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Each year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we recall the opening salvo of the violent assault on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust and ask ourselves what should have been done at that moment.anti
As we each shared some favorite holiday memories, my partner asked, “So what does each candle of Hanukkah symbolize?” Puzzled, I asked him to explain what he meant. “You know, like for Kwanzaa.”
How do we listen to our bodies and spirits? For me, one path is yoga, a practice that strives to connect us with ourselves.
Here are five activities to help young children connect with Israel -- on Yom HaAtzmaut and all year long.
The complex flavor profiles of sumptuous chocolate have finally made it to Hanukkah gelt (traditionally coins given as Hanukkah gifts, but used here to describe foil-wrapped chocolate coins associated with the holiday).
Assign a different Jewish value each one day of Hanukkah and plan appropriate activities for your family. The idea of activities is not simply doing for doing’s sake, but doing for the sake of learning. Be sure to reflect and talk afterward!
Challah is one of the ways I “do” Judaism in a tangible way, my attempt at hidur mitzvah (beautifying the fulfillment of the commandment). Personalizing mitzvot is a way all of us can approach and enrich our connections to Judaism.
Strictly speaking, Thanksgiving isn’t a Jewish holiday, but we know Jews from a wide range of backgrounds take this time to give thanks, to affirm the many contributions Indigenous People have made, to take the time to learn about the land we are on, to pursue justice, and most commonly, to give the gift of time and connection to those we love most.
If we only take the time to say a few words of thanksgiving to God, whether for bringing the family together or for giving us the food on our plates, we can make Thanksgiving have Jewish meaning.