Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
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Rabbi Eric Rosin
Vayechi, Genesis 47:28-50:26 The power of ritual may rest on specific words or particular actions, but the essence of ritual's value is its ability to transform mundane moments into sacred time. One of the most powerful family rituals in our tradition takes place each week before Shabbat dinner, when, in the light of the candles, parents lay their hands upon...
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Rabbi Joshua Waxman
Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27 Chanukah is much anticipated in my house, as in so many other homes -- the gathering of family, lighting the candles with prayers and songs and, of course, telling the ancient story of the miracle of Chanukah. This story reassures us with its promise of light in the face of darkness, but it also raises a challenge...
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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
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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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
VAYISHLACH, Genesis 37:1-40:23 It's a very interesting fact. The street signs in Israel are chock-full of some of the most seminal events and personalities in the 3,500-year drama of the Jewish journey. Indeed, one could learn so much of the unfolding drama of our people by reflecting on what is recorded on them. Stroll along Jerusalem's King George Street, and...
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