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Chanukah through the Ages

Libi Astaire

What do coconut oil and oranges have to do with Chanukah? Where could you once see a double-decker menorah? Who celebrated the eighth night by lighting a bonfire with leftover wicks? Discover how Jews around the world celebrate Chanukah. The Chanukah customs of our many kehillos are as colorful as the little colored candles that some families use to light their menorah — and often, much more delicious. Here’s a collection of some of the fascinating customs adopted by our brothers across the globe.

 

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My Face in the Mirror

Leah Gebber

Millennia after the kingdom of Greece rose and fell, we’re left with unsettling questions: Has the Hellenistic culture of competition and physical perfection triumphed after all? Do we judge others — and ourselves — by external appearances? Or does the light of the soul, the radiance of the menorah, still smolder in our hearts and minds, opening us up to connection, self-love, and ultimately, holiness? Four eminent personalities on how we can raise our daughters to embrace every facet of their selves.



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Blame It on Amnesia
Rabbi Moshe Grylak He has no past, and therefore no future
Jogging the Memory
Yonoson Rosenblum Summoning up the past is not always so easy
Endless Summer
Eytan Kobre Time is the implacable foe of us all
Three Orphans and Two Afikomens
Dr. Meir Wikler Here is how children spell the word “love”: t-i-m-e
All for a Good Cause: The Conversation Continues
Mishpacha Contributors Readers weigh in on “All for a Good Cause”
No Question Too Small, No Problem Too Big
Eliezer Shulman In tribute to Rav Sraya Deblitzky ztz”l
Under the Chuppah
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Of course, I never mentioned my dream to anyone
The Detective: Part I
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “It just showed me that his behavior is not normal”