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Parshat Vayechi concludes the Book of Genesis and marks the end of the era of the Patriarchs. Jacob’s final tasks were to “bless” his children and to ensure that he would be buried in the family tomb in Hebron.

Wednesday 01/11/2017
Workshop offers taste of Mussar
Posted: January 11, 2017

An interactive workshop leading participants on a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth will be presented Jan. 22 at Temple Chai.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Hanukkah happenings throughout the Valley
Posted: January 04, 2017

Eight days of a holiday allows for a variety of celebration options, from building a menorah to lighting one, as well as opportunities for mitzvah projects and even a Jewish Heritage Night hockey game hosted by the Arizona Coyotes. Here are some snapshots from this year’s Hanukkah events.

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Yom Kippur in January
Posted: January 04, 2017

Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Optimal living, optimal Judaism
Posted: December 28, 2016

The mitzvah of lighting the Hanukkah menorah – one of the most universally observed mitzvot - features an unusual aspect that, when compared to other mitzvot, invites explanation. The Talmud (Shabbat 21b) records a hierarchical list of different ways of fulfilling this mitzvah that represent varied levels of preference and desirability. 

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Hanukkah Calendar 12-30-16
Posted: December 28, 2016

Hanukkah calendar

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Tuesday 12/27/2016
Jewish community formed in Madagascar
Posted: December 27, 2016

Though there is no synagogue, mikvah or Jewish school in Madagascar, visitors to the African island nation can enjoy a strictly kosher meal, Shabbat services and weekly learning programs.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
The danger of inaction
Posted: December 21, 2016

Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23

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Hanukkah art contest
Posted: December 21, 2016

Jewish News received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Hanukkah art contest. Thank you to all the synagogues and schools who spread the word and to all the young artists who participated. The winning piece, featured on the cover of this issue, is by Rachel Milrad, 8, a student at Torah Day School of Phoenix. On these pages are some of the other beautiful submissions we received and others can be found on our website, jewishaz.com.

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How I learned to give up Christmas
Posted: December 21, 2016

When people find out I’m a Jew by Choice (otherwise known as a convert), one of the first questions I get is, “Was it hard to give up Christmas?”

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Hanukkah candles with a mission
Posted: December 21, 2016

The Menorah Candle Company, a manufacturer and exporter of millions of Hanukkah candles worldwide, is one of the oldest businesses in the industrial zone of Sderot, the Negev city better known as a frequent target for Hamas rockets than for its commerce.

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My favorite thing about Hanukkah is...
Posted: December 21, 2016

Jewish News asked children what their favorite thing about Hanukkah is. In addition to the most popular answers of presents, chocolate gelt and latkes, here are their responses:

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8 ways to celebrate Hanukkah that aren’t about the presents
Posted: December 21, 2016

We love Hanukkah. The message that the Rabbis in the Talmud give about the holiday is that we light candles each night in order to increase the holiness in the world. 

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Hanukkah sweaters are now a thing — and I love them
Posted: December 21, 2016

NEW YORK   — Ever since I moved here from Israel, every late November felt like the beginning of a month-long assault. Every store, business and doctor’s office blared Christmas songs, streets were decorated with ostentatious light shows and seemingly everything became green and red — which, as an art school grad, I found personally offensive to my design sensibilities.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Conservative group ousts rabbi for performing intermarriages
Posted: December 20, 2016

NEW YORK – Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom has been expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly, the movement’s rabbis’ association, for performing interfaith weddings.

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
Wrestling: The devil didn’t make me do it
Posted: December 14, 2016

Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43

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