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Chanukah's Essence

It ain't just latkes.

Published: December 12, 2009

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Visitor Comments: 15

(15) Melanie Cline, December 21, 2011 6:11 AM

Happy Channukah rabbi!

Thank you for such thoughtful insights. May you and your family have a blessed Channukah.

(14) Anonymous, December 3, 2010 3:05 PM


Several years ago I found out that my mom was/ is Jewish. Going back in the family history, I found other incrediable, Jewish women: beautiful women of integrity who reached out, changing the lives of others. Then, this year, the Torah: full of beauty, love and the grace of God came into my life. Studying, learning, I am touched deep with-in me, where an empty space: a space of hunger that had never been filled is now, daily, satisified. So who wants to be a Jew? Me.Torah is giving me a life to live and a blessing to die for.

(13) Anonymous, December 18, 2009 12:22 AM

Judiasm teaches us to live a thoughtful life.  It teaches us to search for meaning beyond the superficial  and transitory pleasures of life.  Chanukah is a great time to reconnect with our community and remember what has made our survival possible.   With each new day of Chanukah unfolding, we can  dedicate ourselves to beingpart of the ongoing story of the Jewish people.

(12) Paul, December 16, 2009 10:28 PM

Happy Chanukah

Happy Chanukah Rabbi & everyone !!! The Jewish psychologist is a unique phenomenon. Hopefully the world be hearing more from them. Paul

(11) Marilyn, December 16, 2009 8:46 PM

We're the people of the Covenant

Out of all the people in the world, Almighty God chose to make an everlasting covenant with our father, Abraham, that has been passed down, through Isaac, and Jacob, and his descendents to us this day. And further, it was the tribe of Judah which was chosen for the great honor of preserving the Holy Torah, often against great odds, and at great personal expense. In these troublous times, as the modern day Antiochus rises up against us on many fronts, may we remember the bravery and faith our forebears exhibited in the face of adversity, and honor them by doing the same.

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