Great Moments in Hanukkah History

For more than 2,000 years the Jewish people have kept the lights of Hanukkah shining brightly, shepherding the story of the miracle of the oil through the generations. Innumerable Hanukkah celebrations and myriad innovations in how we celebrate have graced the intervening years. I’ll admit that it takes some chutzpah to try and distill two…


2016 Hanukkah gift guide

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Gift Picks

There are lots of traditional gifts to give your loved ones during Hanukkah. But there are also some unusual ones to consider. I spent some time searching the internet for some ideas. I hope you enjoy my top picks for an especially unique Hanukkah this year. 1) The 2017 Nice Jewish Guys Calendar features an…


Books make great gifts

I remember years ago one of my sons telling his brother that the secret of reading was to “be in the book.” It was a comment I wholeheartedly believe. Books have the power to transport us to different worlds, to help us understand others’ struggles, to inspire us to explore. For all of those reasons,…


Celebrate Hanukkah

This year Hanukkah coincides with the holiday that is the focus for the majority of Americans. Hanukkah lights and Christmas lights will be intermingled around town. Downtown Portland will have a Christmas tree in Pioneer Square and Chabad’s enormous Hanukkah menorah just three blocks away at Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave. This will be…


Women invited to mikvah on Erev Yom Kippur

By Chana Shloush Women’s immersion in the mikvah the day before Yom Kippur is an ancient custom whose roots lie in the Yom Kippur immersions of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) in preparation to enter the Holy of Holies, the innermost chamber of the Temple in Jerusalem. At Mount Sinai, too, before receiving the Torah,…

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