Shabbat Shalom!

This week’s Torah reading is Parashat Vayeishev.  The reading is Genesis 37:1-40:23).  Here is a brief commentary from Baruch: In this week’s Torah reading, Joseph is sold into slavery. At first the brothers were planning to kill him. This shows how easy it is for sin to take hold of people and lead them to

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Lighting the Hanukkiah

Kindle one candle plus the Shammash (helper) candle tonight. The eight-day festival of Hanukkah begins tonight. In commemoration of the miracle of the oil we kindle the Hanukkah lights — oil lamps or candles — each evening for eight days, increasing the number of lights each evening. Tonight, the first night of Hanukkah, we kindle one

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Romania Update from Our Team Leader

   As you probably know, on December 6,  elections were held for the Romanian Parliament.  This was a very strange election because after 2 weeks of quarantine and isolation, the Government said “for the elections, all the restrictions are taken off.”  They thought this would motivate the people to go vote. The surprise was that only about 34%

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Learn to Play the Dreidel Game!

The dreidel game appears to be a game of chance, but there is a more somber backdrop. When Antiochus forbade Jews to study the Torah or gather in synagogues in the second century BCE, they continued to meet secretly in homes. A lookout would be stationed near the door and give warning when the government

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