Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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When Leslie and Michael Molder decided to take their two children on a trip to Israel, they purposely chose to do it during the month of December. "Since Christmas [in America] starts after Halloween, a few months of Christmas is a lot for our kids," said Leslie Molder, who will be one of some 90 people on a 12-day tour...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Soon, the floor at Temple Emanuel will turn into a sea of dreidels as the Cherry Hill, N.J., synagogue attempts to break the world record for the number of them spinning at the same time. The current record stands at 535 people simultaneously spinning dreidels, a feat accomplished by the University of Maryland Hillel in 1999. "The kids at the...
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Our tradition offers up contradictory reasons regarding why Chanukah is celebrated for eight days. The Mishnah (the Oral Law - written down in the beginning of the third century C.E.) states that the holiday is celebrated because of the miracle of the oil. Yet the book of Maccabees - the account written by those who participated in the rebellion against...
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According to legend, Jewish freedom-fighters holding secret meetings while plotting against the Syrians, pretended they were merely gambling. Back then, people gambled with a top - called a dreidel in Yiddish - spinning it and letting it fall to see what letter appeared on top. That is why we play dreidel games at Chanukah; it's also why we hand out...
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Gail Naron Chalew, JE Feature
In the first weeks after Katrina, when my husband and I would worry out loud about our home or our "stuff," our 14-year-old son would admonish us, "Look, you are so much better off than those people in the Superdome. You shouldn't feel sorry for yourself." And he was right. We evacuated without enduring suffering, my husband still had his...
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