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It’s Chanukah and Purim

Is this Chanukah or Purim? After many years of Hamas petitioning the EU to remove the terror appellation from Hamas, the EU has voted to honor the request and has reversed Hamas’ status as terror organization. Officially and legally, according to the EU, Hamas is no longer a terrorist organization.

On the very same day, however, at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, the irrational obsession with Israel continues unabated, this time in investigation for war crimes.

You can’t make this stuff up. Like I queried above, Chanukah or Purim?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:13 )

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Four pieces of beauty from Los Angeles

Last Shabbos in Los Angeles, I bumped into four pieces of beauty: human, generational, material and spiritual. I bumped into . . . Shoelessness on Shabbos. Double eternity. The Garden of Eden. History of the future.
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Reflections

Bring your own light into the world!

CHANUKAH IS a holiday with many names. Some call it the Festival of Lights, while others refer to it as the Feast of Rededication or the Holiday of Miracles. To add to the confusion, there is absolutely no consensus as to its proper spelling, so you will find everything from Hanukka to Khanukkah, unless you stick with the Hebrew! Perhaps the multiplicity of spellings reflects a basic fact about the holiday: that is has multiple meanings and varied significance. The historical version of Chanuk...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:13 )

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I’m in debt

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 4 Don’t you get mail and sometimes you know what’s in the envelope even before you open it? For example, wedding invitations seem to come in a common size and shape. And the envelope is somewhat thick, not to mention the double address on the back. You know what awaits you. Good news. Then there’s the opposite. I received an envelope last Friday with a multi-line, government return address. I just knew it was bad news. The return address read, “Colorado...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:33 )

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Hands

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION E PAGE 23 Between last Passover, when I shared with you about my beloved Bubbie’s egg lukshn that she fried, rolled like a cigar, and sliced into the thinnest of ribbons, and this Chanukah, sadly we lost her. Almost a centenarian, she died in August and I miss her terribly. Like those lukshn, many other foods, especially the heimish or Hungarian classics, are linked with my Bubbie. Latkes are one of them, too. For my Bubbie, cooking wasn’t some last minute thing o...
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