Jewish Journal

Collectors Light Up Over Chanukah Lamps

by Leslie Berliant

December 8, 2009 | 4:26 pm

Annette Shapiro’s family chanukiyah, which her grandfather brought from Russia in 1915. Photo by Dan Kacvinski

Mark and Peachy Levy have collected antique Chanukah lamps for more than 30 years. Although neither grew up with a strong Jewish identity, they have deepened their connection through their... read full article

  • Light the Wick

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    December 8, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    Chanukah raises many questions: from, “What did you get me?” to, “How do we relate to the dominant culture — in ancient times and today?” Among the most important spiritual inquiries during this Festival of Lights is the meaning of the lights themselves. The rabbis name...

  • Jewish Imagery Drives Design for Artist Ruth Merritt

    by Leslie Berliant

    December 8, 2009 | 4:11 pm

    For Ruth Merritt, a lifelong relationship with art and Judaism began with a misunderstanding about a Hebrew school assignment: to copy the first paragraph of the Amidah. At 6 years old, Merritt took that directive literally, reproducing the exact shape of the Hebrew letters. Although...

  • The Ner Tamid: An Appreciation

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    December 8, 2009 | 4:07 pm

    I have a special affinity for the ner tamid (eternal light) suspended above the aron kodesh (holy ark) in synagogues throughout the world. My ner tamid bond dates from 1979 and traces its roots to a rookie rabbi error.

    A friend and I were invited to spend Shabbat in a Jewish...

  • Embrace the Dark, Then Light a Candle

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    December 8, 2009 | 4:00 pm

    Kislev, the month when we begin to light the candles of Chanukah, is the month that contains the year’s longest nights and shortest days. In Kislev we begin in darkness, like all of creation. With less brightness from above, we contemplate the essence that preceded God’s command:...