Chanukah lights

Chanukah lights

Our Chanukah lights are now a sweet memory but thanks to Rabbi Chaim (Brothers for Life- Achim L’Chaim), sends a historic Chanukah photo and shares its special message.  Rabbi Chaim writes: At first glance the photograph below looks almost quaint, an old black...
Cleaning Your Chanukah Menorah

Cleaning Your Chanukah Menorah

We “wax eloquently” on bringing back the shine Although Chanukah is a minor Jewish holiday, it is “major” in the eyes of many Jewish families, especially where there are children who enjoy festivities that continue for eight nights. Chanukah itself derives from the...
Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessings

Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessings

The Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessings begins by understanding that we will be adding one candle to the menorah each night. The first night, you light only the shammus (the one at a different height) and one Chanukah candle. Add another candle each night: second night...
Rededicate Your Home on Chanukah

Rededicate Your Home on Chanukah

Rededicate Your Home on Chanukah Polly said, “It’s early this year,” and Helen agreed.  Edith confessed that she just wasn’t ready, while George complained that his retirement community prohibited the use of lighted candles, “So how am I gonna make Chanukah this...
Chanukah Dreidel Hides

Chanukah Dreidel Hides

In Sardinia a Chanukah Dreidel Hides in Plain Sight On the Italian island of Sardinia it wouldn’t be Natale (Christmas) without spinning the “barrallicu,” (“bar-a-LEE-koo”), a wooden cube made to spin like… well exactly like the dreidel used by Jews throughout the...
Chanukah Spelling

Chanukah Spelling

OK, So How Do You Spell the Jewish Festival of Lights?   Chanukah is an unusual Jewish holiday because it is the only one of our Jewish festivals that does not appear anywhere in the Jewish Bible and of all the holidays we Jews celebrate, Chanukah, with its eight...