An Engineers Perspective

Santa Clause: An Engineer’s Perspective There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million according

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Erev Chanuka

The Jewish people: we look at the holidays as opportunities, Mizvot as instructions for livings, holidays as seasons for growth. What is the opportunity of Chanukah? On Yom Kippur you can change. During Pesach you can be free. The events of Chanukah: The Nes of the Nerot

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Chanukah Sameach Quiz!

Chanuka Sameach! The holiday of Chanukah marks The Jewish victory against the Romans The Jewish victory against the Christians. The Jewish victory against the Greeks. The Jewish victory in the Greek Olympics. The Greeks wanted the Jews. to die. to assimilate. to buy Greek olives. to come

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Chanukah

Chanukah is called the Festival of Lights. We light candles for eight days consecutively. What are we celebrating and since Chanukah, like Purim, is not a holiday from the Torah what need did we have as a people that the major holidays were not providing that Chanukah

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Chanukah – Hallel and Hodaa

Every Chanukah we celebrate the remarkable victory of the Jewish people over the mighty Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of the single flask of oil that lasted eight days.  We celebrate these events by lighting a Menorah for eight days and by saying the ‘Al HaNissim’

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Chanukah – The Battle of Chanukah

On Chanukah we celebrate the momentous defeat of the Hashmonaim over the mighty Greek army and the subsequent miracle of the shemen that lasted eight days.  The war with the Yavanim (Greeks) was far more than a standard military confrontation between two nations striving to attain power.  This was

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Chanukah – Perfectly Imperfect

Chanukah is one of the most observed of all the Jewish festivals – everyone enjoys lighting pretty menorahs and eating lots of doughnuts!  But beneath the enjoyable remembrance of how the Hasmoneans defeated the powerful Greek army lies a fundamental ideological battle, one that still rages today.  These two

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The ‘Miracles’ of Nature

It is a strange and disorienting panorama that Rabbi E. E. Dessler, the celebrated Jewish thinker (1892-1953) asks us to ponder: a world where the dead routinely rise from their graves but no grain or vegetation has ever grown. The thought experiment continues with the sudden appearance

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The Nature of Al HaNisim

(based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) The Nature of Al HaNisim Rav Yaakov Weinberg ZTL asked, why is it that we don’t say Al HaNisim on the 3 Regalim? Why do we only say this on Chanukah and Purim? What is the unique function

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Chanukah

Author: Rabbi Paysach Freedman (based on address by Rav Zev Leff The Attack A man is walking peacefully down the street. Out of nowhere, someone appears, wielding an iron bar. He swings it mightily at the man’s legs. Both of his knees are shattered immediately. The injured

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Eugenics In Israel

Author: Tamara Traubmann A shocking new study reveals how key figures in the pre-state Zionist establishment proposed castrating the mentally ill, sterilizing the poor and doing everything possible to ensure reproduction only among the ‘best of people.’ Castrating the mentally ill, encouraging reproduction among families “numbered among

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The Power of the Menorah

Author: Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller The Temple in Jerusalem — where Jews once had a special connection to God — was destroyed 2,000 years ago. Any discussion of it today must seem arcane. What difference do the symbols of the Temple make to our collective life in the

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‘And Darkness’: That is Greece

Author: Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky When explaining the deeper meanings of the Torah’s account of creation, our Sages have written that the nihilistic forces of tohu, vohu, choshech and tehom — “void, formlessness, darkness, and abyss” — are manifest in four nations that have risen to rule the world: Babylonia, Persia, Greece,

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The Beauty and the Light

Author: Mrs. Dina Coopersmith The Chanukah story took place during the time of the Second Temple in the Land of Israel. This was the time of Greek occupation of the land, about 139 BCE. Yet we find references in Talmudic sources that these events were already hinted

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Israel’s Glory vs. Greece’s Beauty

Author: Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky The Greeks restricted the world to yofi, “beauty,” while the Jews, descendants of Yehudah, opened the eyes of the world to hod, the “glory” that lies deep within. The mandrakes have released their scent, and at our doorsteps are to be found delicacies. (Song

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