The Western Light

Tens of thousands of tourists stream annually to countries such as Canada, Iceland, Norway and even the U.S. state of Alaska, to behold the exquisite Northern Lights, aurora borealis,…

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Western Wall History

The Western (Wailing*) Wall is the most accessible holiest location in Jewish life. With 28 rows of massive stones above ground (and 17 below), the wall itself is physically breathtaking.…

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Western Wall History

The Western (Wailing*) Wall is the holiest location in Jewish life. With 28 rows of massive stones above ground (and 17 below), the wall itself is physically breathtaking. Its holiness…

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A Western Frontier

The pleasant temperatures of the short spring and summer of the fertile plains of the Canadian Midwest are a stark contrast to the winter, when temperatures can plummet to -40 degrees…

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The Light of the First Day

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the…

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The Light of the First Day

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the…

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The Light Of The First Day

When most people think of natural light, they think of the sun. Strangely enough, the sun (along with the moon and stars) was not created until the fourth day. So what was the “light”…

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A Ten-Light Chanukah Menorah?

In a summary of the Chanukah customs of Persian Jewry (Shlomo Tal edition, 1981, pg. 189-190), three options are offered regarding how to kindle the Chanukah lights. First, the common…

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Light One Candle

“Light one candle for the Maccabee children, with thanks that their light didn’t die...” Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary wrote these words in a song that cried out for the pain of…

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Light One Candle

"Light one candle for the Maccabee children, with thanks that their light didn't die..." Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary wrote these words in a song that cried out for the pain of…

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Light One Candle

“Light one candle for the Maccabee children, with thanks that their light didn’t die...” Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary wrote these words in a song that cried out for the pain of…

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Focus on the Shamash as you Light your Candles

We are not permitted to kindle one light from another, nor to benefit from the light of the Chanukah lights. The Shamash makes it possible to avoid both these prohibitions.

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Light Wine

Purchase a light wine for the four cups of the seder.

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Early To Light

Tonight is the seventh night of Chanukah. Make certain to light your Chanukah candles before Shabbat.

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Candles Relaxing Light

Light candles this Shabbat, relax and bask in their glow.<

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Foundation Light

Light candles to mark the beginning of Shabbat. Click here to find out what time Shabbat starts where you are.

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Light Bright

Place your Shabbat candles next to your menorah in the window. Twice the light, twice the Jewish pride.

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Ready, Set, Light

Set up your menorah with your candles or wicks and oil, and prepare to welcome Chanukah later today or early this evening as we draw the spiritual light into our homes and publicize the…

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Bring Shabbat Light Into Your Home

As Chanukah ends, light Shabbat candles early this evening and bring the warmth of Shabbat into your home. For Shabbat candle lighting times in your area, click here.

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Light and Happiness

What is the connection between the holiday of Purim and Havdalah, the ceremonial conclusion of Shabbat? The simple answer is the single verse from the Book of Esther that is recited by…

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Light and Happiness

What is the connection between the holiday of Purim and Havdalah, the ceremonial conclusion of Shabbat? The simple answer is the single verse from the Book of Esther that is recited by…

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With What May We Light

The Friday night synagogue service is actually two separate services, Kabbalat Shabbat (Greeting the Shabbat) and Maariv (Evening Service). Those attending Friday night services in…

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With What May We Light

The Friday night synagogue service is actually two separate services, Kabbalat Shabbat (Greeting the Shabbat) and Maariv (Evening Service). Those attending Friday night services in…

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A Light unto the Nations

Jews are meant to be a beacon to humanity, sharing the Torah’s values to all people. One of those enduring virtues is helping the underprivileged, whoever they may be. Those who engage in…

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Reading Light

If you don't like non-fiction, read Jewish fiction to learn about Jewish history.

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Just Before You Light

Just before lighting candles for Shabbat, say a prayer for those you know who need to be healed or are waiting to meet their soulmate.

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First Night Light

Start the holiday right by lighting your menorah at the earliest time possible after dusk. 

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Light Of A Smile

Throughout each day, look for ways to make some one else smile.

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Night Light

Place night lights (not motion-sensitive ones) in your bathroom(s) for Shabbat.

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A Light Unto the Sunshine State

What U.S. cities enjoy the largest Jewish populations? You probably included New York, Los Angeles and Miami, which are indeed the three cities, in order, with the largest Jewish…

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