Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775
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According to local Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Judah and the Maccabees were some of the earliest conservationists: "They made one day's oil suffice for eight days' needs," he explained. Waskow, who directs the Shalom Center here in Philadelphia, wants modern-day Jews to continue in the vein of this ancient Chanukah standard. That's why the organization has instituted a new "Green Menorah"...
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Ryan Teitman
"I joined when it was a tent, and I've been active since," said Edythe Kaplan of her membership at Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El in Melrose Park. The 83-year-old former co-president of the congregation has a simple reason for her long-held devotion to her shul: "It's family." The congregation began its 50th anniversary celebration on Dec. 3 with a concert...
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Steve Hofstetter, JE Feature
I imagine it's much more difficult to be a Jew on Christmas than it is to be a Christian on Chanukah. You don't find many Chanukah specials about families getting stranded in an airport learning the true meaning of the menorah. But if there were a lot of Chanukah specials, I'd be just as annoyed at those as I am...
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As Jews prepared to kindle the first lights of Chanukah and commemorate the Maccabees' capture and rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago, an Israeli archaeologist shared his passion for unlocking the Temple Mount's long and complicated history. "We are discovering, every day, new things," said Dan Bahat, who for more than 20 years has...
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For 10 full seconds, the social hall at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia fell silent, even though hundreds of people were in the midst of celebrating at an otherwise raucous Chanukah party. The hush from the crowd came as participants lay on the floor and leaned over tables, simultaneously spinning dreidels, hoping to break the world record...
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