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  • The Secret to Chanukah

    Rosh Chodesh Chanukah, 5773 (2012)
    I wrote the Secret to Chanukah late last night. Between then and now, I heard the horrific news coming out of Newtown, CT, where a mass murder occurred in an Elementary School.

  • Hanukkah in the Ghetto

    Hanukkah in the ghetto. Never before in Jewish Warsaw were there as many Hanukkah celebrations as in this year of the wall… 
     

  • The Bride With Many Souls

    On the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av, the maidens of Jerusalem would go out dressed in white garments and dance in the vineyards.

  • An Ancient Trick For Resolutions That Stick

    The Jewish holiday season, from Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot, is actually a sophisticated technology for personal repair bequeathed to us by G-d via Moses 3,300 years ago, with accompanying instructions for upgrades over the millennia.

  • Day 715 – Murder at a Purim Feast

    As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:
    Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated. Rabbah arose and slaughtered Rav Zeira.

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