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Thousands Expected to Attend Hanukkah Events in the UAE

Photo courtesy  Khaleej Times Thousands are expected to attend Hanukkah events held in the United Arab Emirates, between Sunday, November 28 – December 5. Participants hail from all over the world, including: Bahrain, Canada, Israel, Europe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South America, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. Many Emiratis…

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Hundreds of Jewish Communities Around the World to Host “Hanukkah Homecoming”

With people eager for community experiences, more than 300 congregations, JCCs, Federations, schools, camps, independent minyanim and Jewish organizations are mounting gatherings this Hanukkah marking a worldwide rededication of relational communities. Under the banner, Hanukkah Homecoming, events around the world are being held onsite and online November 28 – December 5, 2021, inviting those engaged and those…

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The Evolution of Hanukkah

By Rabbi Jeffrey Schesnol All Jewish holidays have changed over the centuries. Their histories reflect the changes in beliefs, lifestyle, and socio-economic-political circumstances of the Jewish people. Originally, Hanukkah, which means dedication, was only a Maccabean holiday to celebrate the defeat of their Seleucid overlords and reclaimed the sacred Jerusalem temple and their rededication of…

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A year full of holidays

(Note: Jewish holidays start at sunset the evening before the first day of the holiday) Hanukkah Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2021 The flames on the Hanukkiah brighten each of the eight nights of the festival of Hanukkah. The holiday celebrates the victory of the Maccabees, Jewish military leaders who rebelled against the Greek-Syrian King Antiochus, who…

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An Apple a Day for the High Holidays

What comes to mind when you think of the “forbidden fruit” described in the Garden of Eden – the one that Eve is said to have eaten and then shared with Adam? If you guessed an apple, you’re probably wrong. In the Talmud, when listing the possible “fruits” that may have been products of the…

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