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A time to bring 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.

If you don’t believe me, just check out the selection of Hallmarks cards wishing your family everything from a happy Hanukka to Chanukah to Chanukah and even Khanukkah!

This year, since the second night is also Thanksgiving, we now have Thanksgivingkah! All of these differences only serve to emphasize that Chanukah is a holiday with multiple meanings and significance.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:18 )

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Dear Tzviling

Avoiding the wedding ‘plotz’

Dear Tzviling, First, the good news. Mazel Tov! My daughter is engaged to be married. And now, the “bad” news. I’m going meshhuga! [I’m a nervous wreck!] The chasunah [wedding] is taking place next month and I was up a whole night trying to make seating arrangements. Oy, what a mess. I’m ready to plotz! [I feel like I’m going to explode.] Help! Chanchie (Boro Park)
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View from Central Park

We are the candles

CHANUKAH has an enduring popularity, symbolized by the candle flames. On Shabbat, when the kindling of fire is a desecration of the day, the symbol epitomizing the observance  of the day has become the kindling of the fiery Shabbat candles in advance. Although these candlelightings are two different mitzvot, the Talmud connects them and, in fact, discusses the creation of the holiday of Chanukah in, of all tractates, tractate Shabbat.
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View From Denver

Every person a prophet

Every person a prophetMOST people can make at least of the following statements: I moved to [fill in the name of the city.] I’m not even sure why. It was the best decision I ever made. All my life I thought I wanted to be [fill in the blank]. Then I switched majors. It surprised everyone who knew me. I never looked back. I always thought I’d marry this kind of person. But then [fill in the blank] came along. The rest is history. Growing up, I thought religion was ridiculous. It’s a long story, but now I’m...
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View from Central Park

Cranberries

Just as your autumn stash of pounds and pounds of apple baskets filled with large blushing round crisp apples you personally picked, is waning, the season for those little jewelled round and plump bead like cranberries, is peaking. Growing up in Israel, I had never heard of cranberries — not until I moved to America. There is something quintessentially American about them.
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JTA News

Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

Ben Sales Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas as neo-Nazis, IDF’s door knock, Auschwitz inmate’s germ resistance

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Soundtrack to the war

Uriel Heilman Three videos, of Israeli toddlers during a rocket drill, of Israeli soldiers getting psyched for battle and of a father and son singing together, offer an alternative soundtrack for the Israel-Gaza co... [Link]

3 senators urge Obama to let Israel neutralize Hamas ahead of cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Three senators urged President Obama to ensure that Israel removes Hamas’ military threat before a cease-fire is in place. ... [Link]

Shelling on U.N. building in Gaza serving as shelter kills at least 15

Marcy Oster At least 15 people were killed and 200 injured when a shell hit a U.N. school in northern Gaza serving as a shelter for displaced Palestinians. ... [Link]

Ban orders review following allegations UNRWA gave rockets back to Hamas

Ron Kampeas U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a review of U.N. practices for relocating weapons found on its premises following reports that rockets found in an UNRWA school were returned to Hamas. ... [Link]

Relocate nationals from near Gaza border, Thai embassy asks

Marcy Oster The Thai embassy in Tel Aviv asked the Israeli government to relocate Thai nationals working in southern Israel near the Gaza border. ... [Link]

150 Palestinians detained in raids on southern Gaza

Marcy Oster Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers. ... [Link]

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