I consider myself a dedicated yet anxious Jewish mom. I’m dedicated because I would like my children to have a Jewish upbringing that connects them to our collective stories, history, and values – and I’m anxious because I’m never quite sure whether I’m accomplishing that goal.
Two blessings are chanted or recited every night of Hanukkah. The first is a blessing over the candles themselves. The second blessing expresses thanks for the miracle of deliverance. A third blessing—the Shehecheyanu prayer, marking all joyous occasions in Jewish life—is chanted or recited only on the first night.
Let’s consider our carbon footprint. Let’s take into account how many people live in your home, how many miles you drive per week, how many flights you take annually and how much meat you eat. Each of these activities contributes to carbon dioxide emissions, which contributes to climate change.
In the early 1990s, Haifa instituted an annual cultural event, “Festival of Festivals,” to celebrate Jewish, Christian, and Muslim holidays falling during the winter season.
A dilemma for Diaspora Jews: Identify as Jews and reconcile that identification with a Jewish State that often is perceived as the incarnate of evil.
Every Hanukkah, we thank God for the miracle of the season. But what was the miracle? Simply this: The Maccabees and their legacy survived.
If we place ourselves in the narrative of Jacob and Vayeitzei, how will our story look? Let's set out on adventures.