Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

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Giant dreidels, life-sized Judah Maccabeecut-outs and computers loaded up with Chanukah games are coming to strip malls in Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties. Chabad Lubavitch's idea of bringing "Chanukah Wonderlands" to area malls stems from the desire to make the story of the Jewish revolt against the Syrian Greeks come alive for children during a month where all things Christmas...
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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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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
The beauty and warmth of Shabbat stretched across an entire geographic region when a monthlong community initiative "Let's Celebrate Shabbat Across Bucks County" was observed at 12 area synagogues throughout September. While each participating congregation (Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist) tailored programming to fit particular needs, the end result yielded what it had intended - the creation of family-oriented activities that...
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