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Purim represents a victory over antisemitism. Haman was the preeminent antisemite. He didn’t need a reason to hate Jews. He hated them because they were Jewish. Any of his reasons were excuses on which to hang his hat, but they weren’t his primary reasons.
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Chanukah: The Unstable Flame

December 5, 2020 – 10:19 pm | 199 views
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Oils that produce an unstable flame may not be used for Shabbat candles because Shabbat candles must be stable and pleasant. An unstable flame that rises and dips, a flame that is constantly on the verge of extinction causes anxiety and Shabbat candles are meant to be peaceful and pleasing.
However, …

Chanukah: Spice Up Your Routine

December 21, 2019 – 11:16 pm | 450 views
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Routine can be boring. You do it every day and you grow tired of it. We are always looking for something new and exciting. Something to pique our interest and engage our curiosity. Routine doesn’t do the trick. We need something novel, something unusual, something unexpected. The problem with new …

Chanukah: Light in the Dark

December 2, 2018 – 9:50 pm | 743 views
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The Chanukah candles usher light into darkness and warmth into cold. They are kindled as the sun sets and they are placed strategically in the window or doorway to catch the attention of passerby. This point is essential to Chanukah candles. After the streets have emptied of foot traffic, one …

Chanukah: The True Heroes

December 9, 2017 – 11:09 pm | 1,352 views
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The Women
The miracle of Chanukah has true heroes, and though we usually think of the Maccabees and the priests who kindled the miraculous lamps in the Temple, Chanukah’s true heroes are the women and children.
The Talmud tells us that although positive commandments bound by particular times, are usually non-binding on …

Chanukah: Tomorrow Will Be Much Better

December 17, 2016 – 10:14 pm | 1,781 views
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Increase or Reduce
There are two ways to light Chanukah candles. One is to start with the smallest amount of light and increase each day, the second is to start with the greatest amount of light and reduce the light each day. In fact, this was an argument between the schools …

Chanukah: The Unbreakable Jewish Core

December 15, 2015 – 11:00 pm | 1,591 views
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The Seed
Chanukah is a festival saturated in oil so let’s ask an olive question. What is the most important part of the olive, the fruit or the seed? The fruit is beautiful and useful. It is filled with oil that can be extracted or it can be eaten as is. …

Chanukah: The Diaspora Mindset

December 17, 2014 – 3:39 pm | 1,539 views
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A Changed Perspective
It was several years ago, upon my return from a December trip to Israel, that I realized how deeply the diaspora had disaporized (to coin a new term) me. The seasonal decorations and music that pervade the public arena this time of year, were completely absent in Israel. …

Canukah: Despite the Odds

November 21, 2013 – 6:50 pm | 8,369 views
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The Source of Light
In the course of life there are times of joy and of melancholy. When we are surrounded by friends and a constructive support network, when we are successful at home and at work, when we are satisfied with personal progress and development it is easy to coast …