Category Archives: Hanukah

66th Anniversary Celebration

By Rabbi Mark Melamut It was a fun filled 66th Anniversary weekend for B’nai Emunah.  Friday evening potluck dinner kicked off the weekend, followed by Saturday morning services led by some of the students of our adult B’nai Mitzvah class. … Continue reading

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“8 Crazy Nights Mashup – What do I Stand For?”

Wow, we made it to 8 Crazy Nights!  Homes, sanctuaries and clothes filled with oil, all spun out of dreidel and filled with gelt (and maybe a little guilt too from the holiday’s menu), presents exchanged (and maybe even re-gifted), … Continue reading

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On the 7th night of Hanukkah – “Triumphant Defiance, Seduction & Cheese on Hanukkah – Judith”

By Rabbi Mark Melamut Make sure to watch this video  on Judith. Like me, you may have missed reading this story as a kid in religious school or as an adult in your general Jewish education.  By the 7th night … Continue reading

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On the 6th night of Chanukkah – “Have You Seen the Light?”

By Rabbi Mark Melamut Beyond presents, dreidel, latkes and gathering with friends and family, our main event for Hanukkah is simply taking in the light.  What though does it mean to really see the light?  Have you seen the light? … Continue reading

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“A Menorah in the Window”

By Rabbi Mark Melamut What is Hanukkah all about?  I’ve been thinking that its essence is about reclaiming and being proud of our Jewish identity.  One way I see this is in the placement of the menorah or hanukkiah in … Continue reading

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The Great Debate: Sour Cream v. Applesauce

By Rabbi Mark Melamut Ok, so we won’t be able to solve this one because it really depends on our palate and preference for sweet or savory or both.  Just as the fried potato remains a resilient spud that goes … Continue reading

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“Dreidel – The Real Spin – It’s Not Just for Kids”

    By Rabbi Mark Melamut Not just a game for kids, dreidel is all about letting go, giving life a spin and dealing with what we get. Don’t we always want it all, get disappointed if we get none, … Continue reading

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