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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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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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Have a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews. Christmas is celebrated by Christians. But what about interfaith families? Combining holiday traditions is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. This is a good way to unite family members of different religious traditions. Decorate both for Christmas and Hanukkah. Prepare the Hanukkah menorah and light it during the [...]

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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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Introduce Hanukkah into Your Classroom

The month of December is generally related to the Christian celebration of Christmas. Probably because of the large population of Christians in the world, Hanukkah celebrations especially in Canada and the United States often involve Christmas traditions. Many rabbis argue that incorporating Christmas practices into the celebration of Hanukkah give many Jews confusion on why [...]

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Hanukkah Scrapbook Making

Hanukkah is a time for family gatherings and endless parties. It is during this time of the year that Jewish traditions are celebrated with family and friends. Hanukkah is a once-a-year affair but the memory will last a lifetime. Keep the memories of your Hanukkah celebration by making your very own Hanukkah-inspired scrapbook. For this [...]

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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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How to Organize a Hanukkah Children’s Party

Hanukkah is a celebration of our Jewish heritage. It is a holiday that is often combined with modern traditions that sometimes its real essence is neglected. Explaining to children the essence of Hanukkah is important. For them to truly appreciate Hanukkah and their Jewish heritage, we have to explain to them what Hanukkah is and [...]

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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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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 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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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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Set up your Menorah

Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and last for eight days. In 2010, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st and ends on December 9th.T here are many customs and traditions which are followed in the celebration of the Hanukkah holiday, and one of the most important parts of celebrating this [...]

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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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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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Setting Up the Hanukkah Menorah

Lighting the Menorah is a Jewish custom that is observed during Hanukkah. Setting up the Hanukkah Menorah is one of the many traditions followed in celebration of this festive season. Here are some tips in setting up the Hanukkah Menorah. The Menorah is traditionally set outside the front door of your home. Nowadays, you can [...]

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Tips on Hosting a Great Hanukkah Party

Hanukkah is the perfect time to host a party for your family and friends.  People gather during this time of the year to enjoy the festive meal, exchange gifts, recite blessings and to light the Hanukkah Menorah. Hosting a Hanukkah party is as easy as 1..2..3.. with these party planning tips. Hanukkah is a celebration [...]

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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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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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Best of the Celebrate Series

by Various Celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions with this 2 Disc, 33 song treasure of award-winning music. From Hanukkah to Passover, Shabbat to Yiddish, Klezmer to Rock ‘N Roll, this is indeed the best of the Celebrate Series. Label: Craig ‘n Co, 2006

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Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah?

The Essential Scoop on Raising Modern Jewish Kidsby Sharon Dukes Estroff, M.A.T. How do you help your child choose between mandatory baseball practice and Hebrew school? How can you plan a birthday party (not to mention a bar or bat mitzvah party!) for your child without sacrificing your values, sanity, and pocketbook?’ How can you [...]

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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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The Everything Kids’ Hanukkah Puzzle & Activity Book:

Games, Crafts, Trivia, Songs, and Traditions to Celebrate the Festival of Lights!by Beth L. Blair and Jennifer A. Ericsson Kids love holidays, especially Hanukkah, which is celebrated for eight dazzling nights. From the lighting of the menorah to the blessings and all the tradition in between, kids are mesmerized by the magic of this celebration. [...]

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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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Lights, Celebrate Hanukkah Live in Concert

Craig Taubman, Various Artists Filmed before a live audience at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, Lights is a concert celebration of Hanukkah featuring some of the most beloved and exciting Jewish artists in the world. Representing a wide array of musical styles from cantorial to rock ‘n roll, Sephardic to folk [...]

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