Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Av 20, 5775

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Chanukah is now upon us. It represents a time to tell young children the age-old story about the brave, mighty and greatly outnumbered Maccabees who saved the Jews from the cruel King Antiochus, and also about the lean, mean Greeks who sought to destroy them. The story goes on to tell how, after defeating the Greeks, the Maccabees entered the...
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(From left) Eric Floyd, Rabbi Howard Hersch, Joan Hersch and Ben James celebrate the completion of a 13-feet-by-6-inch menorah made of Legos at Congregation Brothers of Israel in Newtown. About 180 people helped build the menorah, composed of 60,000 Lego pieces provided by architect Stephen Schwartz, who travels to different congregations to set up the temporary exhibits -- topping it...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Mikeitz, Genesis 41:1-44:17 Do you recall Golda Meir's famous quip: "Why did God bring us to the only place in the Middle East without oil?" Let's think about that for a moment -- and then think Chanukah. Because no other holiday is as dominated by the oil motif as this one. The menorah is optimally lit with oil per the...
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. It's time to pull out your recipes for those special Chanukah traditions -- heaping tablespoons of friends, a pinch of shopping for the family, and plenty of candles, latkes and dreidels. But amidst the whirlwind of celebrating, how do you make Chanukah more meaningful during this season of consumerism? Harold Grinspoon, philanthropist and founder of the P.J. Library,...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1-40:23 "The only way to make a dream come true," goes the aphorism, "is to wake up." But sometimes, a dream takes time to incubate. Vayachalom Yosef chalom -- "And Joseph dreamed a dream." The salient word, which liltingly lifts itself off the page, is chalom , "dream." Joseph was distrusted because of his dreams; worse yet, he...
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