"Hanukkah is not just about Maccabees and a tiny jar of oil. No, Hanukkah is about finding hope and beauty despite the darkness of the season. Soon after taking over, the Maccabees were themselves corrupt, murderous, and formed problematic political alliances not so different than that which they fought against. As for the oil – Meh. It doesn’t do much for me. I’m more of a ‘part the seas’ or ‘burning bush’ kinda guy. Call me older fashion. Famously, the the Talmud asks, “Mai Hanukkah”, “what is Hanukkah”?
"North Korean hackers did not stop the release of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. We the People did. I am no expert on cyber attacks, nor am I privy to the boardroom decisions made by Sony and other corporations involved in this debacle. (Full disclosure: I have known Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton as an acquaintance for nearly 20 years, and he is among the most ethical, reflective, and integrity-possessing business executives I've ever met.)...’"
"Stressed about gift-giving? You're not alone. Millions of other people are right there with you! With so many shoppers worrying about what they're giving to whom for the holidays—not to mention the very real problem of people spending more than they can afford - gift-giving is not always as easy and straightforward as we'd like..."
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"Go to your favorite book store or site and immediately buy The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults. I honestly felt privileged reading this beautiful, artistic, profound, provocative absolutely unique book. I don’t know what to compare this book to or how to adequately describe how powerfully and wisely this magnificent book speaks straight to the heart...’"
"Lawrence Wright’s Thirteen Days in September is one of those great histories that reads like a fast-paced novel. He compellingly tells the story of those 13 world-changing days at Camp David where President Jimmy Carter got Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, to do what most people thought impossible – make peace. This a book not to miss.
"‘The one thing which neuroscientists and psychiatrists keep telling us is if you can practice gratitude on a regular basis, you actually have a path to personal happiness," Hirschfield told Rick Ungar, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," Wednesday on Newsmax TV...."
"From TheBlaze.com: ‘Rabbi Irwin Kula hails from the notoriously liberal Upper West Side of New York, but he is also close friends with Glenn Beck. Being able to see the strengths of both conservatives and liberals, Kula spoke on Tuesday about how the two groups see evil differently...’"
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Hanukkah is a reminder that "there is more to life than meets the eye" says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. He's devised a simple program to help each of us achieve miracles in our own lives.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"...And while there's a temptation to view Hanukkah as the Jewish answer to Christmas — something observers such as Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, vigorously deny — the recent elevation of Hanukkah in public consciousness at least in part owes something to the American emphasis on Christmas as a hyper-public event."
"The lights of Hanukkah come to remind us of one of the important truths of life - That no matter how dark things are, there is always hope. That even if we are down to our last drop of oil, our last ounce of energy, there is always possibility. If we are willing to act, to light that last candle, to take that one step even though we are so afraid, to engage in that one act of kindness, even if it seems as if it won't make any difference at all.