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‘Wait, don’t go! I’m a Jew!’

A group of students from the Maalot hesder yeshiva in Israel’s north distributing menorahs, Hanukkah candles, and chocolate coins to local residents aroused dormant memories of a Jewish woman’s deceased grandfather. The students arrived at the woman’s home as part of a program from their yeshiva and the “Karov Lalev” organization, which aims to overcome […]

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Ivanka Trump and her family are all smiles as they light the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah

Ivanka Trump and family Happy Hanukkah! Ivanka Trump and her family kicked off the first night of the Festival of Lights on Tuesday, and she shared some festive family photos to celebrate. “Tonight, as we light the menorah, Jared, Arabella, Joseph, Theodore and I wish everyone celebrating a Happy Hanukkah!” she wrote on Instagram as […]

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‘Hanukkah calls on us to defend our values’

[twittervideo:2036116] British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday said that the holiday of Hanukkah calls on all people “to defend the values and way of life that we share.” “I want to send my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Hanukkah in our Jewish communities here in the UK and all around the world,” she […]

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‘Hanukkah candles remind us that light drowns out darkness’

[twittervideo:2036113] Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday wished the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah. Hanukkah began at sundown on Tuesday with the lighting of the first candle. “At sunset today, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will welcome the beginning of Hanukkah – one of the oldest traditions in the world,” said […]

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Chanukah in myth and history

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The annual fun is upon us. But for those interested in such things, there’s lots of fuzzy history to contemplate. It’s probably best to ignore all that comes next, to enjoy with the kids and grandchildren, the parties, in Israel the long vacation from school, as well as the gifts […]

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Israel vs. the Diaspora

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Early on in his new book about Yossi Beilin and the failed peace process (English title: The Left-Wing’s Sorrow), Avi Shilon, the historian of modern Israel, makes the point that you cannot remove the religious dimension in seeking to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Even if you have […]

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Haiku Hanukkah

     ©  Oliver B. Pollak RICHMOND, California — The November 2016 election rekindled my 1960s haiku habits. I may take the name “17 Syllable human.” An email announced Chabad’s 5 pm Menorah candle lighting at Hilltop Mall in Richmond. Latkes, song, Jews. Tuesday morning another Chabad email stated there would be candle lightings in 798 […]

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‘Rabbi Shteinman carried entire Jewish people on his shoulders’

Shortly after Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 104, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin marked the passing of the late rabbi in a statement, lauding Rabbi Shteinman”s wisdom and humility, saying that he “gave direction to thousands”. “Our teacher, the brilliant Rabbi Shteiman, was a leader who bore the […]

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Judaism’s long history in Jerusalem

By Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Tonight begins the festival of Chanukah. It is a time when we celebrate truth about who we are and where we come from. The events which Chanukah commemorate took place more than 2,000 years ago, when the Greek Empire invaded the Land of Israel and conquered Jerusalem. […]

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Bnei Menashe celebrate Chanukah in India

CHURACHANDPUR, India (Press Release)– Thousands of members of the Bnei Menashe community from across northeastern India gathered today to light candles for the first night of Hanukkah. “The story of the Maccabees’ heroic determination to preserve their Jewish identity resonates strongly with the Bnei Menashe, who – against all odds and with tremendous effort – […]

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Satmar group slams Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem

The head of one of the two rival groups of the staunchly anti-Zionist Satmar Hassidic movement ripped into President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week. Satmar, known as one of the most dogmatically anti-Zionist Hassidic sects, refuses to recognize the State of Israel and calls on members living in Israel not to […]

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‘Shabbat Law’ wins coalition backing

The Ministerial Legislative Committee approved a government proposal sponsored by Labor and Social Services Minister Haim Katz (Likud) which would allow the minister to define and limit the conditions under which government employees or employees of state-owned entities may be employed on the Sabbath. Under the proposal, the Labor and Social Services Minister would be […]

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Is Reform Judaism forgetting its Zionism?

Gil Troy The Union for Reform Judaism is holding its Biennial in Boston this week. I know nothing about their governance procedures, but hope they pass — by acclamation — a resolution supporting President Donald Trump’s move recognizing “Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” The resolution should affirm: Such a resolution, even if accompanied by […]

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The shin on my dreidel

Rachel Sharansky Danziger I was 4-years-old, and I struggled to spin my dreidel just so. I was 8-years-old, and my newest dreidel cast blue and green lights across the room. I was 10-years-old, and my sister and I spun dreidels as fast as we could. Who would get more of them to spin before the […]

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