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My father never lived to see his dream come true of an
I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up. They have no holidays.
Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So, for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.
The time is at hand when the wearing of a prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House, unless, of course, the man is Jewish.
Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York, you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be a goy even if you are Jewish.
The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!
Even a secret agent can't lie to a Jewish mother.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
Don't be humble; you are not that great.
I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks.
-Joe E. Lewis
A spoken contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.
Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done.
When I bore people at a party, they think it is their fault.
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Fear builds walls to bar the light. - Baal Shem Tov
Engage in Torah and charity even with an ulterior motive, for that habit of right doing will lead also to right motivation. - Talmud: Pesahim, 50b
The sword comes into the world because of justice delayed and because of justice perverted.- Ethics of the Fathers 5:8
Ever since Rabbi Akiba used the Passover seder to plan a revolutionary struggle against the Roman occupiers, the Jews have used the seder to begin concrete work on tikkun (healing and transformation).
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, the Tikkun Magazine Passover supplement 2006
To work out ends of righteousness and love are you called; not merely to enjoy or suffer.
- S.R. Hirsch, "Nineteen Letters," 1836
“Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.” Golda Meir
The worship of God, though desirable as an end itself, can somehow never be in the right spirit, unless it impels one to the service of man. - Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan
Concentrate on three things and you will not fall into the grip of sin. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before Whom you will have to give account and reckoning.- Pirkei Avot 3:1
We cannot learn from general principles: there may be exceptions. - Johanan, Talmud: Kiddushin
A truly generous man is he that always gives, whether it be much or little, before he is asked.- Orchot Tsadiqim
The best security for old age: respect your children.- Sholem Asch
A Jew can be Jewish with God, against God, but not without God.- Elie Wiesel
He who promotes his own honor at the expense of his neighbor's has no portion in the world to come.- Judah b. Hanina, Genesis Rabbah
Even if all the world tells you, "You are righteous," consider yourself a sinner. - Rabbi Simlai
Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.- Abraham Joshua Heschel, "On Prayer"
Lose with truth and right rather than gain with falsehood and wrong.- Maimonides, "Tzavaah"
Seek the good in everyone, and reveal it, bring it forth.- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1811), "Likutey Moharan"
Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see in them.- Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
A man should never impose an overpowering fear upon his household. - Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 6b
If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.- The Talmud
Love unaccompanied by criticism is not love....Peace unaccompanied by reproof is not peace.- Genesis Rabbah 54:3
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Chanukah 5772 Courier
Please note that the Courier edited the date of the rededication to 165 B.C. - it has been corrected below to around 165 B.C.E. as it was in the original submitted. ENJOY!
12/15/2011 9:56:00 PM
A season for lights and religious freedom
Special to the Courier
The mystique of the depth of winter calls, it seems, to all religions. Some draw on very ancient practices while others try to modernize the season into terms and practices relevant to modern people. As a result, many think that the season is all about gifts and lights: shopping, candlelight processions and holiday displays, and - for Jews - the lighting of candles to celebrate a miracle of one day's worth of holy oil lasting for eight.
Yet why would such a miracle be needed at all? The need comes from the true reason Chanukah is celebrated: the success of the Maccabees (Mattatyahu and his five sons) in liberating and rededicating the temple in Jerusalem to the return to solely Jewish practices. It took three years to achieve this after Antiochus, the invading Assyrian king, banned all Jewish observances throughout the land while desecrating and looting everything of religious significance in the temple and elsewhere. Further, he decreed that all people needed to worship and sacrifice as he did.
So with newly built lamps and lamp holders filled with oil from a single unbroken flask found sealed with the seal of the high priest, the temple was rededicated around 165 B.C.E. A flask of oil normally was understood to be enough for a single day, yet the celebration lasted eight days with offerings and prayers for peace and thanksgiving - and with the oil burning throughout. As a result, a year later, the Maccabees and the governing Sanhedrin decreed an annual eight-day festival of Chanukah.
Nonetheless, the complete liberation of the Jews of the land took another quarter of a century. Only one of the Maccabees survived to see that day.
So, in celebration of freedom from religious oppression or coercion, freedom to observe our religion as we so wish, and in observance of the Sabbath, Beit Torah Jewish Congregation (www.onetorah.org) welcomes all to join us for our Shabbat Chanukah dinner party at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Stoneridge Community Center in Prescott Valley. To RSVP or for more information, call 237-0390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.