Hanukkah

“We’ve come to chase away the darkness, carrying light and fire in our hands…” goes the modern Israeli song. Hanukkah is a time to celebrate the tiny miracle of oil and light, and the spirit of the Jewish people fighting to preserve our identity throughout the course of history. In addition to lighting Hanukkah candles, the rituals of this holiday can be enriched by innovative Hanukkah practices that celebrate women’s connections to the Hanukkah story, that focus on healing, and that offer an inspired role for gift giving.

 

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“We call dormant brightness into being”

Light in Kislev

“The wicks have bowed their heads low”

The Hanukkah Choir of Silence

Bringing mindfulness to the act of welcoming guests through a chant and series of ritual intentions

Eight Ritual Steps of Hakhnasat Orkhim (Welcoming Guests)

a Hanukkah 2020 reflection inspired by the Jewish Studio Art Project 

Rededication

An original melody for Hanukkah

Hanerot Hallalu Kodesh Hem: These Lights of Ours are Holy

“It doesn’t even matter if the miracles are true / What matters is what they stand for”

Pandemic Hanukkah

Meditation inspired by the Piasetzner rebbe, Rabbi Kalonymos Kalman Shapira

Shining our Inner Light on Hanukkah: Meditation for Accessing our Soul’s Potential

“If we could pluck shards / from the dark …”

If We Could Speak Light

Ladino version of the traditional Hallel sung on the seventh night of Hanukkah

Bendigamos al Altísimo: A Ladino Hanukkah Blessing for the Seventh Night

“She chopped and mixed from scratch”

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