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  • Governor Palin Celebrates Hanukkah (Photo Gallery)

    12/22/2008 6:30:17 PM PST · by curth · 43 replies · 1,711+ views
    State Of Alaska ^ | 12/22/2008 | Curth
    Governor Sarah Palin celebrates the first day of Hanukkah with members of the Jewish community in downtown Anchorage.
  • Hanukkah For Dhimmis (Excuse Us, Dummies)

    12/22/2008 3:56:16 PM PST · by dbz77 · 4 replies · 407+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | December 22, 2008 | Bill Levinson
    Hanukkah for Dhimmis (excuse us, Dummies) by Bill Levinson (originally posted in December 2006) Hanukkah is often called “the Jewish Christmas” because it takes place at about the same time of year. There is in fact a very strong connection between the two holidays; had it not been for the events that Hanukkah commemorates, there would be no Christmas. Hanukkah is about standing up to those who menace one’s home, family, or way of life as opposed to singing “Kumbaya” with them. We have often pointed out that science fiction and fantasy societies are based on real human societies, and...
  • Polish president, in historic first, visits Warsaw synagogue for Hanukkah celebration (SEE PICTURES)

    12/21/2008 11:50:05 AM PST · by lizol · 14 replies · 658+ views ^ | December 21, 2008 | VANESSA GERA
    Polish president, in historic first, visits Warsaw synagogue for Hanukkah celebration By VANESSA GERA | Associated Press Writer 2:15 PM EST, December 21, 2008 WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president celebrated the start of Hanukkah in a Warsaw synagogue Sunday in a gesture the city's Jewish community greeted as a historic step in its revival. Lech Kaczynski's visit marked the first time the head of state has attended a religious service at a synagogue in Poland, whose Jewish population was nearly wiped out in the Holocaust and later suffered from communist-era repression. The visit "means we're in a normal country...
  • On Long Island, faith, freedom among Hanukkah themes

    12/21/2008 11:30:52 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 219+ views
    The power of Hanukkah is rooted in miracles, including the legend of one night's oil that burned for eight days after Jewish warriors reconquered a sacred temple. The second century BC rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem is commemorated by Hanukkah, an eight-day festival that begins tonight. Today, more than 2,000 years later, Jewish leaders say that faith and hope continue to resonate as appropriate themes for a celebration taking place in difficult times. They cite the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic crisis and, locally, what police describe as the hate-crime death of an Ecuadorean immigrant in Patchogue....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Presidential 2008 Military Message for Hanukkah ~ Dec 21 2008

    12/20/2008 5:06:29 PM PST · by Brad’s Gramma · 214 replies · 1,898+ views
    The Canteen Crew ^ | December 20, 2008 | Serving the Best Troops and Vets in the WORLD!
    Presidential Message The story of Hanukkah recalls the miraculous victory of a small band of patriots against tyranny, and the oil that burned for eight nights. Through centuries of exile and persecution, Jews have lit the menorah. Each year, they behold its glow with faith in the power of God, and love for His greatest gift -- freedom. This Hanukkah we celebrate another miraculous victory -- the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. When President Harry Truman led the world in recognizing Israel in May of 1948, many wondered whether the small nation could possibly...
  • Looking for Jesus? Try GPS (Good one!)

    12/11/2008 9:21:18 AM PST · by llevrok · 8 replies · 567+ views
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 12/11/08 | Eric Gorski
    Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn’t follow a star to locate him. A GPS device mounted inside the life-size figurine led sheriff’s deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft. Giving up on old-fashioned padlocks and trust, some churches, synagogues, governments and ordinary citizens are turning to technology to protect holiday displays from pranks or prejudice. About 70 churches and synagogues eager to avoid the December police blotter jumped at a...
  • The Jewish Case For "Merry Christmas" (Don Feder Says Believe It Or Not, Its Good For Jews Alert)

    12/07/2006 1:01:42 AM PST · by goldstategop · 52 replies · 1,185+ views ^ | 12/07/2006 | Don Feder
    You may find the title confusing. After all, religious Jews don’t celebrate Christmas. So why should a Jew care if a store clerk says “Merry Christmas?” Why should the public disappearance of Christmas matter to the Jewish people? Patience. All will be explained in due course. In the meantime, ‘tis the season to be politically correct – a coast-to-coast harkening-free zone and the tyranny of hyper-sensitivity. The increasingly successful effort to purge Christmas from our culture (correctly called the War on Christmas) proceeds apace – municipal Christmas trees are re-christened (no pun intended) “holiday trees,” schools ban Christmas decorations and...
  • MAF Announcing Honoring Heroes at the Holidays II (FR Members Help Needed!)

    12/10/2008 11:41:17 AM PST · by Syncro · 16 replies · 1,479+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | December 10, 2008 | Staff
    MAF Announcing Honoring Heroes at the Holidays IIMove America Forward is thrilled to announce that we are bringing back Honoring Heroes at the Holidays to honor our troops again this Christmas and holiday season! Last year, MAF introduced Honoring Heroes at the Holidays and traveled to cities all over the country. We were so excited by the results that we had to do it again for 2008! Our troops deserve to know that we love and appreciate them! Starting December 13th, we’ll once again be hitting the road to take our message to the people of America who want to...
  • Spokane (WA) school newsletter omits Christmas from December dates

    11/30/2007 1:41:35 PM PST · by teacherwoes · 27 replies · 312+ views
    SPOKANE, Wash. - They made a list, but they should have checked it twice. In a December newsletter to the families of elementary school students, Spokane Public Schools' list of "important dates" didn't include Christmas. Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, winter break, the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, first day of winter and Kwanzaa all made the list. But no Christmas. "It was absolutely an error of omission," district spokeswoman Terren Roloff said. "In our efforts to be inclusive, we missed the obvious." The omission drew complaints from some parents that in an age of political correctness, Christians are being overlooked...
  • Greens, Atheists Attack Chanukah Candles cause global warming, Maccabees compared to Osama.

    12/14/2007 7:12:57 PM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 32 replies · 537+ views
    The Jewish Week ^ | 12/12/2007 | by Jonathan Mark
    Christopher Hitchens’ attack on Chanukah has received no major push-back to date in major media outlets. Several weeks ago, the Jewish world shook its collective fist at Ann Coulter’s audacity in admitting on CNBC (Oct. 8) that she, a Christian, believed in Christianity: “We just want Jews to be perfected,” said Coulter. “That’s what Christianity is.” The Anti-Defamation called her “anti-Semitic.” They lectured her about the power of words “to injure others and fuel hatred.” On the Web, the popular blog Wonkette, blared, how will Coulter “finally complete Hitler’s Dream? She’s going to convert all the poor lost Jews to...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 12-10-07

    12/10/2007 5:38:01 PM PST · by snugs · 73 replies · 1,943+ views
    The President and First Lady spent the weekend in Washington attending church in the morning and the taping of "Christmas in Washington" later in the day. Today the President met with Jewish leader in the Roosevelt Room and also attended a Hanukkah reception at the White House. Today The First Lady makes opening remarks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House during a video teleconference regarding the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in recognition of International Human Rights Day. Today Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spokes at the Women's Foreign Policy Group's annual Luncheon in Washington. Pray...
  • President Bush Hosts Hanukkah Reception (Plus, Daniel Pearl's Parents Light Menorah)

    12/10/2007 5:07:05 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 21 replies · 84+ views
    White House ^ | December 10, 2007
    Please click on the link and then on the "play video" to hear President Bush's speech at the annual White House Chanukah Party. Afterward, Daniel Pearl's parents, Ruth and Judea light the chanukiah. (No offense to anyone, but I'd turn it off after "Maoz Tzur".) Text of speech: 5:27 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Good evening. Laura and I welcome you to the White House. Mr. Attorney General, thank you for being here. Secretary Chertoff, and family. Hanukkah is a time of joy and festivity in the Jewish religion. We're honored to gather with members of the Jewish community...
  • Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is (vanity)

    11/23/2007 3:44:32 PM PST · by Lexinom · 104 replies · 368+ views
    <self> | 11/23/2007 | <self>
    Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah FRiends! This is the time of year that is special because is engenders the spirit of giving and selflessness of its sacred origins. Each of us, in his or her own way, has a special place in our heart for this joyful time. As we put others' needs and desires first, as we look forward to the expression of surprise and delight on our loved ones' faces as they receive our gifts, as we peruse the ailes, let us consider the economic import of our duty. Some...
  • Christmas & Hanukkah Gift Ideas For Your The Muslim Jihadists You Love

    11/25/2007 5:47:29 AM PST · by roguejew1965 · 5 replies · 175+ views
    MensNewsDaily ^ | 11/25/2007 | Ze'ev Haas
    Are you having trouble trying to figure out what to buy your favorite Jihadist for Christmas this year? Look no further, The Rogue Jew is here to help you out so that you don’t LOSE YOUR HEAD this holiday season, we wouldn’t want to disappoint that favorite IslamoNazi in your life. Is there a Muslim that you know that likes to go camping in Iraq or Iran? Perhaps he or she enjoys those nice long weekend getaway at their favorite cave in the mountain regions of Afghanistan? For that special Islamofacist/Outdoor enthusiast, the Koran now comes in two ply. No...
  • New York store red faced over 'Hanukkah hams'

    12/06/2007 11:05:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 163 replies · 760+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 6 2007
    A posh food store in New York's Greenwich Village has found itself red faced after offering hams for sale with the slogan "Delicious for Hanukkah," the current Jewish religious holiday. The non-kosher labelling was spotted at the weekend by Manhattan novelist Nancy Kay Shapiro, 46, who decided instead of alerting management to take a picture of the unorthodox sign and post it on the Internet. "I just thought it was funny," Shapiro, who described herself as an unobservant Jew, told the New York Post. "I wasn't offended in any way. I just thought, here's somebody who knows nothing about what...
  • Bah, Hanukkah--the holiday celebrates the triumph of tribal Jewish backwardness.

    12/04/2007 1:01:29 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 45 replies · 287+ views
    Slate ^ | 12/03/'07 | Christopher Hitchens
    And so we have a semiofficial celebration of Hanukkah, complete with menorah, to celebrate not the ignition of a light but the imposition of theocratic darkness. Jewish orthodoxy possesses the interesting feature of naming and combating the idea of the apikoros or "Epicurean"—the intellectual renegade who prefers Athens to Jerusalem and the schools of philosophy to the grim old routines of the Torah. About a century and a half before the alleged birth of the supposed Jesus of Nazareth (another event that receives semiofficial recognition at this time of the year), the Greek or Epicurean style had begun to gain...
  • 'Green Hanukkia' campaign sparks ire [one less candle lit on the Menorah reduces global warming?!?]

    12/04/2007 12:50:14 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 188+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 4, 2007 | GIL HOFFMAN
    In a campaign that has spread like wildfire across the Internet, a group of Israeli environmentalists is encouraging Jews around the world to light at least one less candle this Hanukka to help the environment. The founders of the Green Hanukkia campaign found that every candle that burns completely produces 15 grams of carbon dioxide. If an estimated one million Israeli households light for eight days, they said, it would do significant damage to the atmosphere. "The campaign calls for Jews around the world to save the last candle and save the planet, so we won't need another miracle," said...
  • Happy HANUKKAH!! (Pictures from Moscow & Israel)

    12/04/2007 2:55:50 PM PST · by Alouette · 48 replies · 99+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Dec. 4, 2007
    Jewish men celebrate Hanukkah at Manezhnaya square in the centre of Moscow December 4, 2007. The Hanukkah holiday, or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important Jewish holidays and is celebrated by Jews worldwide. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) ALOUETTE'S SON Jewish men celebrate Hanukkah at Manezhnaya square in the centre of Moscow December 4, 2007. The Hanukkah holiday, or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important Jewish holidays and is celebrated by Jews worldwide. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA) Ultra Orthodox Jewish men light candles on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in a Jewish neighborhood of...
  • The Real Hanukah: A Celebration of the Religious Right

    12/04/2007 1:29:33 PM PST · by Alouette · 9 replies · 250+ views ^ | Dec. 13, 2006 | Michael Medved
    Who are the bad guys in the Hanukah story? And who are the good guys? These are serious questions with serious consequences. Most Jews (and certainly most Christians) dismiss the winter holiday as a trivial, feel-good festival about candles, potato pancakes, spinning tops (dreidls),and eight nights of gifts, without coming to terms with its serious, relevant and distinctly uncomfortable messages. While frequently (and fatuously) described as a “celebration of tolerance,” Hanukah is more properly designated as an annual re-dedication to the values of the Religious Right. No wonder that so many American Jews (with their reflexive, often ignorant liberal instincts)...
  • Build a Snowman

    07/12/2007 4:14:02 PM PDT · by Greg F · 18 replies · 538+ views
    PBS ^ | PBS Kids
    Link through to build a snowman on PBS' childrens website. Step 2 is to pick your favorite winter holiday. Pick your favorite winter holiday: Now is it: Chinese New Year? Groundhog Day? Valentines Day? Kwaanza? If not . . . that's not a choice the PBS kids site offers the children.
  • Christmas / Hanukkah Flag with Greetings from Silly

    12/20/2006 8:05:12 PM PST · by Silly · 85 replies · 1,108+ views
    Silly's heart, soul, mind and strength ^ | December 20, 2006 | Paul Klenk
  • NY Times Columnist Celebrates Hanukkah for the Hellenized

    12/18/2006 6:06:33 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies · 859+ views
    New York Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Put down the candles and step slowly away from the menorah." That's what I felt like shouting at Jennifer Michael Hecht. In her pay-per-view New York Times column of today, she managed to turn the Festival of Light into a celebration of multi-culturalism and the rejection of traditional Judaism. Hanukkah celebrates "a revolution against assimilation and the suppression of Jewish religion." Syrian-Greeks had colonialized Israel, overturned the Temple, and turned Jews away from their religion. A small band of faithful Jews defeated the Greek army, drove them from the Israel, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it...
  • In Warsaw, hundreds gather to celebrate Hanukkah and light menorah (see pictures)

    12/17/2006 11:00:38 AM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 517+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | December 17, 2006
    In Warsaw, hundreds gather to celebrate Hanukkah and light menorah The Associated Press Published: December 17, 2006 WARSAW, Poland: Jewish leaders and Poland's first lady lit candles of a large menorah in central Warsaw on Sunday as they celebrated the third day of Hanukkah, or the Jewish Festival of Lights. The country's Chief Orthodox Rabbi Michael Schudrich chanted prayers in Hebrew before Maria Kaczynski, the wife of President Lech Kaczynski, lit a candle and wished happy Hanukkah to the hundreds who gathered on Grzybowski Square, which lies in the heart of the capital's once-thriving prewar Jewish community. Israeli Ambassador David...
  • My Real Holiday (Hanukkah reason, tradition and fact)

    12/16/2006 7:01:39 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 5 replies · 605+ views
    New York Times ^ | 16 December 2006 | Jennifer Hecht
    Hanukkah has an identity problem — and not just because it’s overshadowed by Christmas. It is often disowned by the very people who celebrate it. Must my fellow Jews forever explain to Christians how Hanukkah is not a real holiday, even though it is the only Jewish holiday represented at the local drug store? Maybe if they knew more about Hanukkah, they’d understand that it is celebrated precisely because it is a Jewish alternative to Christmas. The story of Hanukkah is old; only its celebration is new. In the 19th century, many Jews lived secular lives, practicing few of the...
  • The***OFFICIAL***Weekend Singles' Thread-(December 15-17, 2006)Christmas Countdown: One Week to Go!

    12/15/2006 12:47:06 PM PST · by DollyCali · 862 replies · 4,411+ views
    DollyCali / Snugs & All the Singles at FRee Republic | 15 December 2006 | DollyCali and Snugs
    Countdown: One week left for Christmas… and Hanukkah begins today at sunset. Many have been ready for months. Many haven’t started preps. Many will have NO preps but just go out elsewhere. For those last minute gifts….last minute food prep… last minute decorating… Let’s share our ideas. Gifts Gift cards, gift certificates are ALWAYS great. For gasoline, Malls, specialty shops, book stores, food stores etc. People really like to pick out their own stuff. They really do. Budget tight? Homemade is so nice..or make your own “gift certificates”.. Good for one(or more)..back-rubs, foot-rubs, car washes, window cleaning, car cleaning,...
  • 8 candles, 9 children, and a grandmother who survived the Holocaust

    12/15/2006 4:42:57 AM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 229+ views
    YNet ^ | Dec. 15, 2006 | Mali Green
    After nine kids, the annual nursery school Hanukkah parties lose some of their luster. To be perfectly honest – they even become something of a pain. That is until Grandma, an Auschwitz survivor, reminded the Green family of what the holiday spirit is all about Mali Green Published: 12.14.06, 23:39 The invitation sent home for the upcoming Hanukkah party assumed its traditional place of honor on the refrigerator door, where three other invites immediately joined it. One shaped like a menorah, the second a dreidel and a third the spitting image of a sufganiya (traditional Hanukkah pastry). The only common...
  • Sharply Divided Court Upholds City's Anti-Christian Ban of Nativity

    02/06/2006 12:02:36 PM PST · by SonofLiberty1 · 14 replies · 519+ views
    Thomas More Law Center | Fri, February 3, 2006
    Sharply Divided Court Upholds City's Anti-Christian Ban of Nativity in New York City Public Schools ANN ARBOR, MI — A sharply divided panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that it is constitutionally permissible for New York City public schools to ban the display of the Christian nativity during Christmas, while permitting the display of the Jewish menorah and the Islamic star and crescent during Hanukkah and Ramadan. The legal challenge to this policy was brought by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Ms. Andrea Skoros and her two children, who attend...
  • The Chanukah Candle that Inspired George Washington

    01/03/2006 3:36:54 AM PST · by hlmencken3 · 17 replies · 605+ views ^ | Jamuary 1, 2006 | Rabbi Yehuda Mandelcorn
    The Chanukah Candle that Inspired George Washington Given by Reb Given to Rebbetzen Sternberg to type five years ago by Rabbi Yehuda Mandelcorn zt"l . May this be a blessing and inspirtation for you, in his Memory Chanukah (1775) 5537. A difficult winter. Terrible cold. We are sitting in Valley Forge and waiting. Why? I don’t know. Perhaps for better days than these. I am the only Jew here. Perhaps there are other Jews among us, but I haven’t seen any. We hunger for bread. We have no warm clothing or shoes to protect our feet. Most of the soldiers...
  • Black Jews have unique perspective on holiday season

    01/01/2006 7:39:01 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 411+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 1-1-05 | Robin Washington
    Originally published December 30, 2005 DULUTH, MINN. // For Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated this week, the black Jewish community in Duluth is having - Let me rephrase that. There isn't a black Jewish community in Duluth, except me. It used to be my daughter and me about 20 years ago. But we moved from Minnesota to Massachusetts, and now that she's grown and established in her career, she has no immediate need to move back. I did return, and here I am. Duluth aside, there actually are a lot of black Jews. Ethiopian Jews are well known, and...
  • Jews in Rome Light Hanukkah Candles in Front of Iran Embassy in Demonstration

    12/29/2005 8:40:18 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 483+ views ^ | December 28, 2005 | Associated Press
    Jews in Rome Light Hanukkah Candles in Front of Iran Embassy in Demonstration Associated Press Rome, Dec. 28 - Members of Rome's Jewish community lit Hanukkah candles in front of the Iranian Embassy on Wednesday in what they said was a peaceful response to comments by the Iranian president that the Holocaust was a "myth." Two of the people who lit the candles were World War II concentration camp survivors, and a third was an Iranian Jew. "We want to bring the light and not fire to the world," said Rome's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni. "The story of Hannukah...
  • Hanukkah in Russia (religious symbols on state property, call the ACLU errr the RCLU)

    12/28/2005 10:01:40 PM PST · by jb6 · 3 replies · 299+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 28/ 12/ 2005 | Marianna Belenkaya
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political observer Marianna Belenkaya.) -- Even now, representatives of all Jewish organizations celebrating Hanukkah in Moscow are unanimous in saying that the real miracle is that Russia has this holiday. Only fifteen years ago no one would have believed it possible to openly celebrate Jewish holidays in this country. The Jewish community in Russia today is a living proof that miracles did not happen only in ancient times and can occur even today. For several successive years, a hanukiah, or a nine-candle menorah, has been placed in the heart of Moscow, in Manezh Square near the Kremlin....
  • 2nd MLG celebrates religious diversity during holiday season

    12/28/2005 5:23:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 471+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Wayne Edmiston
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 28, 2005) -- December is a month of celebration for multiple faiths, making the holiday season an extra busy time for chaplains in Iraq. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Islamic Hajj, Navy Capt. Vince Arnold, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) group chaplain, knows the importance of providing for all service members, regardless of religious preferences. “This time of a year the three main religious groups being Judaism, Christianity and Islam, trace back their genealogy to one person: Abraham,” The Newport, N.C. native said. “It’s interesting that we are in Iraq during this season because this...
  • Rant

    12/28/2005 4:23:52 AM PST · by far rider · 12 replies · 533+ views
    When did being obnoxious start getting confused with being intellectual? Honestly, I was just in another forum where somebody posted a picture of Jesus hanging on a cross with the caption "Happy Hanukkah, we killed your savior." Didn't these same people bitch and moan when the "Passion Of The Christ" came out because they said Mel Gibson was trying to say just that? But now if you're a left winger you can make a joke out of it and it's okay? The people who do this sort of thing call it "discussion". If you respond to them in like manner,...
  • No permanent public spot for menorah in Ft. Collins - for now

    12/28/2005 7:11:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 179+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 28, 2005 | Jean Torkelson
    A rabbi from Down Under has persuaded the city of Fort Collins to rise above a tradition that excludes menorah displays - but not in time to make tonight's Hanukkah celebration a permanent part of the 2005 holiday landscape. "You'd think we asked to put a stuffed kangaroo on display," said Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, an Australian who moved to Fort Collins four months ago. "They weren't malicious but it was like, 'We don't do things like that.' " Last week the city turned down Gorelik's request to let a menorah remain on the public square - literally - alongside the...
  • Chabad Gives Chanukah 2005 Greatest Exposure Ever

    12/28/2005 7:18:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies · 358+ views ^ | 12-28-05 | Rivka Chaya Berman
    Chabad Gives Chanukah 2005 Greatest Exposure Ever Stopping traffic in Malibu (photo courtesy: WAIKIKI, HAWAII — Tuesday, December 27, 2005   blue Lego piece clutched in his chubby fingers, Zhak Goldemberg-Levy, just 21 months old, built a menorah with a little help from his grandfather Liviu Goldemberg at Chabad of Hawaii’s Chanukah celebration. Later, Hawaii’s Jewish Governor Linda Lingle lit a ten-foot-tall, 5,000-piece Lego menorah at Waikiki’s Gateway Park. Chabad of Hawaii’s recipe of child-friendly activities, a creative jumbo menorah, and a public figure to light it typified this year’s framework for Chabad-Lubavitch Chanukah celebrations. Spin a globe, plant a...
  • He Defends Christmas … and Hanukkah … and Ramadan

    12/28/2005 6:15:10 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 559+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 18-31, 2005 | Kevin Seamus Hasson
    Kevin Seamus Hasson is busy this time of year. The founder and president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm dedicated to protecting religious liberty, Hasson is busy with numerous challenges to Nativity scenes on public property. Author of the new book The Right to Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America (Encounter, 2005), Hasson once worked under Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. He spoke to Register correspondent Joseph A. D’Agostino. Some will argue that if we continue to allow Christmas trees and menorahs, some day we will have Islamic crescents, Wiccan...
  • Ultra-Orthodox still bilking the public [Goebbels Would Be Proud]

    12/27/2005 6:49:07 PM PST · by Alouette · 21 replies · 656+ views
    Idiot Acharonot ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | B. Michael
    There is no doubt that mountains of potato latkes will be consumed this week, thanks to the terrific work of Yaakov Litzman, chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee. Once again, this terrific man has worked wonders. This celebratory item appeared in the ultra-Orthodox newspaper "Hamodia" this past weekend, Shabbat Parashat Vayeshev (December 23 to us goyim): "Every yeshiva student will receive a Chanukah bonus this week… financed by a special finance ministry dispensation of NIS 41 million (USD 8.9 million)… every married student will receive NIS 600 (USD 130); single men will receive NIS 330 (USD 71)." That's a lot...

    12/27/2005 4:31:55 AM PST · by Alouette · 43 replies · 742+ views
    Yahoo photo slideshow ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | Yahoo photos
    Happy Hanukkah to FREEPERS! Menorahs around the world, including Israel, Washington DC, Moscow, Berlin, and China. One of these pictures features a special young man that I am very proud of. :)
  • Jewish volunteers from around the country spend their Hanukkah rebuilding New Orleans

    12/26/2005 10:57:21 PM PST · by caryatid · 7 replies · 489+ views | December 26, 2005 | Ben Lemoine
    Christmas falls on the first day of Hanukkah this year, only the fourth time that has happened in the last 100 years. Hanukkah is the celebration of the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple 2,100 years ago, but for many Jews volunteering here, it's also the celebration of the rebirth of New Orleans. Holiday season a time of reflection, renewal It is times like these people tend to get somewhat stronger or weaker. For Rabbi Andy Busch, who began working at the Touro Synagogue three weeks prior to Hurricane Katrina, it is a time to remind people what they're remembering and...
  • News briefs from Southern California [No more menorah, but Christmas tree stays.]

    12/25/2005 11:58:42 PM PST · by familyop · 20 replies · 669+ views
    In an effort to eliminate all religious symbols from the shopping center, management of Paseo Colorado is ending an annual Hanukkah menorah display. But the mall's towering Christmas tree stays: Paseo Colorado managers said the tree isn't a religious symbol. The shopping center has displayed the 13-foot-tall menorah - sponsored by Chabad of Pasadena, a Jewish congregation of about 300 people - for the past three years. The menorah is not allowed because religious symbols are not appropriate in the commercial center, which has no religious affiliation, said Colleen Dunn, regional general manager for Ohio-based Developers Diversified Realty, which manages...
  • Menorah destroyed by vandals in Orange County

    12/25/2005 9:58:45 PM PST · by Nice50BMG · 68 replies · 4,508+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12-25-2005 | Associated Press
    Menorah destroyed by vandals in Orange County Associated Press MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - A public menorah erected on an Orange County town green to encourage understanding about Judaism and Hanukkah was destroyed by vandals. The 150-pound menorah, which was 15 feet high and 10 feet wide, was placed earlier this month in Ladera Ranch, a planned community near Mission Viejo. One or more vandals struck between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, cutting the menorah's stem, breaking its lightbulbs, and smashing its stars, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Lloyd Downing. He said the incident has been labeled a hate...
  • Hanukkah for Dummies (and the Union for Reform Judaism, but I repeat myself)

    12/25/2005 6:38:21 PM PST · by avile · 8 replies · 471+ views
    israpundit ^ | Bill Levinson
    Hanukkah for Dummies (and the Union for Reform Judaism, but I repeat myself) by Bill Levinson In 2000, Rabbi Eric Yoffie of the Union of "American" "Hebrew" Congregations (UAHC), now the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), allowed himself to make the following noises: Controlling guns is not only a political matter, it is a solemn religious obligation. Our gun-flooded society has turned weapons into idols, and the worship of idols must be recognized for what it is-blasphemy. Although 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations like UAHC are not allowed to endorse political candidates, Yoffie said this at a thinly-disguised May 2000 campaign rally...
  • Defying 'Silent Night' in Pennsylvania [Angry Liberal Christmas-Hater]

    12/25/2005 10:37:22 AM PST · by Alouette · 283 replies · 7,349+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 25, 2005 | Judy Maltz
    I must admit that I never knew the lyrics to "Silent Night," that most famous of Christmas songs, until I was well into the prime of my life. There was no reason I should have, though. Growing up in a tightly knit Orthodox community in New Jersey, I attended Jewish day schools and Jewish camps and was active in Jewish youth movements, as insulated from the Gentile world as anyone could possibly be. My first real contact with non-Jews came during my college years in New York, but even then, most of my closest friends were Jewish, and my Christmas...
  • Moscow Greets Chanukah by Lighting Giant Menorah Near the Kremlin

    12/25/2005 7:59:20 AM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 544+ views ^ | Dec. 25, 2005
    MOSCOW, Russia – Chanukah celebrations get underway in Moscow on the evening of Sunday, December 25th at 4:30 PM. At that time, Manezhnaya Square, located just opposite the Kremlin, will feature the lighting of a giant 24-foot Menorah, ushering in the holiday in Russia. The Menorah lighting ceremony will be graced by the presence of Moscow Mayor Yuri Lushkov, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar and Federation of Jewish Communities President Lev Leviev, along with other celebrities, dignitaries and hundreds of Moscow Jews. The Menorah lighting will be followed by a festive Chanukah concert, which has already been sold out,...
  • Lighting ceremony goes private after compromise [Seculars Protest Hanukkah Menorah]

    12/25/2005 7:53:41 AM PST · by Alouette · 39 replies · 1,012+ views
    ECNnews ^ | Dec. 25, 2005 | Stacie N. Galang
    PEABODY — Mayor Michael Bonfanti will not attend tomorrow night's menorah lighting ceremony at City Hall, as part of a compromise between the city and local religious leaders. The practice of lighting a large menorah in front of City Hall to mark the start of Hanukkah began last year when Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman of Chabad of Peabody, a Jewish outreach group unaffiliated with a Peabody synagogue, approached Bonfanti about placing a menorah at City Hall and asking him to light one of the candles. Chabad had a public lighting ceremony on the first night of the eight-day holiday last year....
  • Herbert London on the joys of Chanukah at the White House

    12/24/2005 7:31:44 PM PST · by JBGUSA · 5 replies · 283+ views
    New York Sun ^ | December 23, 2005 | Herbert London
    Incongruous Scene Of course, Muslim denunciation of Christians and Jews is widely accepted. On an Egyptian television children’s special, Jews were recently described as having "turned into apes,".... *snip* President Bush and Mrs. Bush greeted everyone with their usual cordiality. In fact, the president lit Chanukah candles and proceeded to tell the tale of this celebration. *snip* There they were, 10 bearded men, bobbing up and down in prayer, in of all places the Dolley Madison room at the White House. I could not conceive of a more incongruous scene. Here in what is ostensibly a Christian country, in a...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Presidential 2005 Military Messages for Christmas and Hanukkah ~ Dec 25 2005

    12/24/2005 5:13:28 PM PST · by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub · 793 replies · 6,519+ views
    President George W Bush
        Presidential Message: Christmas 2005 'Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel' which means, God with us. Matthew 1:23 More than 2,000 years ago, a virgin gave birth to a Son, and the God of heaven came to Earth. Mankind had received its Savior, and to those who had dwelled in darkness, the light of hope had come. Each Christmas, we celebrate that first coming anew, and we rejoice in the knowledge that the God who came to Earth that night in Bethlehem is with us still and will...
  • Jewish Children Await 'Bubbie and Zadie'

    12/24/2005 9:54:23 AM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies · 253+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | December 23, 2005 | Matt Sedensky
    The letters pour in from children around the world, telling two magical far-off figures their holiday wishes. These missives aren't sent to Santa Claus. They come from Jewish boys and girls who, for so long, had no one to write each December. They're for an ageless Kansas City couple known simply by Yiddish derivatives for grandmother and grandfather, Bubbie and Zadie...
  • Expressions of faith (Hanukkah in small town Texas)

    12/23/2005 2:39:47 PM PST · by Liberty Valance · 5 replies · 902+ views
    The Kerrville Daily Times ^ | 12-22-05 | Jason Lawrence
    Efren Reveles once used his hands to heal the sick. Now, the retired neurosurgeon uses them to express his Jewish faith. Reveles, known to his friends as “Doc,” began making Jewish ceramic art while he was practicing medicine at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. After retiring in 1983, Reveles traveled the country in an RV. He often spent the winter months in Mission, Texas, but traveled through Kerrville. When he decided to settle, he chose Kerrville. “I thought, ‘Kerrville is just a nice, sleepy, little town,’” he said. How he started “I’ve always done fine things with my hands,” he...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Christmas Music Festival For Our Troops ~ Come Join The Fun ~ 24 Dec 2005

    12/23/2005 6:44:29 PM PST · by MoJo2001 · 1,657 replies · 14,363+ views
    Serving The Best Troops In The World | The Canteen Deejays
            Music For Our Troops -All music is removed next week! Support the artists below by going to the following links: l l l l l l l l l Sonique l l l l l Audio Realm l MSN Radio l Shout Cast l Launch Music l Live-Radio Net l l Please do not hotlink any of our music. This music thread is done for our Troops who are far from home this holiday season. We do it for them. *...