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Torah and Hanukkah Unite Reps. Cantor and Shultz

Torah and the Hanukkah holiday combined their strength to bring together rival Congressmen Eric Cantor and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for completion of a “unity” Torah scroll sponsored by El Al Airlines. El Al initiated the “Torah Scroll for Israel Unity” last year. The Torah scroll will be flown on special flights of national and historic significance […]

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Chabad-Lubavitch Brings Hanukkah Message to Prime Minister

A delegation of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries led by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Aharonov, chairman of the Chassidic movement in Israel, shared the spirit of Hanukkah this week in a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government officials. The delegation, which included Rabbi Shai Chervinsky and Rabbi Moshe Carmel, presented the prime minister with a scale […]

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Lithuanian Rabbis Reject Civil Service

Senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis are calling on their followers not to cooperate with the new plan to draft 1,300 yeshiva students into civil service, while slamming the government for offering advanced programs aimed at tempting them to abandon their Torah studies. Under the title, “To make them forget your Torah” (from the Hanukkah prayer), haredi Lithuanian […]

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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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Olim light up Israel in time for Hanukkah

Seventy-six new immigrants from North America infused Israel with the light of Zionism by celebrating the first night of Hanukkah has new Israeli citizens. The newcomers arrived Tuesday morning at Ben-Gurion Airport on a Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flight organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish Agency. Andrew Marx, 41, from […]

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Israeli city to enact gender segregations at some municipal Hanukkah shows

Some Petah Tikva parents have complained that a city-sponsored Hanukkah show at the municipal performing arts center will not have mixed seating for boys and girls. One of three performances of “Moti Halamotai,” which is geared to children from age 4, is to be presented with the separate seating and is being publicized as such. […]

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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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Is a Menorah Just Lights?

All religious symbols are multivalent,  possessing more than one meaning, or none at all. Even in the case of the most explicit representation, there’s always the option to claim that it’s “art” or “decoration” and shrug it off. But that’s not fair because cultural context does impose standard meanings. A while back we looked at […]

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Flowers for Hanukkah

Have you been invited to a Hanukkah dinner? Are you thinking of a great Hanukkah present for the dinner host? Aside from wine and fruits, flowers make a good Hanukkah present. Flower arrangements in different colors are sure to delight your host and add vibrance to your Hanukkah celebration. Determine how much you are willing […]

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Creamy Broccoli and Mushroom Pie for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is celebrated with festive meals shared by families and friends. Traditional Hanukkah foods like latkes and sufganiyot are always present in our Hanukkah table. In addition to these traditional foods we can also serve a creamy Hanukkah broccoli and mushroom pie. Preparing for this delicious treat is easy and simple. Here’s how: To make […]

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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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A Hanukkah Crocheted Border Bunting Banner!

If you really don’t care for vintage-kitsch-inspired crafting, so just avert your eyes now and continue on your merry way. But, if you’re like me, and love to try your hand at bringing some of those crafts from the past into the present, well my friends, feast your eyes! And really, if you haven’t started […]

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The Hanukkah Menorah

The Hanukkah menorah is the primary symbol of the Hanukkah holiday. The menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum. The Hebrew word menorah means “lamp.” In Modern Hebrew, Hanukkah menorah is called “chanukkiyah.” Each of the candles in the candelabra represents each night of the Hanukkah. The ninth branch, known as the Shamash is the candle used […]

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Jewish heroine of Hanukkah

Aside from the story of Judah Maccabees, the rededication of the temple and the miracle of the oil, a lesser known story tell of charming and beautiful widow, Judith. She was the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, father of the Hasmonean family who saved her village town of Bethulia, in the land of Judea […]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah is a great Jewish religious event and it gets a lot of attention, especially because of its timing around Christmas season. Hard to believe, even with its popularity, Hanukkah is one of the less important holidays in the Jewish calendar, but nonetheless, it’s still a significant time of year, where it is associated with […]

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Lighting an Oil-Based Menorah for Hanukkah

Although many people use candles to light a Hanukkah menorah, using lamps with oil and floating wicks is still considered more traditional since the ancient Jews originally used oil to light the lamp in the Temple for eight days which is the basis for the holiday. Prepare the menorah you will use for the lighting […]

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The Origin of Dreidel

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top usually played during the holiday of Hanukkah. Each side of the dreidel has a Hebrew symbol which forms the rules of the game. Children would usually play dreidel in exchange for a pot of chocolate gelt covered in gold or silver foil or candies and other sweet treats. […]

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Hanukkah Driedel

The driedel is one of the best representations of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. It is this time of year that Jews around the world celebrate their triumph over persecution and remembering a miracle that happened a long time ago. Dreidel is a Yiddish word that comes from the German word drehen, which means to […]

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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 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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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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Lighting the Menorah for Hanukkah

Lighting the Menorah is a primary ritual done during the celebration of Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. A Hanukkah Menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches. It is mitzvah (commanded by God) to light a Hanukkah Menorah each night for 8 days to recollect the Maccabees’ victory and the sacred oil that lit for […]

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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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Celebrating the Jewish Holidays

Poems, Stories, EssaysEdited by Steven J. Rubin Celebrating the Jewish Holidays is a comprehensive collection of Jewish writing pertaining to the six most celebrated Jewish holidays (Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover). This impressive volume brings together literature from eastern and western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America, and […]

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Jewish Art

by Grace Cohen Grossman Superbly illustrated, Jewish Art presents a sweeping panorama of three thousand years of artistic creativity accompanied by informative and thought-provoking text. More than 300 stunning full-color reproductions map an extraordinary odyssey that has traversed the globe. Jewish Art’s richly detailed text provides historical, social, and religious background that places these remarkable […]

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Masterworks of The Jewish Museum

Edited by Maurice Berger and Joan Rosenbaum This beautifully illustrated book explores the culture, history, and beliefs of the Jewish people by presenting an extraordinary selection of works from the collection of The Jewish Museum, New York. Ranging from antiquity to the present day, these artworks and ritual objects include a fourth-century glass vessel and […]

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Sammy Spider’s Hanukkah Fun Book

by Sylvia A. RoussIllustrated by: Katherine Janus KahnPart of the ‘Sammy Spider’s First . . .’ series. Ages 3-8 An activity book chock full of rhymes, with mazes, matching, dot-to-dot, pages to color and more! The best Hanukkah present for Sammy Spider fans.(32 Pages) 8.5′x11′ Publisher: Kar-Ben, 2001

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The Energizing Hanukkah Story for Children

Keeps dreidles spinning and spinning and ….by Chaim MazoIllustrated by: Don Channen Ages 8-11 The story of Hanukkah presented in a format combining storytelling and games. Find the zany Passover characters that fill each full color spread. They’re well hidden among olive groves, latke chefs, elephant tanks and more. Bright and breezy, it guarantees hours […]

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A Chanukkah Present

Ages 8-12 Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature, A Hanukkah Present is a collection of eleven multigenerational tales and a novella. Whether you spell it with an H or a Ch, these stories will be enjoyed by families of every background. Learn the origin of ‘The Chanukah Present’ Written by award-winning […]

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Jewish Art

by Grace Cohen Grossman Superbly illustrated, Jewish Art presents a sweeping panorama of three thousand years of artistic creativity accompanied by informative and thought-provoking text. More than 300 stunning full-color reproductions map an extraordinary odyssey that has traversed the globe. Jewish Art’s richly detailed text provides historical, social, and religious background that places these remarkable […]

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