What makes the candle lighting in Sderot worth mentioning is the fact that it is particularly symbolic of how the Jewish spirit looks for ways to turn tragedy into triumph.
He made the menorah of pure gold. He made the menorah – its base and its shaft – of hammered work; its cups, calyxes, and petals were of one piece with it. Shemot (Exodus) 37:17 וַ ּיַ עַ ׂש אֶ ת־הַ ּמְ נֹרָ ה זָהָ ב טָ הֹור מִ קְ ׁשָ ה עָ ׂשָ ה אֶ… Read more »
It was around midnight in June 2015, when I received one of the most dreaded phone calls. I was in bed waiting for my husband to return home from another one of his Binyamin League basketball games, when a neighbor called: “There’s been another shooting on the road, your husband is OK, but his cell has no service,” she said.
This Chanukah (the Jewish Festival of Lights), the Israel Museum displays 150 of its collection of 1,000 chanukiot – the largest collection of its kind in the world. The Chanukah menorahs, exhibited in the museum’s Jewish Art and Culture Wing, include pieces from an array of ancient Jewish diaspora communities in Spain, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Holland, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia, Russia and Ukraine.