Chanuka is Not the Fourth of July

  Many people think that Chanukah is type of a festival of political independence, freedom fighters, patriots, something like a July 4th, or whatever, Jews fighting for political independence against the Greek Empire, or something to that effect. In truth, Chanukah is really a clash of cultures. It was the Hellenistic world view versus the Jewish world view. And these two cultures were diametrically opposed. The Greeks were bothered by the very ...

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Wash Your Hands!

As the weather gets colder one of the things that I have been thinking of is chapped skin. Yes, my hands get very rough and chapped.  I use a hand cream on them, but, when I put on my tie I can actually feel the fabric catching on my skin!  I cannot help thinking that one of the reasons my hands are chapped is because as a religious Jew I ...

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