Our daily Chanukah celebration begins each night with the kindling of the menorah. Continue the warmth of this special family time, and the connection of your family's Chanukah ritual with a bedtime that includes Jewish prayers, blessings and songs.
In this issue's Spotlight on the Arts, we learn about an article entitled "Graven Images: The Long Road to Spirituality in Jewish Puppetry," by Mark Levenson, a puppet-theater writer, producer, performer and board member of the Jim Henson Foundation.
In commemoration of Mordecai and Esther's Purim victory, the two declared it as a holiday for all time, to be celebrated with feasting and exchanging gifts of food. Learn about those foods and the blessing that go with them in this issue.
In this issue, we consider this: "Slavery does offer a certain freedom that can be attractive: the freedom from responsibility for yourself and others, the freedom from having to establish goals, figure out how to reach them, or think beyond the moment..."
Leaving what is familiar for something new, even something better, can be a challenge. The slaves who left Egypt found it hard to imagine a new life, and they complained about conditions in the wilderness. When people immigrate to Israel today, they also have to adapt to new circumstances. In this issue we think about adapting as we recount our exodus from Egypt.
Jews always have been a traveling people, whether by chance or by choice. These migrations spread the Jewish people to every corner of the earth. In this issue, we learn the prayers we say before embarking on a journey.
An enduring message of Passover is that we are to value the questions of children, for it is through the questions of children that we remember and celebrate our history. In this issue, learn about some American Jewish history, including the history of Manischewitz.
From a verse in Exodus, we can infer that the land around Mount Sinai was green and fertile. A beautiful artistic tradition that evolved from these associations is that of decorating with floral-patterned papercuts called shavuoslech. In this issue we'll focus on this elaborate artwork.
In this issue, in connection with the time of year when we celebrate both a successful wheat harvest and the monumental event when God gave the Torah to us, we focus on the blessing that thanks God for the food that sustains us.
Recognizing that Shavuot has both agricultural and religious roots, the holiday is known by several different names: Shavuot, Z'man Matan Torateinu and Chag HaBikkurim. Learn about this and more in this issue.