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  • Harmony in the Universe

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 18, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    I woke up this morning thinking about creation.  There were several aspects to this thought.  One is the formation and creation of light and darkness.  The other is this idea of harmony.  I'll start with the second and move to the first.  What is so amazing,...

  • Shining Lights in the Darkness

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 19, 2012 | 7:00 am

    On Friday night last week, the seventh night of Chanukah, dozens of families arrived at our synagogue, each with a chanukiah (Chanukah menorah or candelabra) and a box of candles. The chanukiot were set up on long tables in the middle of the overflowing sanctuary, where the light...

  • Let there be light

    By Susan Freudenheim

    October 3, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    We take light for granted. But in the Torah’s opening chapter of Bereshit, it was God’s first gift.

    It seems fitting, then, that when a local synagogue committed itself to helping an impoverished village in rural Uganda, the first gift would be to turn on the lights — to give the...

  • A certain magic

    August 28, 2009 | 8:55 pm

    Chasidic reggae and rap singer Matisyahu just released his fourth album, “Light” — his first full-length work in three years. He discussed his new music, God, spirituality, sex, drugs and Israel in a phone interview with Rabbi Naomi Levy, spiritual leader of Nashuva and author...

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  • An enduring miracle

    December 25, 2008 | 5:31 pm

    This coming Shabbat, together with Jewish communities around the world, we will celebrate the joyous festival of Chanukah. Most of us are quite familiar with the story of Chanukah and the miracle that our tradition recalls.

    We learned as children that when the Maccabees rededicated...

  • Open House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 2008 | 1:53 am

    I'm a Chabadnik.

    That makes no sense to most people who know me: I'm not highly observant, I don't pray at a Chabad house, and the only time I danced with Jon Voight at the Chabad telethon, I embarrassed myself by chewing gum on camera.

    But it's true: My Jewish identity was nurtured...

  • Menorah Lights Our Way

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For three years, I lived in an apartment in Jerusalem next to a bus stop. The rhythm of my life quickly adapted to the bus schedule. Just by looking out my bedroom window, I knew exactly when to leave the house in order to catch the bus.

    When I returned to California, I assumed my...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales...

  • The Light of God

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Recently I had an opportunity to lead some adults through a group-dynamic exercise. They sat in clusters of five or six, and each person identified a strength of each of the other participants. There were some in the group who knew each other very well, others who were less familiar...

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