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  • Making the Festival of Lights meaningful and spiritual
    Chanukah candles shouldn't leave you in the dark
    The observance of Chanukah revolves around the lighting of candles in the menorah, or chanukiah, often Jews find themselves in the dark when it comes to making this holiday meaningful and spiritual. Much like Christmas, Chanukah has become a...
  • Al ha nissim
    G-d is on the side of the "good guys", right?
    Erev Hanukkah (5775) inside the Beis Medrash of Congregation Kesser Maariv, Skokie, IL.Our Sages of Blessed Memory (Chazal) instituted the recitation of an additional prayer named after its first four words to be recited only on Purim and Chanukah...
  • Eight new nonfiction gift books for Hanukkah's eight nights Dec. 16-24
    Eight new nonfiction gift books for Hanukkah's eight nights Dec. 16-24
    Here's my selection of eight new nonfiction books for the eight days of Hanukkah (Chanukah), the Jewish Festival of Lights, beginning tomorrow at sundown through Dec. 24.These are only eight of this year's numerous illuminating books by...
  • One light one love
    Place in mind
    Concept the place and mind might be a new one for you. When we speak about place it does not refer her to a physical location. Place is a meeting point of reference that shows us where our thoughts are moving to and where they are coming from.Now...
  • Denver Mourns Israeli Terror Victim Dalya Lemkus
    Denver Jewish community mourns Israeli terror victim Dalya Lemkus, 26
    There is rarely much separation between terror victims in Israel and loved ones here in Colorado.Scan the gory headlines from over there, and you’ll likely find an affected family or close friend living in our midst.So it is with Dalya...
  • A Jehovah's Witness sign
    The Funny Thing About Jehovah
    A little while back I encountered a Jehovah's Witness (Note that I have no idea how common or uncommon this attitude is among JWs, the guy I met just happened to be one) who asserted that it was disrespectful and unGodly for many modern...
  • Finding the patterns above and within
    The numbers of thought
    Three is an interesting number. It contains two in opposition to each other and one to resolve all differences. You could call the number three the deliberation of choice. Two go back and forth with the possibilities while one chooses and moves on...
  • HEBREWS
    Book of Hebrews: Chapter 10 (Part 2)
    Confidence to draw near to God (Hebrews 10:19-25)Verse 19Confidence. Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may have mercy and find grace to help in the time of need." Confidence and...
  • Jewish women to become prostitutes for military
    Jew(ess)
    Author's NoteDr. Karl Radl, a self-described "national socialist”(nazi) represents a pernicious strain of Jew-hatred. For those who may have missed this history lesson,"nazi" is an abbreviation of "...
  • The Root of Controversy
    Is the chasing of racism truly the pursuit of justice?
    Growing up in the fifties and the sixties, I was raised watching the Wild West on television and at the movies. A common theme in those entertainments was the protection of the wrongly accused from lynch mobs.The question facing modern America is...
  • Eternal Reflection
    We have an eternal choice
    There is only one. This applies to concept, reality and the expression of all that is. Beginning with our thoughts we can see how their appearance may seem to be random. This random nature of thought is however, illusory. Thought comes in response...
  • East Side Kosher Deli honored with Pillars of the Colorado Jewish Community award
    Deli owners Marcy & Michael Schreiber named ‘Pillars' of the Jewish Community
    After 17 years as the tireless proprietors of Colorado’s East Side Kosher Deli, Marcy and Michael Schreiber have sold their business and are planning to relocate to New York next spring to be closer to their family.The Deli, located at 499 S...
  • Portraits Make Great Chanukah Gifts
    Photography by Avital now offering Chanukah gift cards
    A popular Denver-Boulder area professional portrait service, Photography by Avital, is now offering Chanukah gift cards just in time for the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins this year at sundown on Tuesday, December 16th....
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    Chicago Sketches, a treasure-trove of stories-a review by Alan D. Busch
    Chicago Sketches by author Richard ReederLeonid Osseny, illustratorReviewed by Alan D. BuschJust recently, I reconnected with Richard Reeder, an old friend from years ago with whom I used to teach "Sunday School" at Emanuel Congregation,...
  • hebrews
    Book of Hebrews: Chapter 10 (Part 1)
    The thought from chapter 9 continues: Jesus is the better sacrifice. Keep in mind there were no chapters or verses in the original text. They were added later to aide the readers.Verse 2The subject of the conscienceagain broughtinto light in this...