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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 62 - January 9, 2013

A cache of 1,000-year-old documents written by the Jewish community in Afghanistan and unveiled in Jerusalem provides unprecedented insight into medieval Jewish community in central Asia. The collection was reportedly discovered by chance in a cave inhabited by foxes two years ago in northern Afghanistan. The dry climate of the cave preserved the papers, keeping […]

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Early Hanukkah in 2013: Jewish Calendar Fun

Whenever I’m asked if the Jewish holidays are coming early or late this year, I promptly answer that they’ll be coming on time. And that’s partially true. Rosh Hashanah will always arrive on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei just as Hanukkah will always begin on the 25th of Kislev. But the […]

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Suburban Synagogue Celebrates Building Renovation

Hanukkah celebrates the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem, so it was only fitting that the Chabad and F.R.E.E. of Niles synagogue celebrated its renovation Sunday during the last day of the holiday. For a quarter of a century, the address at 9401 Margail Ave., in an unincorporated area of Cook County near Des Plaines, […]

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Rosa Parks and Hanukkah: Why Ignorance Isn’t Always Bliss

On the Thursday night before Hanukkah began, I attended an event called A Sip of Eser, an introductory session to the ten-part young adult learning program Eser (meaning 10) run by Hebrew College in nearby Newton, MA. Amidst the tumult of a Boston bar, and alongside several dozen people I had never met, I heard […]

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National Menorah lit near White House

The US National Menorah was lit near the White House on Sunday, in a celebration which featured the US Navy Band in one of the most high-profile events in the US to mark the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, said in a statement that Hanukkah was “a time to celebrate the faith […]

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Hanukkah Message Prompts Speculations of ‘Obamannukah’

President Barack Obama released his yearly message Friday, wishing Jewish people around the world a happy Hanukkah. “Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world,” the president says in his 2012 statement. “This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate […]

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Obama Wishes Jewish Community Happy Hanukkah

The Obama family wished the global Jewish community a “chag sameach” for the start of Hanukkah, which begins Saturday night. In addition to his Hebrew happy holiday wishes, US President Barack Obama also spoke of Hanukkah’s historic and religious significance in a statement sent out Friday evening. “This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story […]

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Gorging Yourself on Cheap, Coin-Shaped Candy? You Are SO Better Than That

Chanukkah (or however the heck you spell it) is a time of lighting the menorah, recounting yet another story of the resilience of the Jewish people, and celebrating miracles both great and small. It’s also a time of eating things you wouldn’t dare touch the rest of the year, letting your standards slide, and finding […]

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Miami Vandals Try to Extinguish Light of Hanukkah

A giant menorah and dreidel in Miami, both of which are artistically and aesthetically covered in seashells, were vandalized over the weekend, in an unsuccessful attempt to spoil the Hanukkah spirit of light, hope and faith. Unidentified vandals attempted to turn the large Chabad Hanukkah display on Lincoln Road into a symbol of hate, scrawling the words “you killed […]

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Brooklyn Toy Store Brings Hanukkah Early to Sandy-Affected Children

Hanukkah came early for children in Brooklyn after a toy store in Borough Park handed out more than $10,000 worth of toys to those affected by superstorm Sandy. Yonasan Schwartz, the owner of Toys to Discover on 18th Avenue in the heavily Jewish area of the New York borough, gave out more than 600 packages […]

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Jewish Women Inspire during Women’s History Month

Last Hanukkah, the we celebrated the women who light up our lives (video). Now, during Women’s History Month, we have continued the project by creating a place where you can tell us about a woman who lights up YOUR life. Jewish Women Inspire, an ultra-sharable blog hosted on Tumblr, is a place where we can […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 11 January 4, 2012

Bad news for Jewish day school advocates during the month of December. According to the Avi Chai Foundation, day school enrollment saw a “modest decline” of about 1.4% in the 2011-12 school year, compared with the year before. The sharpest decline was reported among the Solomon Schechter schools of Conservative Judaism, which experienced a 3.8% […]

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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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Candlestick Park Lacks Light Before Hanukkah

Irony. On the night before Hanukkah, tonight’s Monday Night Football game was delayed because there was no light in Candlestick Park in San Francisco. As if it’s not funny enough that a stadium named Candlestick had no electricity, it brings to mind the story of Hanukkah. Perhaps if they could just find enough electricity at […]

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Happy Archetypal Hanukkah

Whose holiday is Hanukkah? In the mode of examination that we use in our book, “God’s Favorite Prayers,” we answered that it is the “priest’s” festival. The holiday prayer, “And for the miracles…” recounts a narrative of historical figures who serve as “avatars of the priestly archetype”. In fact, we explain there, “The Hanukkah narrative […]

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Teaneck Kosher Wine Store Extraordinaire: Queen Anne Wine and Spirit Emporium

Admittedly, the closest I’ve come to celebrating Hanukkah is watching Adam Sandler in “Eight Crazy Nights.” I am a Christmas-observing Catholic, one who’s never experienced the Festival of Lights in his home, but I’m also a wine enthusiast. And wine, like love, is a beautiful language that knows no boundaries. It doesn’t discriminate or separate. […]

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Arsonists Destroy Florida Jewish Bookstore

A raging fire set by anti-Semitic arsonists destroyed $100,000 worth of holy objects in a Florida Jewish bookstore. A surveillance camera disclosed that just before the fire broke out, several people were seen running away from the South Florida Judaica store, which was stocked with items for sale for Hanukkah. Firefighting officials said they are […]

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Nope, No Big Xmas Plans

Isn’t the holiday season wonderful? Don’t you just love the beauty of it all? Or actually don’t you secretly hate it and feel empty inside whenever you hear people singing Jingle Bells? Maybe it’s just me, but I always get the feeling that those are the only two options. You can love Christmas/Hanukkah/New Years and […]

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What’s your beef with Sarah Silverman?

Sarah Silverman appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien last Friday and shared an important message about vaginal health with the women of America, among other things. She mentioned meeting some women who work at Ms. who gave her a “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt, which she mocked at first but then […]

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The Maccabees: A Story of Faith and Courage

For thousands of years now, we have been celebrating Hanukkah. We decorate our house with Jewish symbols like dreidel, the menorah and the Star of David. We make our Hanukkah shopping list, wrap our gifts and give tzedakah. We greet people a “Happy Hanukkah,” light our menorah, say blessings and enjoy the festive Hanukkah dinner […]

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Hanukkah Safety in the Kitchen

Hanukkah is a time when people are busy preparing foods for Hanukkah. Here are a few safety tips as you cook your favorite Hanukkah meals: Make sure that your kitchen is free from all fire hazards like kitchen curtain, candles, matches, paper goods and dish towels. Never leave your stove unattended when cooking. Keep hot […]

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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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Hanukkah is family time!

Hanukkah is one of the widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the world. Hanukkah is a time to spend time with the family. This Jewish holiday is also a time to share your blessings and to show generosity. Hanukkah is a great time to show people you love the most how important they are to you.  […]

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How Do You Spell Hanukkah?

The #1 question during Hanukkah is: What is the correct way to spell the name of this holiday? Since it’s a Hebrew word that is transliterated into English, there are several acceptable spellings. But people still want to know if there is a consensus. A non-profit theater company in California, the North Coast Repertory Theatre, even performed […]

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The Eight Days of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights is a popular Jewish festival celebrated for eight days. The celebration starts on the 25th day of the month of Kislev and lasts for eight days. We observe Hanukkah to commemorate the triumph of Jewish people against Greek oppressors. Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf in his article on aish.com […]

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Celebrating Zot Hanukkah

Celebrating Zot Hanukkah

The last day of Hanukkah also known as Zot Hanukkah is considered by some Jews as the most significant. Here’s how you can celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah: Light all eight candles on the last night of Hanukkah. Light the candles from right to left. Say the two Hanukkah blessings. Discuss the significance of […]

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Guidelines in Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah

Lighting the Hanukkah menorah is part of Jewish tradition. Here are a some guidelines you need to know before lighting a menorah at home: It is most ideal for the Hanukkah to be placed outside the main door where everyone can see it to show everyone the miracle of Hanukkah. The menorah should be positioned […]

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The Hanukkah Bush and Jewish Traditions

Modern Jewish families have included Hanukkah bush in their holiday decorations. A Hanukkah bush is basically a tree adorned and displayed in some Jewish homes during Hanukkah.  Often identified as a variation of the Christmas tree, the significance of displaying the Hanukkah bush has often been the subject of debates. Displaying Hanukkah bushes are generally […]

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Purchasing Your Menorah for Hanukkah

The menorah is the basic religious symbol of Hanukkah. There are many speculations as to how the use of menorah started. Some people believe that the menorah is a symbol taken from the idea of the burning bush that Moses witnessed on the mountain of Sinai. Others say that the menorah symbolizes the seven planetary […]

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Hanukkah and the City: Celebrating Hanukkah in New York

New York has one of the largest Jewish populations in America so Hanukkah celebrations are always grand. New Yorkers have different ways of celebrating Hanukkah. Some people follow the traditional way of observing Hanukkah while some spend the night in a modern way. From Hanukkah parties to public lighting of Hanukkah menorahs, New York has […]

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