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This Hanukkah choose to create your own miracles.
During Hanukkah we celebrate miracles. The miracle of a few inexperienced Maccabees defeating a huge, powerful army. The miracle of one small jar of pure oil lasting for eight days instead of one. The miracle of the survival of the Jewish people for thousands of years despite endless challenges and obstacles.
These miracles also represent a choice. A choice that Mattisyahu made when he announced, “We will fight!” A choice that the Jews made when they searched through the Temple ruins and said, “We will create light.” And a choice made by every Jew: We will go on.
Here are eight ways to turn the darkness into light.
1. Practice kindness. Go out of our way to help people. Smile often
(Continued from last week)
For the last twenty years, my mother attended a shul called the Agudath Israel of Long Island in Far Rockaway. It was there that she built a strong connection with this special kehilla and it's Rov, HaRav Yaakov Reisman, shlita.
During his hesped (eulogy) for my mother, Rabbi Reisman said that the Rebbetzin's inner strength was embodied by the posuk in Eishes Chayil. "Pia Poscha V'Chochma"- she opens her mouth in wisdom because Toras Chesed al
Everything you need to know about the holiday of Chanukah - Hanukkah.
Chanukah (Hanukkah), the Festival of Lights, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, and lasts for eight days. On the secular calendar, Chanukah generally falls out in December.
This primer will explore:
(1) A Bit of History
(2) Lighting Instructions
(3) Other Customs
(1) A Bit of History
The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication." In the 2nd century BCE, during the time of the Second Holy
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some stories about my mother that you may or may not know.
Two weeks before my mother, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis was nifteres, I paid a shiva call to a friend that had just lost his mother. The house was filled to capacity with those who came to be Menachem Ovel. My friend motioned to me to come forward as he wanted to tell me something. In a quiet voice, he told me that one of his mother's last wishes was that he contact Rebbetzin
In 1974, the United Nations passed a resolution granting observer status to the PLO. This was the first recognition of the PLO by a major political body, and was seen by many as opening the door to eventual Palestinian statehood. The UN decision came nine days after Yasser Arafat addressed the UN plenary in New York. In the speech, with a gun holster strapped to his hip, Arafat compared himself to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. By 1980, the PLO has been recognized by