Category Archives: Chanukah

Hasmonean Past Is Present

Tweet As the Demorats and their ObamaCare law grinds millions of Americans into misery, we who love this republic, are deeply worried about its future. Simultaneously, Obama betrays Israel at every step, enabling the IslamoNazis of Iran to achieve their nuclear goal. Thus, Israelis, and those who love Zion, are also worried about the future. […]

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Judah Maccabee Wants You to Man-Up

Tweet Before Judah the Maccabee and his pitifully small band of 3,000 men went to battle against the great armies of the Selecuid empire, Judah assembeled his troops and gave them a rousing speech. This excerpt, from the Book of Maccabees, gives you an idea of the noble and pious rhetoric Judah used to inspire his […]

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Thanksgiving, Chanukah 2013

Tweet The problem with liberty is, once achieved it becomes like oxygen — something taken for granted. Said John Adams, “There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” For the first time, and never again, the first day of Chanukah will be celebrated on Thanksgiving. This is a moment in time we […]

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The Old-New Chanukah Wars

Tweet On December 5, 2012, The New York Times filed this story: Cheering U.N. Palestine Vote, Synagogue Tests Its Members. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, a large synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is known for its charismatic rabbis, its energetic and highly musical worship, and its liberal stances on social causes. But on Friday, […]

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Hamas Leader Khaled Mashal: We Will Not Relinquish Palestine from the River to the Sea…

Tweet On Saturday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal gave a speech notable for its honesty. Which is to say that this IslamoNazi fully articulated the goal of Hamas: the liquidation of the Jewish state. When Hamas or the Palestinian Authority speak of the “occupation,” they are not referring Judea and Samaria. They are speaking of the […]

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A Bookish Chanukah and Christmas

Tweet I love books. Casa Avrech is stuffed with bookshelves that are, of course, stuffed with books. As much as Seraphic Secret admires and makes use of eBooks via Kindle and the iPad, there is still something about paper, binding, and the fragrance of a freshly opened page that is intoxicating. Books are the perfect […]

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Chanukah: Light Up the Night

Tweet Here’s an original Chanukah song from the Ein Prat Fountainheads   And of course, a Merry Christmas to our cherished Christian friends.

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Seraphic Secret Hollywood Star Quiz

Tweet Chanukah is a time for latkes—which I don’t eat out of respect to my heart and my waistline. It’s also a time of prayer. We sing Hallel during morning prayer, and after sundown, when lighting the menorah, we chant additional prayers. Chanukah is also a time for games. Spinning the dreidel is the most […]

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Chanukah: In Those Days, At This Time

Tweet Tomorrow night begins the holiday of Chanukah, Here’s a fine video from our friends at The Land of Israel, that sketches  the historical roots of the Festival of Lights and its modern relevance. Allow me to add an important historical note.

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Chanukah, 2010: The Same Bloody Ground

Tweet Somewhere in Queens, a proud and Torah-loving Jewish family, very publicly announces and celebrates Chanukah. Hey Glenn and Karen—the other Karen—now you’re famous! The two b’rachas, blessings, Jews recite when lighting the Chanukah candles: 1) Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded […]

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Tuesday Weld and, Um, Chanukah

Tweet Clad in red cashmere, Karen contemplates a pinkpainting by Shirley Kaneda. Okay, so my gift to Karen is awkwardly wrapped. That’s because I did it myself. I am hopeless and helpless when it comes to creating the neat little folds that announce white-gloved care. I just sort of mush the wrapping paper together, slap […]

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Chanukah 2009

Tweet The two b’rachas, blessings, Jews recite when lighting the Chanukah candles: 1) Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light. 2) Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d, King of the universe, Who has wrought miracles for our […]

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  • Annual Ariel Avrech
    Memorial Lectures

    Young Israel of Century City
    Eleventh: June 8, 2014
    Michael Medved: "Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 97MB)
    Tenth: June 9, 2013
    David Horowitz: "The War Against Judaism on the University Campus." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
    Ninth: June 3, 2012
    Joel B. Pollak: "The Mainstream Media's Betrayal of Israel." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
    Eighth: June 5, 2011
    Yossi Klein Halevi: "What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 18MB)
    Seventh: June 13, 2010
    Dennis Prager: "Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 80MB)
    Sixth: June 21, 2009
    Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: "Conformity in Jewish Life: Vice, Virtue or Affectation?" Blog Post | Audio (mp3 64MB)
    Fifth: June 15, 2008
    Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl: "What Was the Rosh Yeshiva Reading: Intellectual Openness in 19th Century Lithuania." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 70MB)
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