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Parashat Miketz 5768

December 6, 2007, by

Parashat Miketz 5768 Parashat Miketz – It is Lucky that Yehudah the Maccabee Did Not Ask… Text Message Responsa Stories of Rabbenu – Our Rabbi: Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook – A Jerusalem Holiday, Maoz Tzur and more… Shut She’eilat Shlomo – Questions of Jewish Law: Substituting a lower number to move up in line,

The Strength of a Child (Part 1)

December 6, 2007, by

The following events took place in England during the Second World War. German airplanes flew in the sky every night, dropping bombs and spreading destruction in the cities and the small towns. This is the story of a young boy who studied in a “cheder” during that time. We studied in the area of the

Chanukah Eyes: A Mother’s Diary

December 6, 2007, by

The fourth night of Chanukah, my husband is late for the candle lighting. My children’s unlit clay menorahs are positioned precariously on the radiator. My second daughter, Elana, stares across the street at the neighbor’s lawn. The Healys have draped their cedar tree with electric blue lights. Next door, a deer stands poised with one

Vayeishev: Chanukah

November 30, 2007, by

In one of the most dramatic passages in the Mishneh Torah, the Rambam tells the story of Chanukah: how we suffered persecution spiritually and religiously (prohibition of Torah and mitzvot), materially (seizing property) and personally (outrages of modesty); and how with God’s help we overcame militarily (the Chashmonaim saved Israel), nationally (they established the kingdom)

Parashat Vayeishev: Speaking A Language They Understand

November 29, 2007, by

Parshiot Vayishlach and Vayeishev 5768 PART ONE: The Language They Understand PART TWO: Trusting in God to Provide PART ONE: The language they understand The two parshiyot of Vayishlach and Vayeishev, when viewed together, paint a picture of a conspicuously polarized Ya’akov. In parashat Vayishlach, Yaakov’s sons, lead by Shimon and Levi, decimated the city

Feeding the Chanukah Gathering

November 29, 2007, by

With 8 whole days of Chanukah looming ahead, here are some holiday ideas for you to try out. They are great for Chanukah parties or get-togethers with family and friends, or even just a quiet night with your own, after the candles have been lit… Greek Dairy Squash Souffle Pie 4 servings Ingredients: 4 eggs or

Hanukkah Comes Early This Year, And the Potato Latkes Are Ready

November 21, 2007, by

Hanukkah comes early this year. You know that old joke? Jewish holidays are either early or late – they never come on time! The highlight, of course, was our Hanukkah party. The pile of latkes! The mountain of presents! The noise! The excitement! The squabbles! Then when we cousins started producing the great-grandchildren, Aunt Sally’s

Vayeishev: Benefit from Chanuka Light

February 14, 2007, by

Two of the best-known candle-lighting customs are the Chanukah lights and the candle by which we search for chametz on Pesach eve. On the face of it these two mitzvot could not be more opposite. The candle at Pesach eve is entirely utilitarian, in order to help us find chametz, and its entire character is

Potato Latke Pancakes

February 5, 2007, by

In regards to the latkes you were asking about, my guess is that the mix is loaded with matzah meal to bind it. Most probably they are not deep fried in a fryer but in a deep frying pan with lots of oil. Try it yourself. Add matzah meal to your latke mix, enough so

Miketz: Wicks and Oil for Chanuka

January 14, 2007, by

There is no tractate, or even chapter, in the Mishna devoted to Chanuka. The mitzva of the Chanuka lights is mentioned principally in the second chapter of tractate Shabbat, which discusses the wicks and oils which are suitable for Shabbat candles. By way of contrast, the gemara discusses the distinction between Shabbat candles and those