Chanukah

Rabbi Steven Rein: A U.S. Air Force Chaplain On Chanukah And The Morality Of War

12/10/2012

Serving our country as a chaplain is, in many respects, about living with a great tension. Chaplains serve as visible reminders of the holy – the antithesis to war and conflict. Yet the very people I serve and the uniform I wear represents the harsh reality of battles and self-sacrifice, even if in the pursuit of freedom and liberty. Indeed, both to the soldiers I counsel and my congregants at Park Avenue Synagogue, I have long sought to reconcile our desire to pursue peace, in full knowledge that, as Ecclesiastes states: “There is a time for war.”

Rabbi Steven Rein

Eight Days Of Chanukah Videos: Day 2

Naomi Less and Glenn Grossman: 8 Nights

Our first annual list of eight best Chanukah videos continues on Day 2 with this 2011 offering from Naomi Less and Glenn Grossman of Brookyn about seeing miracles in the people you love. This video, produced by Andrea Ausztrics features images of social entrepreneurs from the ROI Community around the globe who responded and sent in photos that represent the themes of the song.

ROI (return on investment) Community helped make this video possible.

It's Beginning To Look A Like Chanukah

8 Nights Of Chanukah A Capella Mashup

Get into the pre-Chanukah spirit with this video produced by Jordan Gorfinkel, creator of the Everything's Relative comic strip featured in The Jewish Week!

The Nine Nights Of Chanukah

12/04/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:10 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8
Havdalah: 5:13 p.m.

There’s a famous question posed by the Bais Yosef as to why we celebrate Chanukah for eight days and not seven, as the flask of oil the Maccabees found had enough to last one day, so the miracle was really only for the  seven days after that.

Rabbi Zev Brenner

Paradise By The Chanukiah Light

11/30/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

There’s a little 6-year-old Marci that is bouncing up and down at the thought of Chanukah approaching.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

A Purl Of An Idea

08/29/2012
Staff Writer

Have you ever wanted to attend a party in December wearing a sweater that bears large dreidels or Jewish star or the design of a chasidic snowman?

If so, you have only a few days left to make it happen.

Gut yom tov, Santa.

Jewish Values Survey: Social Justice Is Central; Obama At 62 Percent

04/03/2012
Staff Writer

A majority of American Jews are welcoming of immigrants, favorably disposed towards American Muslims, support legalizing same-sex marriage, favor legal abortions and oppose overturning the recent health care law, according to a Jewish Values Survey released Tuesday.

It is perhaps no wonder then that the campaigns of this year’s Republican presidential candidates have had little resonance with most American Jews.

How Do You Spell Hanukkah?

The #1 question during Hanukkah is: What is the correct way to spell the name of this holiday? As I blogged about last year, "Since it's a Hebrew word that is transliterated into English, there are several acceptable spellings. But people still want to know if there is a consensus."

There are so many spellings of Hanukkah. Which one's the most common?

Have Yourself a Hitchensonian Chanukah

I’m sure Christopher Hitchens would have no problem with me, an admirer, taking him to task for a shoddy piece he wrote about Chanukah a few years ago in Slate.  Hitchens, the eloquent atheist and polemicist, who died last week, at 62, had no problem with criticism.

J-Care and Project Ezra Hanukkah Package Delivery

Birthright Israel alumni deliver food packages and Chanukah cheer to elderly residents of the Lower East Side.

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