not just a great time to remember God and appreciate all the blessings he has given us but is also a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with our family. There are many activities that the family can do during Hanukkah. Even the basic Hanukkah traditions like lighting the candles and saying the [...]

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The Story of Hanukkah Gelt

Gelt is a Yiddish word which if translated means “money.” Hanukkah gelt is distributed to children during Hanukkah celebrations. Grandparents would usually give gelt in amounts of small coins. In Israel, gelt is known as dmei Hanukkah. Legend has it that the Hasmoneans minted national coins to celebrate their freedom from the ancient Greeks. It [...]

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How Hanukkah Came About

Chanukah or Hanukkah is one of the biggest Jewish celebrations. It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. Chanukah is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev based on the Hebrew calendar. This is around November to December on the Gregorian calendar).  The Hebrew [...]

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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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Gift-Giving Guide for Hanukkah

In old times, a gelt or a small amount of money was given to children during Hanukkah. Nowadays, many Jews have expanded the gelt-giving tradition to gift-giving. This is probably due to the fact that both Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated the same time each year. These days, gift-giving is no longer restricted to kids. [...]

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Observing the Eighth Night of Hanukkah

Many Jews consider the 8th night of Hanukkah as the most significant. It is during this night that Jews greet each other with “Gmar chatimah tovah,” or “may you be sealed totally for good.”  Below are some tips to observe during Zot Hanukkah. All eight candles of the Menorah should shine brightly. Light the chanukiah [...]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of [...]

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Hanukkah (Chanukah)

When most people think of Jewish holidays, Hanukkah (Chanukah) is the first holiday that comes to mind. In reality, this holiday is not religious and is probably one of the least important Jewish celebrations. Its popularity, no doubt, comes from being so close to the Christian celebration of Christmas on the calendar. Regardless, many Jewish [...]

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The History of Chanukah

The history of Chanukah, otherwise known as Hanukkah dates back more than 2,000 years ago, where the Jewish people were living under the oppressive regime of the Syrian ruler Antiochus Ephipanes IV. Antiochus IV was the successor of Seleucus one of the Generals of Alexander the Great. Antiochus IV was rather the opposite of Alexander [...]

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When is Chanukah?

Chanukah (Hanukkah) was founded in commemoration of the fight against assimilation that dates back 22 centuries ago. It is also in honour of the Jewish resistance against Antiochus IV, a Syrian-Greek monarchs who rein the Northern division of Alexander the Great’s fallen empire. Unlike Alexander the Great who had been respectful of the monotheistic religion [...]

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The Uninvited Guest

And Other Jewish Holiday Talesby Nina JaffeIllustrated by: Elivia Ages 8-11 A beautiful collection of charming folk tales about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and the Sabbath. These memorable tales come from different lands and different cultures for children and adults to share and savor as they are passed down from generation [...]

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