A Covid December Dilemma – what the heck will we do?

(Photo of Smashed fried plantains topped with Cuban-style pot roast make a perfect Hanukkah appetizer. by Faith Kramer) Hanukkah starts tonight. Christmas is two weeks away. Nothing about our holidays will be the same this year.  No big dinners, no parties, not even a cozy coffee with a friend. No shopping, no baking and dropping…

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Why we increase the number of Hanukkah candles

Rabbi Larry Milder of Beth Emek recently sent this explanation to his congregation. It’s a useful, brief history telling us why we light an additional candle each night of Hanukkah instead of the reverse.   Increasing the Light in Dark Times Most Jews are accustomed to lighting Hanukkah candles by adding one candle to the…

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Thanksgiving even in a Pandemic

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – not the way we planned it… but still a great holiday. A few thoughts to get you off on the right foot. If your holiday will not be much fun and you already know that, try to change your own mind. Remember, this is just ONE YEAR, next year you can…

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