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Is “too perfect” a thing? Have you ever worried about being too perfect? Most of us worry that we aren’t perfect enough. But I know of at least one person who worried about being too perfect. Our collective grandfather, Abraham.
The Torah tells us that Abraham recovered from his circumcision in …

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Chanukah: Naturally in Love with G-d

December 18, 2011 – 2:04 am | 2,117 views
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The Split
I once asked an audience to tell me which historical factor contributed most to our continuity and one fellow insisted that the correct answer was anti-Semitism. When the nations reject us we have no choice, but to turn inward. When the nations befriend and accept us we tend to blend into the global culture …

Chanukah: A Love Fest

November 28, 2010 – 4:13 am | 2,208 views
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The Arithmetic of Light
Every Jewish child masters the Chanukah arithmetic long before graduating from kindergarten. We light one candle on the first night, two on the second, three on the third, till we reach night number eight. In fact every child takes special pleasure in kindling their very own Chanukiah. …

Chanukah: Lights of Joy and Inspiration

December 13, 2009 – 4:26 am | 2,255 views
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The Night And The Light
As dusk gathers and darkness approaches, night falls and gloom encroaches,
we seek inspiration anew. What is a person to do?
The answer is simple at this time of year, light a candle and banish the fear.

Chanukah: Getting it Right

December 21, 2008 – 1:32 am | 2,190 views
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The Loophole
Chanukah commemorates the miracle of lights, but it is much more than kindling a light, Chanukah is about getting it right.
 When the Macabes entered the Holy Temple after it had been ransacked by the Greeks they were eager to kindle the great Menorah (candelabra). However, despite their best efforts, …

Chanukah: You Can Make A Difference

December 25, 2005 – 2:38 am | 2,192 views
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Dedication
Chanukah is a holiday that means many things to many people. To some its potato latkes (pancakes) and dreidels; to others its candles and lights. But, in truth, the word Chanukah simply means dedication.

A Modern Chanukah Story

December 25, 2005 – 2:36 am | 2,309 views
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During the course of this week Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah. Chanukah means so many things to so many people. To some it is a spiritual opportunity for reflection and introspection; to reflect upon the historical origin of the holiday and its relevance to modern day …

The “Light” of Chanukah

December 25, 2005 – 2:36 am | One Comment | 3,078 views
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A story is told of a man who was struggling along with an obviously heavy sack slung over his shoulder. The weather was hot and humid making his task arduous and tiring. A passer-by, clearly intrigued by this individual, asked him what it was that he had in the sack. …

Chanukah: General Washington Celebrates Chanukah

December 23, 2005 – 8:53 pm | 2 Comments | 2,415 views
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 General Washington Celebrates Chanukah

The winter of 1777 was harsh, almost unbearable. The soldiers stationed in Valley Forge had no inkling of why they were there. In their midst was a lone Jewish soldier and it was the first night of Chanukah.