Hanukkah Resources from Our Rabbis

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Hanukkah Today

Read Rabbi Shawn's Kol Shalom articles:

December 2016 Kol Shalom
December 2015 Kol Shalom
December 2014 Kol Shalom

Songs & Texts for Hanukkah

Traditional and newer Hanukkah songs and texts from the Book of Maccabees, the Babylonian Talmud, Rambam, Rabbi Arthur Waskow and more can all be found in this compilation of resources.

Divrei Torah for Hanukkah

From Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, in association with the RRC (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College)

December and Dedication, by Rabbi Tova Spitzer

"...For me, the mishkan is a symbol of all that we want to create together as a Jewish community, and as a larger society. The lights we light over Hanukkah remind us of the mishkan, and give us an opportunity to "rededicate" ourselves to creating a society and a world in which the Godly can 'dwell.'"


How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah and Sing the Blessings, with Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat

Listen and watch Rabbi Eisenstat as he demonstrates lighting the Hanukah menorah.


The United States of Hanukkah, by Rabbi Steve Segar

"Reconstructionist Judaism has tended to view our multiple cultural identities as dynamic, interactive and growth-producing. As such, the true story of Hanukkah becomes a perfect context for looking deeply into our own psyches to explore the evolving relationship between our Jewish and American selves...."


Three Reasons, by Rabbi Howard Cohen

"True and lasting peace in Israel will come 'not by might, not by power, but My spirit.'"

Hanukkah Resources from Rabbi Yael and A Way In: Jewish Mindfulness Organization

"As the Hanukkah flames bring light to the darkness, may they remind us to notice the wonders and see the blessings," says Rabbi Yael. "May the lights we kindle guide us in love and help us act for understanding and peace."

A Way In has prepared a number of offerings to help you have a meaningful, mindful celebration of Hanukkah.

The online "Chanukah Night by Night" series by Rabbi Yael Levy features daily teaching and suggestions for practice, plus a music video, for each day of Chanukah. Subscribers to A Way In's newsletter will receive daily emails, with postings also on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to sign up to receive the emails.

Gift sets of six all-occasion cards featuring Rabbi Yael Levy's inspiring translations of Psalm verses, matched with evocative nature photos. ($18.00)

"Chanukah Lights: Psalms of Hallel," Rabbi Yael's e-book translation of the Psalms of Hallel (Psalms 113 to 118), available through Smashwords.com and Amazon.com. ($4.99).

Hanukkah e-cards to share on Facebook or to download and email to family and friends. (Free)    

A free, downloadable .pdf of the blessings for lighting the Hanukkah candles, translated by Rabbi Yael, as well as a separate intention for each night.

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