The Full Story of Chanukah Has...

Dec 20, 2019 by

In the fall of 1976, a young Jew stood at the crossroads. Recently confirmed, just back from a summer in Israel, a veteran of our URJ...

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Don’t Let the Light Go Out

Dec 18, 2018 by

Rony, a former bus driver, escaped from his native Honduras when his life was threatened. The “mafia” had already killed his father...

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Blackboards in Pittsburgh

Dec 17, 2018 by

For two weeks before Shabbat Chanukah, four black boards with a question at the top and multi-colored chalk in the chalk trays were...

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What’s It All About?

Dec 4, 2018 by

I know, for sure, that it’s not about the presents. It’s also not about the gelt. I don’t think it’s really about the dreidels. And,...

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Blessing Up: A Chanukah Lesson...

Nov 29, 2018 by

At a Shabbat service led by two b’nei mitzvah students in my congregation, I was lulled into a meditative frame of mind. As if...

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Home for the Holidays: DIY Cha...

Nov 26, 2018 by

Your children are actively anticipating Chanukkah, and you want to harness their enthusiasm for Judaism at every opportunity. After...

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We All Count: Chanukah, Alabam...

May 5, 2015 by

This blog is the fifth in a series from Rabbis Organizing Rabbis connecting the period of the Omer to the issue of race and class...

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Chanukah: The Miracle of Givin...

Nov 24, 2013 by

We each have moments when we step back and take stock. Opportunities afforded to us because the year has turned one full cycle and...

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