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"Call it a simple coincidence, call it Thanksgivukah, call it a once in a lifetime opportunity to integrate the quintessentially American and the quintessentially Jewish, but whatever you call it, celebrate the abundance and possibility in your life this year, as Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap...."
"...Spanish Portuguese Jews have celebrated this holiday in Jamaica since our arrival here in Port Royal more than 360 years ago. German/English Jews have also celebrated the Festival of Lights since their arrival here in the 18th century. Today, we gather together as a united community to light the Hanukkah menorah and celebrate the perpetuation of our identities as Jews on this beautiful island.
"Hanukkah is an ancient Jewish holiday that has truly come into its own in the context of America. The historic victory of the ancient Maccabees and the miracle of oil postdate the biblical era, so while the events were marked through the generations with lighting of lights and eating special foods, it remained a lesser holiday..."
"What if God took note of every mistake you made and considered it a glorious seed for a profoundly better future? God, it seems, is often counter-cultural. Whereas our society, often despite knowing better, constantly rewards achievement and success, God has an interesting track record of recognizing positive effort even when we are surrounded by failures of our own doing...."
"When challenges arise, it is easy to pray for a solution. Journeying towards a meeting with his estranged brother, the biblical Jacob had a nighttime encounter with an angel..."
"Beyond bringing more Jewish people to synagogues, how can we engage and excite the next generation about the beauty and wisdom of Jewish culture and civilization?" WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi of New Tech City talks with Rabbi Owen Gottlieb while playing Jewish Time Jump the Augmented-Reality Game that teaches American and Jewish history using the G.P.S. function of a mobile phone.
"In this week’s Torah portion, Vayeitzei, Jacob leaves his parents’ home and travels to see his uncle, Laban. On the way, he has a dream in which God appears to him and tells him that one day the land he is laying on will be his and that he will be prosperous, with numerous descendants. Shaken, Jacob awakes from the dream and declares, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the abode of God.”..."
Join Clal’s well–known teacher and chant composer, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) for a series of of sacred call-and-response singing and devotional learning in Maine this weekend. Kirtan Rabbi @ Kabbalat Shabbat service at Colby College's Hillel - Waterville, ME...
"The human story is largely a story of departure and transition. Individuals, whole communities, tribes, villages, and nations are often in transition, leaving their homes in search of greater resources or greater personal safety. The Jewish story, in particular, is often about departure, exile, and journey. Jews are often referred to as a “wandering” people, an entirely accurate description, seen through the broad scope of Jewish stories and history.
"On October 1 (and about four and half weeks early), my wife and I welcomed our daughter into the world. It truly was every bit as incredible, miraculous, joyous and nerve-wracking as everyone told us it would be. We can’t quite believe we have brought a new person into this world, and every time I hold her, or feed her at 3:30 AM, or bless her on Shabbat, when I look at her, all I can think of is, “Who will she be?”..."