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Pearl Harbor Remembrance, Hanukkah About to Begin

Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is the 71st anniversary of the attack, which occurred on December 7, 1941.

Let us take a moment to remember all of those who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and all of the victims who suffered physical, mental and emotional duress.

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The first candle of Hanukkah will be lit on the eve of December 8, 2012.

Menorah Artwork hanging on exterior wall at Skirball Cultural Center

Menorah Artwork hanging on exterior wall at Skirball Cultural Center

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame
Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart
~Hannah Senesh

Menorah at Skirball Cultural Center

Menorah at Skirball Cultural Center

Kindle the taper like the steadfast star
Ablaze on evening’s forehead o’er the earth,
And add each night a lustre till afar
An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth.
~Emma Lazarus, “The Feast of Lights”

The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light -
in a little cruse – lasted as long as they say;
but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day:
let that nourish my flickering spirit.
~Charles Reznikoff, “Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays”

Skirball Cultural Center Entrance

Skirball Cultural Center Entrance

Put on your yarmulke,
Here comes Hanukkah!
So much funukah,
To celebrate Hanukkah!
Hanukkah is the festival of lights.
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.
Adam Sandler
The Hanukkah Song

Books: Children


Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah
My grandies love this book.

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes My grandie girlie-girl loves this story.

Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah I so love this book!

Menorot

Menorot

Books Adults:

The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah

A Different Light: The Hanukkah Book of Celebration

Hanukkah Resources:


Judaism 101

Jewish Center hopes for Hanukkah menorah world record

Wikipedia Hanukkah


Judaism dot com

Jewish Publication Society

Chabad dot org

Kiddush Cup

Kiddush Cup

Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat, Passover/Pesach

The cakes have been baked, the matzoh ball soup made, and the chicken and the other dishes are ready to go.

The house is clean, despite the grandies (laughing). Everything is more or less in order, as good as it can be with a four year old and two year old.

Shabbat Shalom! Chag Sameach!

Haggadahs:

A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel.

Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own, by Marge Piercy

Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children

The No Potato Passover, by Aviva Kanoff, is a fantastic cook book.

Once again, Shabbat Shalom! Chag Sameach!

April 6, 2012 – 14 Nisan, 5772

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Jewaicious Re Purim and International Women’s Day

Today is Purim! May it be a day of celebratory happiness, and a day of thoughtfulness.

Enjoy your celebration. Chag Sameach!

Purim Guide

Six things you might not know about Purim

Purim in the U.S.

Israel Purim

Purim
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Today is also International Women’s Day!

More links relating to women and their contributions:

10 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day


Women and War, International Committee of the Red Cross

International Museum of Women


International Women’s Day Celebration


Worldwide Stamps Released on International Women’s Day

The Measure of a Woman

The Women of Sudan

Women

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March 8, 2012 – 14 Adar I, 5772

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New Year-Current Year

SkyWatch Friday time!

Saturday night is New Year’s Eve, a night that is celebratory, a night that welcomes the new year on the Gregorian or Civil calendar. At the stroke of midnight we say good bye to the year 2011 and welcome the year 2012.

For Jews, this is double-fold , as we already welcomed the new year 5772 according to the Hebrew calendar on 1 Tishri. We are still in the current year.

If we look at the Gregorian calendar, tonight will be the last Shabbat in the year 2011, but it is not the last Shabbat celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar. We have many more Shabbosim left before the Hebrew new year of 5773.

Take a moment, tonight at sunset, to reflect on both the worlds we live in…the Jewish world and its many traditions and beliefs, and the modern world which follows the Gregorian calendar. Try to reflect on how you have blended both these worlds into your lives, and how they have become compatible with each other in the scheme of things.

Have a wonderful 2012. Shabbat Shalom!

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December 30, 2011 – 4 Tevet, 5772

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