The two themes central to the festival are the military victory of the Jews over the Syrian-Greeks, and the miracle of the cruse oil, symbolizing the victory of the eternal Jewish spirit. Rabbi Frimer refers to the two dreams of Joseph - the material and the spiritual, and compares them to the situation in Israel today.

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Two themes to the Festival of Lights
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 177
 

What is the significance of the shofar blast and the "next year in Jerusalem" prayer at the end of Yom Kippur, when the Jew dedicates himself to spiritual renewal. Rabbi Reisman suggests the centrality of "ahdut" (Jewish unity), and gives the example of Moses' last blessing to Israel, who are about to enter the promised land without him. The shofar blast is our reliving of these great moments at Mount Sinai and a message of unity, focusing on what binds us.

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Yom Kippur 5775: Message of unity
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 176
 

Eli Libenson found a treasure trove of High Holiday sermons on YouTube some of which he recounts here. He also tells this true story about the late Rabbi Julius Goldberg who was hospitalized with severe back pains, and told he would have to miss Yom Kippur services. 'That is not going to happen,' he decided, and all drugged up he went to the synagogue and delivered the sermon. Afterwards congregants told him it was the greatest sermon they had ever heard. "And you know what", Rabbi Goldberg confesses, when telling the story, "I have no idea what I said".

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Experience the High Holidays ALL year round
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 176
 

Does suffering lead to spiritual growth?  Why were the Jews sent down to Egypt? People do not choose to suffer but many of life’s experiences do strengthen peoples' ability to cope with life. Rabbu Frimer discusses how the seder service each year enables values to be passed on to the next generation.

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This is the bread of our affliction?
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 174
 

When he was thirteen Richard Shavei Tzion proudly used his brand new Rosh Hashanah Machzor. He could not understand why the chazzan’s book was so old, why did he not buy a new one? Now thirty years later he understands. Understanding music and leading services himself, his own Machzor is now full of markings and notations - not only a useful book but one that holds many precious memories for him

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Well-thumbed and stained it may be, but my machzor is such an important part of my life
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 174
 

When asked, “Where does God exist?” the Kotzker Rebbe replied, “Wherever you let Him in.” Deborah described how she gradually began to let God into her life, and became one of the baalei teshuva - Jews who turn to embrace Orthodox Judaism. She describes the joy and satisfaction she derives from her religion as well as the struggles and effort she has to make to fill her knowledge gap.

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My hat- How I got religion
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 172
 

Rabbi Frimer explains that the Greeks who ruled the land of Israel during the Maccabean revolution were not the followers of Socrates and Aristotle, but were Hellenists trying to force their culture onto the Jewish population. He discusses how we too have taken on much of the Western culture and queries whether we are becoming modern day Hellenists.

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Chanukah 5774: Are we today’s Hellenists?
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 172
 

Marion explains the significance not only of round challah, apple and honey, and tzimmes, but also many other varieties of food that symbolize sweetness, goodness and abundance and are part of the Rosh Hashanah 'seder'. Judy Shapiro has also contributed 2 traditional and festive recipes for the holiday meals.

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Why we eat the food we do at New Year
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 171
 

JLP – Jewish Learning Partners, the English Chavruta program will help you study Judaism

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This new program will help you study Judaism
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 170
 

The joy and pleasure of celebrating a joint England-Israel batmitzvah celebration

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mazal tov
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 170
 
 
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