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December 6, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Chanukkah Message from Rabbi Metz

This is from a reflection was written by my colleague, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. I would like to share it with you and please share your reactions and thoughts with me at Rabbi.SaraMetz@gmail.com. People keep asking me about that New York Times article where a person is shocked to discover the fact that the war Hanukah commemorates is, a war, full of pain and trauma and atrocity, that it's not like a child's picture-book...The war through which we celebrate Hanukah was, in part, intra-Jewish, in which zealous traditionalists attacked and killed more assimilationist Hellenized Jews--WHILE FIGHTING THE SELUCID ARMY TO GAIN THEIR FREEDOM. The catalyst for the violent revolution was the reigning Syrian Greek king, Antiochus IV, who demanded that Jews worship false[...]

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Hanukkah

December 4, 2018
By Beth Mordecai
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Chanukkah Candle Lighting at Menlo Park Mall

Join Rabbi Metz and members of Congregation Beth Mordecai. at Menlo Park Mall near Nordstroms on the first floor, to celebrate Chanukkah and light the menorah.

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Hanukkah

December 14, 2017
By bethmordecai
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Hanukkah Shabbat Pot Luck – Dec. 15

Friday, December, 15  •  Services 6:30 p.m.  •  Dinner 7:30
 p.m. We’ll supply the latkes and the Hanukkah fun,
you bring the rest.
 Please advise Rabbi Metz as to what vegetarian/dairy dish you will be bringing 
at Rabbi.SaraMetz@gmail.com.  

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Hanukkah


By bethmordecai
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Hanukkah Book Reading – Dec. 17, 11 a.m.

11 a.m.   Join Rabbi Metz at Barnes and Noble, Menlo Park Mall, as she reads several Hanukkah stories and does a craft project.  

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Hanukkah

December 16, 2015
By bethmordecai
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#VirtualHanukkah Video Montage

Check out all of our great Hanukkah celebrations -- in our homes, in our shul, and in our community -- through this entertaining video montage. Share with your friends and family to let them know all of the great things we are doing at Beth Mordecai!  

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December 3, 2015
By bethmordecai
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DAY 1251: The Miracle of Hanukkah — Choosing to Act and Have Faith As Jews

Reflections on thoughts leading to Sunday's Hanukkah Party (see below after the text) אך עיקר הנס היה בחנוכה מה שניצחו החשמונאים במתי מספר את היונים שהיו מולכים בכל העולם והיו עם רב. אבל הנס שהיה בשמן היה רק מצד ה' יתברך שהיה חביבה לפניו הדלקה זו. שישרארל מצידם כיון שטימאו כל השנים וללא היה להם שמן היו פטורים ממצות הדלק המנורה; דאונס רחמנא פטריה. וכל שכן שלא היו מחויבים למסור נפשם בעד מצוה זו. רק שהראה ה' יתברך אז שחביבה הדלקת המנורה לפניו והמציא לפניהם בנס שמן להדלקת הנרות.     - רב צדוק הכוהן מלובלין -- פרי צדק בראשית לחנוכה The essential miracle of Hanukkah was the Maccabees, with only a small number, defeating the Greeks who controlled the world[...]

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December 5, 2013
By bethmordecai
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Maoz Tzur…From the Technion in Israel!

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One More Thanksgivukkah Treat…

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December 3, 2013
By bethmordecai
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DAY 521: Publicizing the Miracle of Hanukkah to Family, Neighbors, and Fellow Jews

Dear Hevreh, Last night, I had one of the most memorable Hanukkah experiences of my life as I celebrated the Festival of Lights with my family, my neighbors, and my Jewish community. It wasn't that one particular moment stood out (though I really enjoyed sharing the story of Hanukkah with 3rd and 4th grade Perth Amboy students), but rather that the overall experience of lighting the candles with so many groups of people truly exemplified the meaning of the mitzvah of pirsumei nisah, of publicizing the miracle of Hanukkah. The rabbis teach us that the purpose of lighting candles is to share the miracle with everyone around us, which is why we are supposed to light the candles as early as[...]

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December 2, 2013
By bethmordecai
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DAY 520: The Magic of Hanukkah…and Ducks!

Dear Hevreh,   Yesterday, our community celebrated the Festival of Lights in style with latkes, doughnuts, lighting of candles...and magic! A fun and engaging magician, the Great Scott, made us laugh and left us amazed with his sleights of hand and knowledge of the magical arts. The show was not only entertaining, but got me thinking about how magic relates to our relationship with God.    How can we sense God's presence in our lives? If the Bible is our guide, then the clearest way for God to appear in our lives is through the performance of "magic" -- miracles like splitting a sea or getting water from a rock. These events, which cannot be explained by reason, have ingrained in us the sense that when[...]

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