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Hanukkah: A Festival of Dedication

Hanukkah: A Festival of Dedication

Tonight (Sunday, Dec. 6th) is the beginning of Hanukkah. The word Hanukkah means “dedication” in Hebrew, and recalls the triumphant events of the Maccabees and the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following its desecration by the forces of Antiochus and the Syrian-Greeks in the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is first mentioned […]

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Can Science Tell You the Purpose for Your Life? Responding to Sam Harris, Jewish Author of "The Moral Landscape"

Can Science Tell You the Purpose for Your Life?  Responding to Sam Harris, Jewish Author of "The Moral Landscape"

“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice.  The universe that we observe has […]

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The Sacred Light of Hanukkah

Why can’t you use the light of the Hanukkah menorah (chanukiah) to illumine your home? When you light a Hanukkah menorah, you aren’t supposed to use the light for any ordinary purpose at all. This seems counterintuitive. I would have assumed that the best way I could […]

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