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Purim is quite a holiday. During the chanting of the Megillah, the noise level can be deafening. Young and old shout aloud—hissing, pounding tables, stamping feet, whirling groggers and boo-ing when Haman is mentioned,  behavior never permitted in synagogue on any other day. The riotous celebration marks the triumph of Persian Jews over their nefarious enemy, who was planning...
Dried fruits are prepared for a Tu B’Shevat holiday celebration in Meron, in northern Israel, on Jan. 20, 2019. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.
In honor of the Tu B’Shevat holiday—the day on the Hebrew calendar marking the “New Year for Trees”—Israel’s Defense Ministry purchased 10 tons of nuts and dried fruits to distribute to Israeli soldiers across the country. The Purchasing Manager of the Minister of Defense and the Food Center of the Technology and Logistics Division acquired 500 kilograms of almonds (1,100...
A mega-celebration of Tu B’Shevat, sponsored by the Israeli-American Council, will take place beginning on Friday, Jan. 18, and ending on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Credit: IAC.
The Israeli-American Council (IAC) will put down new roots across America for a first-of-its-kind, national “Israeli-style” event this weekend marking Tu B’Shevat, also known as the “New Year for Trees.” This mega-celebration of the holiday will take place during a weekend-long program starting on Friday, Jan. 18, and ending on Sunday, Jan. 20. The IAC’s “National Shishi Israeli Tu Bishvat” will unite 40...
Canadian Jewish soldiers in Palestine with workers and children from Ben Shemen on Tu B'Shvat in 1919. The sign quotes from Leviticus: "When you come to the Land, you shall plant...” Photo courtesy of Israeldailypicture.com
It’s a little-known quirk of timing and history that the transformation of Tu B’Shvat, which in 2017 fell on Feb. 11, from an obscure Kabbalistic holiday to its current incarnation can trace its origins to a Christian-oriented, proto-environmentalist activity in 19th-century Nebraska, as reinterpreted by a radical early Zionist. Chaim Aryeh Leib Zuta (1868-1939) landed on Jaffa’s shores in December...
אילן שריף [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In our fast-paced interconnected world, it can be so hard to do a good deed in a truly selfless way. When we run a marathon for charity and post about it on social media in order to encourage donations, we are all too often more interested in counting the “Likes” from friends than the money we’re raising for the...
Rabbi Polichenco, with microphone, explains the significance of Chanukah as Nancy Harrison gives a hand-held light to a youngster
Story by Donald H. Harrison, Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – Undeterred by last month’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, or by more recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Poway, more than 100 Jews and Christians joined in a March of Light late Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9,  from Ashley Falls Park to the Village at Pacific...
Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, inaugurated the renewed Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv by lighting the fourth Hanukkah candle of the central Chabad menorah, together with Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky. Dec. 5, 2018.
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai inaugurated the renewed Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv by lighting the fourth Hanukkah candle of the central Chabad menorah with Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Despite the chilly weather, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the public menorah-lighting. The mayor was honored with the lighting and sang with great...
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses guests at the second Hanukkah party the White House hosted on Dec. 6, 2018. Credit: Jackson Richman/JNS.
WASHINGTON–Ten months after losing their daughter Meadow in the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Andrew Pollack and his family stood alongside U.S. President Donald Trump as he lit the menorah on the fifth night of Hanukkah, being celebrated on Thursday at the White House with two parties. “Mr. President, despite the pundits and so-called...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lights the Hannukah menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Dec. 6, 2018, with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman watching. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, along with Israeli soldiers, lit the menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Thursday to commemorate the fifth night of Hanukkah. “There is a great victory here: The great persistence and continuity of our people, which overcomes all rules of history by the power of our faith...
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir flanked by his wife, Shulamit, and a hostess lighting Hanukkah candles on their return flight from Washington, on Feb. 12,1983. Credit: GPO.
Hanukkah reminds the Jewish people of their dedication to faith, and of their eternal right and connection to the land of Israel. During 25 years of battles, 2,200 years ago (166 BCE–139 BCE), a tiny band of a few thousand Jewish Maccabees defended the land of Israel, beat back repeated onslaughts from the highly equipped, 50,000-man Syrian-Greek invading armies, and...

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