Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

And cheese, too, since it played a significant part in the lore of Chanukah
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Sybil Kaplan, JTA
Latkes and sufganiyot, the jelly-filled doughnuts especially popular in Israel, are well-known Chanukah fare made with oil to signify the holiday tale.
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
The festive holiday of Chanukah lasts eight days -- even here in Israel, where some of the holidays are short a day. And it's a good thing, too, for we have eight days in which to light candles every night and show thanks for the Jews' miraculous victory over the Greeks.
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Vayishlach, Genesis 37:1-40:23
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Rabbi Eliott N. Perilstein
An alternate title to the Torah portion last week might be this: "See Jacob Run." After what must have been a complicated upbringing that resulted in his deceiving his brother, Esau, and father, Isaac, Jacob runs away from home. His mother, Rebecca, advises him to get out of town to escape Esau's wrath -- and Jacob does, as fast as...
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Just outside the entrance to Mikveh Israel's sanctuary, a display case houses replicas of letters to the historic congregation from three American presidents: George Washington in 1790, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1940 offered congratulations on the shul's 200th anniversary. These days, though, the focus at the Old City, Sephardi congregation that sits on Independence...
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Every year as Chanukah approaches, Center City resident Eleanor Levie pulls out a black crocheted vest that she spruced up by sewing on a larger-than-life chanukiah and dreidels.
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