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Chanukah & Kislev

The Month of Miracles

Chanukah Recipes
Everything you could ever want to cook for Chanukah!
Cook (and fry) up a traditional Chanukah storm: latkes to applesauce, jelly doughnuts and more recipes for all tastes.
My Chanukah Miracle: The Beating of a New Heart
I don’t know what happened. I opened up my eyes and stared straight up at the dark, starry sky. Why was I flat on my back on the sidewalk? Where was I?
Growing With the Light
It’s not the first time I hear this, and it probably won’t be the last. The woman sitting before me is so afraid of having a baby. I watch her face and try to decipher the source of the tension from what I see on her body.
Chanukah Dipped Into Honey
Rosh Hashanah? Not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Chanukah!
Banishing the Loneliness With Light: Chanukah Tips From a Single Mom
Two years post-divorce, I had passed the initial shock and grief stages of my marriage’s dissolution. But I hadn’t yet found the way to infuse my lonely, meaningless existence with a measure of joie de vivre, or in Hebrew, simchat hachaim.
My Journey to Revealing the Light of Chanukah
When I was growing up in America, Chanukah was always overshadowed by the non-Jewish holiday that occurs during the same season.
Our Many Colored Selves, Our Singular Holiness
if it’s not the skin color or shape of the eyes, what makes a Jewish woman Jewish? What makes her part of the Jewish nation? What makes her different than anyone else? What makes her unique? What is her true beauty?
Kabbalistic Numerology and the Miracle of Chanukah
There’s a natural order to our beautiful world.
Her Last Request Fulfilled
She was recuperating from an operation for a broken leg, and though she had been experiencing some occasional breathing problems since the operation, there had been no indication that anything was wrong, apart from her inability to walk.
Being What You Teach
As I made my way to my favorite vegetable stand, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation of the tourist mother with her four- or five-year-old daughter.
A Holocaust Chanukah Miracle
Surrounded by strangers, he was afraid to strike a match or recite a blessing for fear of calling undue attention to himself and his family.
Chanukah Lights
The light I speak of is not harnessed through modern technology nor emitted through halogen bulbs. It is a spiritual light.
Nurturing Spirituality
No matter what dirt tries to attach to our souls—and it surely will—our souls remain pure. We just need to learn how to see that.
Being Present
It’s easy for me to cook and clean, arrange for things and do the shopping, make phone calls and give baths, but it’s not so easy for me to be present while I’m doing these things.
Spirituality vs. Religion
A Chanukah Lesson
Religion that is motion without emotion is missing something.
Lighting and Igniting
Judaism’s fire-lighting has always been one of building. We celebrate our days, our weeks, our months and our relationships with a fire, literally and figuratively . . .
Pregnant with Hope
A Chanukah Lesson
She wanted him to give her advice on she should deal with the situation once the child was born. She wanted him to bless her with strength. He didn’t. You know what he told her instead? He told her that a person should not ask to be able to pass a test that they don’t even have....
The Jelly Squirter
Ask me what I did today. I’ll tell you what I recently told a fellow mom when she asked me what I did this past summer: “Nothing.” Fascinating. When I review my day with Naftoli, it’s jam-packed. When I review my day with myself, it leaves me questioning my very identity as a person...
What's Oil Got to do with it?
There is no doubt that these flames are telling a story. The real question is, are we listening?
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