Chanukah And The Menorah

Candles Burn In The Chanukiya

 

Chanukah And The Menorah (Randyjw; December 14, 2017)

 

Here is an interesting article in Breaking Israel News about recent finds regarding the Jewish menorah:

 

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/99216/historys-5-incredible-menorah-discoveries-eve-hanukkah/#zRpL83RUpCAtoKSD.97

 

Another great article at Breaking Israel News teaches fascinating and factual information about the events, people and times, which led to the humanly-designated celebration of Chanukah by the Jewish people:

 

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/99256/ancient-oil-lamp-traced-back-first-ever-hanukkah-maccabee-era/#yWzDErRRRAGu3vOF.97

 

Here is a map of the Jewish fighters, the Hasmoneans, and locations, in Israel:

 

http://www.jewishpress.com/multimedia/photos/sites-of-the-maccabees/2017/12/12/

 

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Chanukah 5778

 

Chanukah 5778 (Randyjw; December 12, 2017)

 

Happy Chanukah 5778!!!

 

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Israel Update

 

Israel Update (Randyjw; December 8, 2017)

 

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve commented on or shared updates about Israel; a lot has been happening there. Here are a few interesting notations, worth your while:

 

First: In a bold and historic announcement, President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Due to anti-Semitism, the world of nations has never accorded the same rights to Israel as it allows the rest of the nations: to designate their country’s own capital. December 6, President Trump reversed the unfair discrimination and prejudice and declared that Jerusalem is (as it has been for thousands of years, long before the United States and most of today’s nations has even existed) Israel’s capital. We have now received the fair rights that all other nations have enjoyed. Here is the official White House statement:

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/12/06/statement-president-trump-jerusalem

 

 

Second: A rare discovery of Muslim coins found in Israel indicate that the Muslims were using the symbol of the Jewish menorah on their coins in acknowledgement of the Jewish practice and usage of the menorah at the Holy Temple. Read the Breaking Israel News article by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz on this issue, here:

 

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/99050/archaeologists-discover-muslim-artifacts-proving-jerusalems-jewish-identity/#/

 

Third: Four more days to Chanukah! Yay!

 

L’hitraot, for now…

 

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Winter’s Embrace

 

Winter’s Embrace (Rachelgv; December 1, 2017)

 

A last, loving glance

the feather trailed slowly over his face

shuttering the seaside home

for winter’s strong embrace

In another time, perchance,

gathered in a state of grace

details memorized

the slipcover slowly pulled into place

Her heart,

Etched with every meaning,

would always recall

every smile, and every greeting

as it had always,

knowing every line of his face

by every guise

through all our weathered seasons

 


 

(Celebrate my birthday tonight, won’t you?)

 

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Fall

Fall (Randyjw; November 13, 2017)

 

For every fall

there is spring

and lonely winters

summer brings

 

The patterns

already set

only single days

remain to be met

 

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Ellipsis

. . .

Ellipsis (Randyjw; October 31, 2017)

 

There is an ellipsis

which connects our dots

forever and always

in my heart

 

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Forevermore

Forevermore (Randyjw; October 29, 2017)

 

The torch in my hand

in my heart

and at the door

remains lit

always

and forevermore

 

 

 

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