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 firstname.lastname@example.org Question for the 8th Night: What is the historical legacy of Hanukkah? Dipping for the 8th Question: Dip a piece of sweet, fruity bread into a ...continue reading "A Question for the 8th Night of Hanukkah: What Does Hanukkah Have to Teach Us in Our Times"
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"
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"
The other day I attended a morning minyan at a synagogue. At the minyan I used a siddur app that was on my mobile phone. The app makes the letters large and easy to read. I noticed as I logged on that there was an option on the menu ...continue reading "Teshuvah-Repentance? Is There an App for That"