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  • Temple Mount Closes After Jewish Visitors Sing Hanukkah Songs

    12/01/2013 1:10:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 12/1/2013, 12:10 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Israeli police closed the Temple Mount Sunday after Jewish visitors to the Mount—which is Judaism’s holiest site and the exact spot of the events of the Hanukkah holiday—broke out into Hanukkah songs, enraging Muslim worshipers. Following the song, a scuffle broke out between Jews and Muslims. Four people were arrested. Police have decided to close the Mount to all visitors until further notice. …
  • Nefesh B'Nefesh Hanukkah Flash Mob

    11/30/2013 9:19:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/23/2009 | Nefesh B'Nefesh
    Nefesh B'Nefesh brought over 150 participants together on Ben Yehuda Street for the first ever Jerusalem flash mob in honor of Hanukkah. Sound provided by David Shenkin. "Hanukkah Hey Ya!" by Eric Schwartz aka Smooth-E
  • Netanyahu vows to banish ‘darkness’ of Iran nuclear program

    11/28/2013 11:59:56 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 25 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 28, 2013 | JOSHUA DAVIDOVICH
    Melding the Hanukkah holiday and foreign affairs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solemnly vowed to act as a “light unto the nations” and act against Iran’s nuclear program should diplomacy fail Thursday night. Speaking at the Western Wall for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony, Netanyahu compared Iran’s nuclear program to a darkness that would be forced out by Israel, referencing a popular children’s song for the holiday.
  • God Delivered the Pilgrims—and My People

    11/28/2013 8:05:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | Nov. 21, 2013 | Meir Soloveichik
    Thanksgiving always had particular resonance for one group of religious freedom-seekers. The once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving Day with the first day of Hanukkah has inspired culinary fusions like deep-fried turkey, song parodies and clever T-shirts. One enterprising lad has even invented the "Menurkey": a menorah (candelabrum) in the shape of a turkey. Humor aside, one group of American Jews—the members of New York's Congregation Shearith Israel —have reason to find in this year's calendrical happenstance a source both of institutional memory and of profound pride. Of all American synagogues, Shearith Israel has been celebrating both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving from the...
  • Hanukkah, Coney Island, Knockout and Iran

    11/27/2013 5:33:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 49 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | November 25th, 2013 | Rabbi Reuven Kahane
    Years ago, on a perfect Hanukkah day, my brother and I were getting off the Coney Island bumper cars on the way to kosher country, when we heard "Dirty Jews!" Before having a chance to react in anger or fear, two boys were running full speed away from us. Knowing they were not running from a 7-year-old in a plaid shirt or his slow moving 11-year-old brother, I imagined that the hand of God had descended from the cyclone. But, spotting a speeding Judah Maccabee chasing down those thugs, to my amazement and some chagrin, the Maccabee was none other...

    11/27/2013 9:31:56 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 28 November 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Because Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day for 2013 -as they last did in 1888-  this year's calendar has produced a  rare concurrence that won't be repeated for another 79,043 years... FoxNews   h/t Speedunque
  • Video rewind: WKRP’s ‘Turkey Drop’

    11/27/2013 5:21:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 44 replies ^ | november 27, 2013
    The greatest Thanksgiving episode of any TV sitcom — ever. “With God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Hanukkah ~ 28 November 2013

    11/27/2013 6:00:05 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 139 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Happy Thanksgiving 2013!! ~ GOD BLESS AND WATCH OVER THEM, WHEREVER THEY SERVE Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States of America. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source...
  • It's Hanukah at the Technion! (Israel Institute of Technology)

    11/27/2013 5:33:12 PM PST · by EinNYC · 11 replies ^ | Nov 25, 2012 | Technion
    Watch the students of the Technion compete for the best Rube Goldberg device to....LIGHT THE MENORAH! Technion students Eyal Cohen and Tomer Wassermann from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Industrial Engineering and Management take on the challenge to build a Rube Goldberg machine that lights the Chanukah menorah. Hanukkah is the holiday of miracles and here is another one.
  • The Messiah in Hanukkah

    11/27/2013 1:47:30 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 11 replies
    The Heart of Wisdom ^ | 11/28/13 | Robin Sampson
    The law did not require Jews to be at the Temple in Jerusalem, as this was not one of the pilgrimage festivals. Every one observed it in his own place, not as a holy time. Jesus was there that He might improve those eight days of holiday for good purposes. Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch when the Sadduciens asked him “How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ tell us.” They pretended to want to know the truth, as if they were ready to embrace it; but it was not their intention....
  • Gobble tov! American Jews ready for Thanksgivukkah [Won'y happen again for 79,000 years!]

    10/07/2013 1:45:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | Updated: Oct 07, 2013 12:14 PM CST | By LEANNE ITALIE
    <p>An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions.</p> <p>There's the number crunching: The last time it happened was 1888, or at least the last time since Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln, and the next time may have Jews lighting their candles from spaceships 79,043 years from now, by one calculation.</p>
  • New Pope celebrated Hanukkah as well as Christmas

    03/13/2013 2:39:42 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 26 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 13/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    Video of the then Cardinal Bergoglio celebrating Hanukkah....
  • The Darkness and the Light

    12/13/2012 6:10:18 AM PST · by expat1000 · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    A candle is a brief flare of light. A wick dipped in oil burns and then goes out again. The light of Chanukah appears to follow the same narrative. Briefly there is light and warmth and then darkness again. Out of the exile of Babylon, the handful that returned to resettle and rebuild the land faced the might of new empires. The Jews who returned from the exile of one evil empire some twenty-six hundred years ago were forced to decide whether they would be a people with their own faith and history, or the colony of another empire, with...
  • Obama Hijacks Hanukkah: Makes It All About Obama!

    12/14/2012 7:39:09 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-14-2012 | MOTUS
    I know some of you are still wondering how Big Guy won his reelection. Well, I have a small insight for you: first, there is nothing – no matter how large or small, sacred or profane – that cannot be used for your political purposes. Take Hanukkah for example: First, you invite 600 of your best Jewish friends and benefactors, then you follow the White House tradition of selecting a menorah with some kind of meaningful history. “Meaningful history” used to mean having something to do with the survival of the Jewish people following the Diaspora or the Holocaust. Since...
  • Governor Palin: Happy Hanukkah

    12/08/2012 8:12:52 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 20 replies
    Motivation Truth via Sarah's Facebook ^ | December 8th, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Todd and I and our family wish a very Happy Hanukkah to all throughout the world who gather this week to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with our friends in Israel who in a special way embody the Hanukkah message by being a light of freedom in a region too often darkened by chaos and oppression. May that light shine ever brightly. - Sarah Palin
  • Hanukkah Question (vanity)

    12/08/2012 11:27:41 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 23 replies
    Former Fetus
    The following picture has been posted by the office of PM Netanyahu in his Facebook page. My question is: why is he lighting the shamash after the first Hanukkah candle is already lighted? I am not criticizing, I am a Christian who is trying to learn.
  • Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall

    12/06/2012 7:27:42 AM PST · by massmike · 26 replies ^ | 12/06/2012 | Mariecar Mendoza
    Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol. On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas. The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it's given such a directive to staff. On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: "Please Save Our...
  • 'Hanukkah Miracle' Nixes Likely Terror Attack

    12/27/2011 4:37:10 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/11 | David Lev
    An observant IDF soldier may have prevented a major terrorist attack in a large Israeli city, in what soldiers and commanders called a “Hanukkah miracle.” An Arab terrorist who may have been on his way to the town of Har Bracha in central Samaria, was nabbed Tuesday morning when an IDF soldier arrested him, finding two large pipe bombs on his person. What attracted the attention of the soldier was the unusually large bag the Arab was carrying. The soldier stopped the Arab, who was climbing up a hill that leads to Har Bracha, located near Shechem. The soldier grabbed...
  • Jews like Christmas, too [Like Hanukkah, both holidays celebrate miracles and the golden rule]

    12/23/2011 9:09:50 PM PST · by Clive · 10 replies · 8+ views
    Toronto Sun and Sun Media ^ | 2011-12-23 | Lorrie Goldstein
    Being Jewish never interfered with my enjoyment of Christmas or my love for this time of year. As a child, my parents would seat me outside my dad’s store — Al’s Men’s Wear on Yonge Street — to watch the Santa Claus Parade and it never failed to enchant. Then it would be off with mom to see the Christmas windows at Eaton’s and Simpsons, with their animatronic displays of Santa’s workshop and other winter scenes. Visits to jolly department-store Santas were also part of our annual routine and did not make me feel internally conflicted about being Jewish, or...
  • Spinning nothing into gold

    12/22/2011 6:46:24 PM PST · by ancientart
    Aberdeen American News ^ | December 21, 2011 | Art Marmorstein
    This week, Jewish children all over the world will gamble for nuts or coins using a specially marked four-sided top, a dreidel. In Yiddish, the four dreidel letters stand for words nearly identical to those used in a similar game once played by German-speaking children. Nun: nichts. Nothing happens. Pass the top to the next player. Shin: shtel. Put one extra token into the pot. Hey: halb. Take half the pot. Gimmel: ganz. All! Win the whole pot. In Hebrew, though, the four dreidel letters aren't just game instructions but an abbreviation particularly appropriate to the Hanukkah celebration. Nes gadol...
  • Jerry Brown touts solar power as today's Hanukkah 'miracle'

    12/19/2011 6:01:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 12/19/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Gov. Jerry Brown sees a modern day message for proponents of solar power in the story of Hanukkah. Speaking at the Capitol Menorah Lighting this morning, the Democratic governor cast the eight-day Jewish holiday, which begins tomorrow, as a good time to reflect on "the whole idea that we're running out of oil so we need a miracle."
  • Happy Hanukkah from Sarah Palin

    12/19/2011 3:47:14 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 26 replies
    SarahPAC ^ | December 19, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    As Jewish families gather this week to celebrate the Festival of Lights, Todd and I would like to wish them a very Happy Hanukkah. This beautiful holiday commemorates the story of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, following years of struggle by the Maccabees, when one-day’s worth of consecrated oil miraculously lasted for eight. This story never ceases to inspire because it reminds us of the power of faith, hope, and perseverance. The modern State of Israel is the living embodiment of the Hanukkah miracle – a country that was not expected to survive the onslaught of its enemies,...
  • Hanukkah - In Those Days, at This Time

    12/19/2011 7:56:56 AM PST · by Tzfat · 18 replies
    The Land of Israel (YouTube) ^ | 12/18/2011 | Ari Abramowitz andJeremy Gimpel
    What is the miracle of Hanukkah really about? One days' worth of olive oil lasting for 8 days, was indeed, miraculous.... but there is so much more to this holiday than meets the eye. Hanukkah is the miraculous story of the Jewish People, and as you will see -the story never ended. It lives today in our times, through the miracle of the State of Israel, and the modern day Maccabees who stand alongside her. Watch this short and powerful video from Jerusalem, for illuminating insights and fascinating perspectives into the holiday of Hanukkah. Watch the video: Hanukkah - In...
  • Brisket with those latkes? The secret is the right cut, slow cooked

    12/14/2011 1:58:04 PM PST · by DemforBush · 73 replies · 1+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/14/11 | Elizabeth Karmel
    Brisket, a staple of the Hanukkah meal, too often ends up tough, tasteless and gray. But turning this culinary catastrophe into a winner is quite simple. When guests at my restaurant try my version of brisket, they are amazed that it is the same cut of meat that they grew up "not eating!" To make this recipe, it helps to have a smoker, but it isn't necessary. All you need is patience (it takes a long time to cook) and to buy the right cut of meat...
  • Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House

    12/09/2011 12:08:09 AM PST · by Evergolightly · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 8Dec11 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is marking Hanukkah as a story of "faith over doubt." Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House Thursday in an early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Obama said the Hanukkah story was about "right over might, faith over doubt." In the Hanukkah story, a small band of Jews rededicating a Jerusalem temple found that a one-day supply of oil kindled a flame instead for eight. The president noted "our unshakeable support and commitment to the security of the nation of Israel."...
  • Barack Obama, a modern day Antiochus?

    12/11/2011 10:42:12 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    coach is Right ^ | 12/11/2011 | Debbie Leininger
    During his first week in office President Barrack Obama declared America was no longer a Christian nation. During his 2011 Thanksgiving address to the American people he reflected “how truly lucky we truly are.” Instead of offering thanksgiving to the provision and guidance of the Lord God Almighty, President Obama declared the true meaning of Thanksgiving as “Americans drew strength from each other.” Recently the White House held a two-week early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights to “cement America’s support and commitment to the security of Israel.” However, did the President actually use this occasion to once again...
  • Did Obama Confuse Hanukkah and Kwanzaa?

    12/09/2011 2:37:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies ^ | December 9, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yesterday Obama celebrated Hanukkah. That means tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and next Wednesday is New Year's Eve in Obamaville. Hanukkah is not for two weeks, and he lit every candle in the menorah! You're supposed to do it over an eight-day period. He did it all at once just to be done with it. As he says: This is to show my devotion to Israel. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Snerdley, what do you think the odds are that Obama confused Hanukkah and Kwanzaa? When was Kwanzaa invented? (interruption) No, '66. I looked it up. Kwanzaa was invented 1966....
  • Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House

    12/08/2011 5:22:45 PM PST · by ColdOne · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 12/8/11 | AP
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  • Imprisoned Iranian Ayatollah Offers Hanukkah Greetings to Jews

    12/11/2010 7:00:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec. 11, 2010 | Stephen Schwartz
    The name of Iranian ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi is little known outside his own country, which is unfortunate. Ayatollah Boroujerdi has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since 2006. Boroujerdi, aged 50, is an heir to a distinguished Shia clerical family. He was born in Tehran and educated in the Shia religious center of Qom. Like his father, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Ali Kazemeyni Boroujerdi (1924-2002), Boroujerdi preaches the pre-Khomeini interpretation of Iranian Shiism, which calls for religion to be kept apart from politics. His health has been badly affected by the conditions of his imprisonment, yet he...
  • Caption the Obamas at Hanukkah reception at White House

    12/08/2010 8:03:00 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 21 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama watch as Dina Retik lights the Menorah as her mother Susan watches on at a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, December 2, 2010.
  • Move It Sandler -- New Hanukkah Song Released

    12/07/2010 8:19:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Associated Press via 10News ^ | December 7, 2010 | DEEPTI HAJELA
    <p>A singing group from Yeshiva University has a Hanukkah hit on their hands. The Maccabeats' "Candlelight" is sung to the tune of the pop song "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz, and features latkes, candles and a telling of the Hanukkah story. The video for the song has gotten well over 2 million views since its release about a week and a half ago.</p>
  • LIVE 9PM EST The Bibi Report show on Israel Carmel fire and Hanukkah

    12/06/2010 6:00:54 PM PST · by jacobny · 1 replies
    The Bibi Report Radio ^ | 12/06/10 | jacobNY
    As The Jewish nation celebrates Hanukkah, Israel went through its biggest national disaster in history, with Unity, courage and help from the international community, we will discuss the meaning of the incident in these days, Netanyahu's test of leadership, and explain the story of Hanukkah in our days. Our Special guest on the discussion board is: Joshua S. Treviño - a media-savvy communication strategist, president of Treviño Strategies and Media, now Rogue Strategic Services, Joshua is on advisory board on Act For Israel online, He has proved to be a staunch digital advocate of Israel supporting the Jewish State online,...
  • White House hosts Hanukkah party

    12/03/2010 9:10:13 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/03/10 | POLITICO STAFF
    President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hosted a party Thursday marking the second day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Obama offered condolences to those who have died in a forest fire in northern Israel before recounting the story of the Maccabees fighting in the Temple in Jersualem watching a day's worth of oil burn for eight.
  • Sarah Palin: "Happy Hanukkah"

    12/02/2010 9:58:22 PM PST · by onyx · 43 replies · 1+ views
    SARAH PALIN FACEBOOK ^ | Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 11:34pm | SARAH PALIN
    As Jewish families all over the country and the world come together to celebrate the festival of lights – the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting for eight – we are reminded that this holiday is also about the miracle of taking a stand against impossible odds, surviving existential threats, and staying true to one’s values and beliefs through it all. More than two thousand years after the Maccabees rebelled against their oppressors and reconsecrated their Holy Temple, the Jewish people continue to face threats to their existence, and they continue to persevere and overcome great odds....
  • Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House

    12/02/2010 5:25:51 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 2, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House on the second night of the Jewish festival of lights. The celebration occurred in the East Room Thursday, where guests recited traditional prayers while lighting candles in a menorah lent by a congregation in New Orleans that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Miracle - Matisyahu Hanukkah Song Music Video

    12/02/2010 11:19:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | matisyahuTV
    An uplifting pop gem arriving just in time for the holiday, "Miracle," produced by Dr. Luke protégé Kool Kojak (Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Ke$ha), is drenched in a joyful spirit and features chiming synths, bouncing beats and an irresistible chorus. Matisyahu says, "There are so many Christmas songs out there. I wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of. We've got Adam Sandler's song, which is hilarious, but I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday in a fun, celebratory song. My boy Kojak was in town so...
  • Hanukkah Is Not Supposed to Be a Politically Correct Holiday

    12/01/2010 6:01:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 12/1/10 | Jeff Dunetz
    Today is the first day of Hanukkah, Chanukah and/or חנוכה the Jewish holiday that is spelled a hundred ways in English. Along with the joy of the holiday is the sadness that this minor holiday is continually hijacked by the ACLU and other liberal groups who have no idea what the holiday means.
  • Jewish holiday Chanukah is very relevant to what's happening in America today

    12/17/2009 3:53:05 AM PST · by massmike · 4 replies · 444+ views ^ | 12/17/2009 | n/a
    Chanukah is incredibly pertinent to what we're going through right now in America. It's about winning a seemingly unwinnable culture war. In the second century B.C., the rulers of Israel -- the powerful Syrian empire -- had forced paganism on the country with a ruthless force. Pagan holidays, customs, and religious practices were imposed on the citizens of Israel, and statues of pagan gods were erected throughout the country. People who refused to bow down to idols, or make sacrifices to them, were tortured and killed. People were allowed to have some "private" religious beliefs, but no public acknowledgement of...
  • Sarah Palin: Happy Hanukkah

    12/16/2009 11:14:22 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 1 replies · 496+ views
    conservatives4palin ^ | 12/16/09 | conservatives4palin
    Todd and I would like to offer our best wishes to the Jewish community as they celebrate Hanukkah. Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the eight-day miracle that took place when the Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated. Though there was only enough consecrated oil for one day, the flame miraculously burned for eight – just long enough to prepare more. This beautiful story is rich with life lessons for members of all faiths. With hope and dedication nothing is impossible, and the Almighty never abandons those who seek the light. - Sarah Palin “Trace the universe back to...
  • Sarah Palin On Facebook: Happy Chanukah

    12/16/2009 5:17:21 AM PST · by MaxCUA · 6 replies · 498+ views
    Todd and I would like to offer our best wishes to the Jewish community as they celebrate Hanukkah. Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the eight-day miracle that took place when the Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated. Though there was only enough consecrated oil for one day, the flame miraculously burned for eight – just long enough to prepare more. This beautiful story is rich with life lessons for members of all faiths. With hope and dedication nothing is impossible, and the Almighty never abandons those who seek the light.
  • New Obama Party Kerfuffle: Downsizing Hanukkah

    Just because no one is too worried about gate crashers showing up at the White House Hanukkah party doesn't mean the guest list isn't being watched very carefully. The annual celebration has grown in recent years into an important bellwether in American Jewish circles, a sign of which leaders are in good graces and who is losing clout. So the Obama administration's announcement that it was cutting the size of the Dec. 16 party by more than a third has left many wondering who will make the cut, and what some might do to get their name added to the...
  • The Messiah in Hanukkah - Messianic Significance of Chanukah

    12/14/2009 2:15:15 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies · 261+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 12/12/09 | Robin Sampson
    The law did not require Jews to be at the Temple in Jerusalem, as this was not one of the pilgrimage festivals. Every one observed it in his own place, not as a holy time. Jesus was there that He might improve those eight days of holiday for good purposes. Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch when the Sadduciens asked him “How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ tell us.” They pretended to want to know the truth, as if they were ready to embrace it; but it was not their intention....
  • Tea Party patriots reminiscent of Jewish Maccabees

    12/13/2009 8:03:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 915+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 13, 2009 | Harold Witkov
    Are today's American Tea Party patriots anything like the Jewish Maccabees of ancient times? The Jewish eight-day holiday of Hanukah began Friday night. The holiday marks the successful BCE revolt of the Jews of Judea over their Greco-Syrian occupiers. For many years, the Jews of Judea were resigned to their fate and accepted the presence of their conquerors. With the passage of time, however, the Greco-Syrian occupiers began to force their pagan ways upon the Jews and prohibit Jewish religious practices. The loss of rights proved too much to bear for many Jews and a grassroots opposition movement began, led...
  • White House Draws Fire Over Hanukkah Party

    12/13/2009 12:42:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 1,165+ views
    CBS) ^ | Friday, 11 December 2009 11:52AM
    At the White House, as the Obama administration is learning all too well, a party is never a simple affair. One bone of contention has been the guest list: Administration officials say they are inviting 550 people, just 50 less than President Bush invited to his White House Hanukkah parties. But reports in the Israeli press spawned fast-spreading rumors that the Obama White House was only inviting 400 – and that the Bush White House had actually invited twice that number. It was, some suggested, a snub – and one that critics said should not come as a surprise. The...
  • What is Hanukkah?

    12/12/2009 5:39:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies · 1,089+ views ^ | December 12, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    This evening we light the first candle on the Hanukkah menorah, for it's the first night of this minor eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one over the years. There are blessings to be recited, songs to be sung, latkes to be eaten . . . . But just what does Hanukkah celebrate? Answer: A successful Jewish revolt against a Syrian empire ruled by the Seleucid dynasty of Greek kings some 2,200 years ago. Well, not exactly. The revolt was not so much against the Syrian emperor, Antiochus Epiphanes, as against his attempt to impose Hellenistic culture on ancient...
  • The Messiah in Hanukkah - Messianic Significance of Chanukah

    12/12/2009 11:55:39 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 21 replies · 563+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 12/12/09 | Robin Sampson
    The law did not require Jews to be at the Temple in Jerusalem, as this was not one of the pilgrimage festivals. Every one observed it in his own place, not as a holy time. Jesus was there that He might improve those eight days of holiday for good purposes. Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch when the Sadduciens asked him “How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ tell us.” They pretended to want to know the truth, as if they were ready to embrace it; but it was not their intention....
  • If It Involves Jews, Chabad's Tiny But Far Flung News Organization Is On It

    12/27/2008 9:40:05 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 540+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/27/2008 | Alan Feuer
    When the news broke on Thursday of a freakish traffic accident that injured several people at the Chanukah Wonderland workshop run by the Lubavitch community of Woodmere, on Long Island, the story was picked up by the usual suspects: Newsday, The Daily News, The New York Post and The Associated Press. It also happened to be that day’s top North American offering of a much smaller — and somewhat more specialized — journalistic venture: News. Written and produced from a small home office in Israel by a husband-and-wife team, News is a nonprofit international reporting operation that focuses...
  • Politics and Poetry in Season

    12/26/2008 4:39:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 243+ views ^ | December 26, 2008 | Suzanne Fields
    The holiday season is all ablaze, with lights to brighten the eye and warm the spirit. The candles of Hanukkah, recalling the triumph of the Maccabees in repulsing an army of Syrians who tried to evict the Jews from ancient Israel, twinkle for eight days in the Jewish "festival of the lights." The lights of Christmas celebrate the birth of Christ, symbolizing the coming of the Messiah and the triumph of light over darkness in a world of suffering. It's a season about survival, of standing up to evil forces. The lighting of the candles for the rededicated temple commemorates...
  • Jews celebrate victory of good over evil at Gateway

    12/25/2008 7:12:54 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 1 replies · 358+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 26 Dec., 2008 | The Times of India
    MUMBAI: "Is it safe to be here, all of us together?'' asked a Jewish woman before seating herself on a chair facing the Gateway of India. A retired colonel reassured her. Fighting back fears of congregating at a public place, a sizeable number of Jews-both Indians and foreigners-came forward to attend a prayer meeting organised by Chabad House on the occasion of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. While Moshe, the orphaned child of Rabbi Gavriel-who was claimed by the terror attack at Nariman House-was conspicuous by his absence, his grandparents-Shimon and Yehudit...
  • Nativity scene and menorah in Central Park [Catholic League display in NYC on public property]

    12/22/2008 6:10:50 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Spero News ^ | December 18, 2008 | William Donohue
    Take note all ye cultural fascists out to annihilate Christmas: The Catholic League has a nativity scene on public property in New York City, right in Central Park. We deliberately put it on the corner of 59th and 5th so that New Yorkers taking the 5th Avenue bus downtown can’t avoid seeing it. Indeed, it’s impossible to miss. Next to it will be the world’s largest menorah, a religious symbol that some dunce lawyers still think is a secular symbol. “Every year we get a permit from the New York City Parks Department to display our life-sized crèche in Central...