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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 60 - December 12, 2012

A Jewish cultural and religious center will be opened in the city of Trancoso the first of its kind in Portugal in more than 500 years. The Isaac Cardoso Center for Jewish Interpretation will include an exhibition about the Jewish history of Portugal and the renewal of Jewish life in the region in recent years. […]

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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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Jews Around the World Usher in Hanukkah

Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression. In Israel, families gathered after sundown for the lighting, eating traditional snacks of potato pancakes and doughnuts and exchanging gifts. Local officials lit candles set up in public places, while families […]

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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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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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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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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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Game Ideas for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a time for countless parties. Family and friends gather together to celebrate the season. Hanukkah party often involves playing traditional games to honor Jewish heritage. There are also modern games that have been embraced by Jewish families and have ever since been a part of Hanukkah celebration. Hanukkah is not complete without playing […]

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Hanukkah: Remembering the Past

The annual festival of the Jewish people Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited and popular events in the Jewish culture. The festival is celebrated for eight straight days in December or late November as per the Gregorian calendar which begins on 25th of the month of Kislev, […]

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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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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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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. […]

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Hanukkah Blessings

Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria thousands of years ago. It came with the famous story of the miraculous jar of oil that should have lasted for a day, but burned for eight days. How to Recite the Three Hanukkah […]

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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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Tips in Decorating for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an important Jewish holiday. It is the time when Jews commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp that burned for eight days. All Jewish families celebrate this holiday and decorate their homes. Some basic Hanukkah decorations are the Menorah and dreidel. Below are additional decorating ideas to give your […]

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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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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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Luminous Art

Hanukkah Menorahs of The Jewish Museumby Susan Braunstein A magnificent array of Hanukkah menorahs and lamps that shed light on the Jewish traditions that produced them. As their diversity and beauty attest, Hanukkah lamps are singularly important as a form of ceremonial art and are among Judaisms best-loved traditional objects. This superbly illustrated book showcases […]

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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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Luminous Art

Hanukkah Menorahs of The Jewish Museumby Susan Braunstein A magnificent array of Hanukkah menorahs and lamps that shed light on the Jewish traditions that produced them. As their diversity and beauty attest, Hanukkah lamps are singularly important as a form of ceremonial art and are among Judaism抯 best-loved traditional objects. This superbly illustrated book showcases […]

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Eight Lights for Eight Nights

A Hanukkah Story and Activity Book and Ann KoffskyIllustrated by: Ann Koffsky Ages 4-7, 8-11 Here is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated book to help inspire children celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights, while also telling the fascinating story and traditions connected with this festive holiday. The books first part tells the story, taken from The […]

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Eight Lights for Eight Nights

A Hanukkah Story and Activity Book and Ann KoffskyIllustrated by: Ann Koffsky Ages 4-7, 8-11 Here is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated book to help inspire children celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights, while also telling the fascinating story and traditions connected with this festive holiday. The books first part tells the story, taken from The […]

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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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Luminous Art

Hanukkah Menorahs of The Jewish Museumby Susan Braunstein A magnificent array of Hanukkah menorahs and lamps that shed light on the Jewish traditions that produced them. As their diversity and beauty attest, Hanukkah lamps are singularly important as a form of ceremonial art and are among Judaisms best-loved traditional objects. This superbly illustrated book showcases […]

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Chanukkiyah and for Shabbat

Jerusalem Chanukkiyah and Shabbat Candle holder by Yair Emanuel. This item will be used altogether as a Chanukkiyah and as a Shabbat Candle Holder. It can be transformed easily from a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah (see big photo) to a Shabbat Candle Holder holding 2 candle sticks (see small photo). […]

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Chanukkiyah and for Shabbat

Jerusalem Chanukkiyah and Shabbat Candle holder by Yair Emanuel. This item will be used altogether as a Chanukkiyah and as a Shabbat Candle Holder. It can be transformed easily from a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah (see big photo) to a Shabbat Candle Holder holding 2 candle sticks (see small photo). […]

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Chanukkiyah and for Shabbat

Jerusalem Chanukkiyah and Shabbat Candle holder by Yair Emanuel. This item will be used altogether as a Chanukkiyah and as a Shabbat Candle Holder. It can be transformed easily from a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah (see big photo) to a Shabbat Candle Holder holding 2 candle sticks (see small photo). […]

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Chanukkiyah and for Shabbat

Jerusalem Chanukkiyah and Shabbat Candle holder by Yair Emanuel. This item will be used altogether as a Chanukkiyah and as a Shabbat Candle Holder. It can be transformed easily from a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah (see big photo) to a Shabbat Candle Holder holding 2 candle sticks (see small photo). […]

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Davka Classic Game Pack II

Davka Classic Game Pack II consists of the best Davka games of all time all on one CD! Install them on your hard drive for hours of good fun. Here’s what’s included: Hebrew Game TimeTake 300 modern Hebrew words, toss in a liberal dose of sound effects, mix in some old-fashioned game-enhancing features like timers, […]

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