A Jewish community center in Paris that serves kosher meals to the poor was set on fire early Sunday morning. The soup kitchen, a converted synagogue on the ground floor of a five-story residential building on the Rue Popincourt in Paris' 11th District was partially destroyed. Anti-Semitic graffiti, Nazi symbols and references to Islam were found on the center's walls.
In my junior year at UC Berkeley, I brought an Egyptian co-resident from International House named Khalid to Purim services.
This was my gesture toward international understanding and cultural appreciation between Muslim and Jew. What a disaster!
When Jews come across the biblical name for God -- spelled yod-hay-vav-hay in Hebrew -- custom teaches us to substitute the term Adonai ("my Lord"), for according to Jewish tradition those letters are the unpronounceable name of God.
By rights, this should be a one-candle Chanukah.