December 13, 2012Blog Archives
Each year when Chanukah time swings around, fond memories of lighting the menorah come to mind. I remember being with my family, singing Maoz Tzur and eating latkes with applesauce. But year after year as we continue to light the menorah, are these experiences just a nostalgic ritual, or do they grow and become exciting … Continue Reading
OK. I lit the Chanukah candles. Now what? One of the many beautiful things I like about Chanukah, is that it’s so easy. Don’t have to build a sukkah, get rid of all my cake and bourbon during pre-Pesach cleaning, try to stay awake all night as on Shavuot. I don’t even have to worry … Continue Reading
Perhaps the most dramatic story in the Torah concerns the fraternal jealousy and eventual betrayal of Joseph. It starts by Jacob showing favoritism towards Joseph. The brothers get a sense of this and begin to hate him. Then Joseph relates his dreams to his brothers, telling them how they all bowed down to him in … Continue Reading
Eight—count ’em, 8!—days of Chanukah, the Jewish holiday dedicated to thanksgiving. Of course, we give thanks all year long, at least three times a day (morning, noon and night), usually more, but Chanukah and on Chanukah, it‘s all about giving thanks. Being thankful, saying “thank you” and living thankful is not just polite and more … Continue Reading
Help complete the Likutey Moharan!
Based on Sichot HaRan (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom) #1 Multiple-Choice Quiz: Are your Chanukah candles still burning? A) No B) Yes C) Don’t know D) Unable to answer The correct answer is any and all of them. Allow me to explain. Your physical Chanukah candles have certainly burnt out by the time you read this. So … Continue Reading
As we gaze at the lights of the Menorah for a final time tonight, we must think about taking something along with us in the cold winter months that lay ahead. Who are we to turn but to Rebbe Nosson for his advice? Rebbe Nosson asks a fundamental question, what is the difference between the … Continue Reading