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  1. PJI: Lights in the Darkness

  2. Light of Chanukah text study

    Sources, ancient and modern, on the nature of the light of Hanukkah. Assembled by Rabbi Toba Spitzer.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-light-hanukkah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:39pm

  3. Evolution of Hanukkah text study

    A text study on the evolution of Hanukkah. What is the miracle, and what is the light? 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/evolution-hanukkah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:42pm

  4. Maoz Tzur from original Recon siddur

    This revision of a familiar Hanukkah song was published in the 1945 Reconstructionist siddur. The original text was amended to address ethical concerns raised by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan - specifically, the first verse is changed so that instead of anticipating God “preparing the slaughter of the blaspheming foe,” we look forward to the end of slaughter and the stilling of the sound of battle. See attached for the Hebrew and (non-literal, but poetic) translation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/revised-maoz-tzur-early-reconstructionist-siddur

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:54pm

  5. Who Can Remember? Hanukkah Story

    (NOTE: Sandy Brusin explains her motivation for writing this most beautiful story in the following way: “I wrote the story because I don’t like any of the children’s stories about Hanukah I’ve seen. They fall into one of two categories: schmaltz or baloney. The schmaltz stories usually have Iatkes sizzling in a pan—with mommy, of course, doing all the sizzling; and the baloney stories make a big deal out of the oil burning for eight days. I wanted to present the wonder of the story.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/who-can-remember-hanukkah-story

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 12:46pm

  6. A Discussion About Teaching Hanukkah: Miracle or Not?

    Discussion from November 2004


    Toni Bloomberg Grossman, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

    Hi everyone,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/discussion-about-teaching-hanukkah-miracle-or-not

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:31pm

  7. Yael Ridburg Hanukkah column 2020

    Rabbi Yael Ridberg’s Hanukkah message was published in the San Diego Tribune on December 11, 2020. The full piece can be found here: Commentary: Even during this pandemic we must let our Hanukkah light shine during the holidays

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/rabbi-yael-ridberg-amidst-pandemic-letting-our-hanukkah-light-shine

    Posted on: 2020/12/14 - 11:11am