Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775
The chanukiah has room for nine candles, which are lit immediately after dark (except on Friday evening when they should be lit just before lighting the Shabbat candles). One candle, the tallest, is called the shamash or "servant." Each night of Chanukah, the shamash is lit and then used to light the other candles. On the fight night, light the...
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Jan L. Apple, JE Feature
As a mother of three children - Gabrielle, 7, Katie, 4, and Max, 2 - Lorelei Miller of Doylestown thinks about meaningful ways to bring Judaism into their lives and has found the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's public space holiday programs to be a perfect fit. Last year, Miller particularly enjoyed a Purim celebration at a Toys 'R Us...
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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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