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     The Questions posed are in this series of blog posts are part of Rabbi Gartenberg's Hanukkah Seder. For a copy, write to him at Question for the 7th Night:  What is the historical legacy of Hanukkah? Dipping for the 7th Question: Dip a piece of challah into mixed oil ...continue reading "A Question for the 7th Night of Hanukkah: What is the Historic Legacy of Hanukkah?"

The Questions posed are part of Rabbi Gartenberg's Hanukkah Seder. For a copy, write to him at Dipping for the 6th Question: Dip roasted. garlic bread in a special mixed oil of with cinnamon, cumin, Fresh green chile. Effect   An initial sweet and savory taste followed by the chile's ...continue reading "A Question for the 6th Night of Hanukkah: Were the Maccabees Heroes or Zealots?"

On the fifth night of Hanukkah we pose this question: Why did the Jews reject passive resistance against Antiochus? We pose and discuss this question as we dip a piece of dark rye bread into Cardamon and Sumac Flavored Oil. "[Due to the persecution] many seekers for justice went down ...continue reading "A Question for the 5th Night of Hanukkah: Why did the Jews Reject Passive Resistance Against Antiochus?"

Why did some Jews choose to die for God? The Maccabean revolt is the first appearance of martyrdom in the history of religion. The most vivid story of Martyrdom we tell below.  As we explore this question at the Hanukkah Seder, we dip rosemary bread into an oil mixed with ...continue reading "The Question of the Fourth Night: When is it Necessary to Die for God? The Jewish Teachings on Martyrdom"

What Was the Cause of the Jewish Revolt Against Antiochus? At the Hanukkah Seder we dip Lavash into burnt Almond Oil upon asking this question and the presentation of this ancient text. "Moreover, King Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people. And everyone should leave ...continue reading "A Question for the Third Night of Hanukkah"

Dear Friends, As you gather for the first night of Hanukkah, I want to send to you a question and text for discussion with family, friends and guests. Each night of Hanukkah I will send you a distinct question and text for your discussion. These questions and texts form the ...continue reading "A Question for the First Night of Hanukkah"

What is a Hanukkah Seder? A Seder, think Passover Seder, is a ritually ordered feast that features symbolic foods, dramatic rituals, sensory stimulation, and a collection of provocative texts that engenders questions, conversation, and insight. Judaism features not only the Passover Seder, but other Sedarim (plural) that create rich spiritual ...continue reading "What is a Hanukkah Seder?"

Each night of Hanukkah I am posing a question for discussion, Each of these questions is included in an original Hanukkah Seder I composed in collaboration with the chef, Emily Moore . We will be doing the Hanukkah Seder on Friday night, December 7, 2018 at the WeWork Center in ...continue reading "A Question for the Second Day of Hanukkah and Update on Our Fall Subscription Drive"

Today, I began my Lyft shift (not a Jewish family name) at 5am.  Lyft sent me to pick up a Denise (her name has been changed to protect privacy) in North Seattle. She was going to the airport for a week long trip to Central America for work. She was ...continue reading "Tales of the Lyfter Rebbe: A Story that Will Blow Your Mind"

As Giving Tuesday arrives, consider giving some of your Tzdekah allotment to a special Jewish non-profit that opens doors, welcomes strangers, and shares Shabbat with unique joyfulness. You have the opportunity to support and sustain Panim Hadashot-New Faces in one of two ways. The first way is by a monthly ...continue reading "Consider Panim Hadashot-New Faces on Giving Tuesday"