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Spinning Tops: What Dreidels Can Teach Us About God and Miracles

December 21, 2011, by

Just as the dreidel spins around a central point and topples when it begins to lose its connection to that point, so too do we begin to “lose our footing” when we begin to lose our connection to our center, to God. The simplicity of the dreidel reminds us that Godliness can be found in the small miracles of life.

I Light It! NCSY Chanukah Remix 2010

December 6, 2010, by

I light it, you light it, and now NCSY lights it in a way that inspires the Jewish future and teens across the country with a musical exclusive. So move over Matis and make room for Six13, the award-winning Jewish a capella group from New York with a sound that’s sweeping Jewish and secular airwaves in

Miketz: Milk Foods

November 30, 2010, by

The Rema writes that it is proper to eat cheese at Chanukah because of the miracle that was wrought through milk, when Yehudit gave milk to the enemy leader to make him sleep, and thus was able to kill him (Rema SA OC 670:2). Of course this theme of the righteous woman who entices and

As the Dreidel Falters

November 29, 2010, by

This article originally appeared in Jewish Action Magazine WINTER 2010/5771 – Volume 71, No. 2. For more articles, click Jewish Action Magazine or visit: http://www.ou.org/jewish_action To subscribe to Jewish Action Magazine hard-copy and receive a special price offer, click Jewish Action Magazine Subscription, or visit: https://www.ou.org/jewish_action/subscribe/ This year’s blockbuster movie Inception culminates with the image of

Chanukah Health-Consciousness

November 29, 2010, by

This article originally appeared in Jewish Action Magazine WINTER 2010/5771 – Volume 71, No. 2. For more articles, click Jewish Action Magazine or visit: http://www.ou.org/jewish_action To subscribe to Jewish Action Magazine hard-copy and receive a special price offer, click Jewish Action Magazine Subscription, or visit: https://www.ou.org/jewish_action/subscribe/ In honor of Chanukah, it is traditional to eat foods

Vayeshev: Placement of the Chanukah Menorah

November 23, 2010, by

The Talmud rules that the ideal way of fulfilling the mitzva of Chanukah lights is by lighting them at the entrance to the house, so that they are clearly visible to passers-by. However, our Sages continue, when there is danger in doing so – because of hostile non-Jews – it is sufficient to light the