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A Cheese-y Chanukah

December 18, 2008, by

On Hanukkah, we recount the story of how Mattathias and his sons won a great victory against the Greeks, who tried to impose their own form of religious worship on the Jewish people. The battle took place more than 2,000 years ago but we continue to commemorate the event because it saved our people from

The Latke: New Twists On An Old Favorite

December 18, 2008, by

It’s just about Chanukah time again but who says that Chanukah has to be only oil and potatoes? On the other hand, what would Chanukah be without that old time favorite, greasy potato latkes? And while I’m quite sure that most everyone out there already knows how to make a regular latke, how about some

Second Thoughts: Candles in the Desert

December 18, 2008, by

Fire. It’s a powerful, primal force. Just the word itself gets your adrenalin going, ready to start coursing through your veins! Unconstrained, it is one of the most destructive forces in the world. Contained, limited, controlled it is one of the most powerful tools given to mankind. Those eight tiny sparks of light we kindle

Where Have You Gone Judah Maccabee?

December 18, 2008, by

In 1969 Paul Simon wrote the song ‘Mrs. Robinson’ in which he likes to think he helped immortalize Joe DiMaggio with the lyric ‘Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you…’ In a chance meeting with DiMaggio years later, the Yankee clipper wondered why Simon had thought he had

Bright Lights, Big Miracles

December 17, 2008, by

“Who has performed for us miracles…in this time.” —Al Hanisim, prayer before lighting the Chanukah menorah) Festively set tables, platters piled high with food and spirits even higher. The door is continuously opening, guests pouring in, filling every corner of the already crowded room. The star of the show, an eight year old girl with shining

Hearty Dishes for Hearty Appetites

December 8, 2008, by

With winter approaching, hearty foods are satisfying and delicious. Pea Zucchini Soup 6 servings A lovely thick soup of Italian origin, this recipe calls for non-seasonal ingredients. The soup freezes well and you can make it pareve or dairy. Ingredients: 4 Tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 lb. zucchini, rinsed and trimmed,

Parashat Vayigash 5768

December 12, 2007, by

Parashat Vayigash 5768 Parashat Vayigash – I Feel Your Pain Text Message Responsa Stories of Rabbenu – Our Rabbi: Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook – Honoring Parents, Netilat Yadayim Shut She’eilat Shlomo – Questions of Jewish Law: Avraham’s language at home, Speaking English, Secular Jews… On Air – Be-Ahava U-Be-Emuna – It’s a Mitzvah to

Mikeitz: Milk Foods

December 7, 2007, 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

Optimalism : A Chanukah View of the World

December 6, 2007, by

Upon return from a fundraising trip from America for his Yeshiva, Chachmei Lublin, Rav Meir Schapiro gathered around his students who were eager to comprehend the Jewish mindset of the nyer velt (new world). Rav Meir, related a conversation he had with a baalabos (congregant) who was eager to impress with his piety. “Every day

Parashat Miketz, Chanukah and Annapolis: A Wonderland

December 6, 2007, by

Parshat Miketz, Chanukah and Annapolis 5768 Part One: God’s Signature Part Two: A Wonderland Part One: God’s Signature Often Jewish history presents strange fellow travelers but no stranger than the trilogy of Yosef’s travails, Chanukah and Annapolis all in the same timeframe. In parshat vayeishev, Yosef, a young man of seventeen, is sent by his