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    Menorah: Light Dispelling Darkness
    The hexagramic Star of David (Magen David) is now the predominant Jewish symbol. But it was not always thus. Until recent centuries, the menorah, representing the Temple's seven-branched candelabrum, had been its most enduring symbol. That...
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    Family craft idea: Hanukkah menorah
    The Jewish Festival of Lights starts on Dec. 16, 2014. That is less than a month away! Your family can start getting things ready for Hanukkah now by making a traditional 9-candle menorah. Remember that you do need nine candles in your Hanukkah...
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    How to make Hanukkah wrapping paper
    Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. This year, Hanukkah starts on Dec. 16 and ends Dec. 24. Each night, a new light is lit so that on the first night, one light is lit then, on the second, two are lit. This continues until all eight lights...
  • Happy Festivus on December 23
    Madison Capitol boasts a Christmas tree, menorah and Festivus pole. What?
    Wisconsin’s State Capitol has decked its halls to pay homage to multiple seasonal holidays again this year. But the 2013 display in the heart of the Badger State’s legislative activity includes one entry that may puzzle plenty of...
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    Hate crime investigation launched after menorah damaged at park in Ronkonkoma
    Detectives from the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Unit are investigating after a menorah was damaged Monday evening at a park in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County police said in a statement.The incident occurred Dec. 1 around 5:30 p.m. at the Raynor County...
  • Happy Thanksgivikah!
    Happy Thanksgivikah!
    "Pass the latkes and cranberry sauce and stuffing, please!" might be heard at the supper table today as Thanksgiving and Hanukah are sharing the spotlight this year.When most of us would typically be talking "turkey day", the...
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    Chanukah: the secret of immortality
    They won the battle, lost the war, but are still around today to light the candles. It is Jewish custom once a year to light an eight branched candelabra called a menorah, lighting one candle for each night until all eight are lit. This custom is...
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    What “shul” means to me ...
    Author's Notes: 1) My very best wishes for the "new" orthodox synagogue in "the neighborhood", Kehilat Chovevei Tzion. Led by Rabbi Shaanan Gelman, the congregation has recently opened its doors to an amazingly lovely,...
  • Hanukkah
    Holiday to Remember Dedication and a Miracle
    Hanukkah is known as the Feast of Dedication said Messianic Rabbi K.A. Schneider. Jesus celebrated the Feast of Dedication. John 10:22-23 of the Holy Bible reads, “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And...
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    Chanukkah: its history and traditions
    Chanukkah this year began on Saturday night, December 8, 2012. It lasts eight days, so the last night will be Saturday, December 15, 2012. (On the Jewish calendar, Chanukkah begins on the 25th of the month of Kislev, so the dates vary each year on...
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    Last-minute Hanukkah plans for fams
    For all those celebrating the Festival of Lights in Metro Detroit this year, the remaining six days still hold a bevy of sweets and splendor. Whether the mood strikes for a traditional Menorah lighting or you are in the market for something, well,...
  • Chanukah: celebrating triumph over oppression with traditions rich in olive oil
    Chanukah: celebrating triumph over oppression with traditions rich in olive oil
    While most non-Jews recognize Menorahs and dreidels* as symbols of Chanukah, few may realize that their significance is drenched in oil (olive oil to be more exact), including the fact that each of the dreidel’s four-sides feature one of the...
  • Hanukkah in Rego Park: Menorahs, latkes, dreidels and donuts
    Hanukkah in Rego Park: Menorahs, latkes, dreidels and donuts
    Sundown on December 8 is the beginning of the eight days of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which ends at sundown on December 16. Traditional foods are potato pancakes [latkes] and jelly donuts. The many Dunkin Donuts stores in the...
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    Chanukah, the festival of light, starts this Saturday night
    For eight nights, candles are light as a reminder that during the many years of exile, while Israel has had to contend with persecutions all over the world for all this time, the Almighty has a plan, loves us, and does miracles on our behalf.The...
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    The Hanukkah menorah; a story of light
    The most important, and most recognized Hanukkah tradition is the lighting of the candelabra, known as the menorah or hanukiyah. The Hanukkah menorah holds nine candles, eight representing the eight nights of the holiday plus the shamash. The...