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Festivals (of Light) for Israel

Just as YOU stand for Israel this Hanukkah, so too did many people for 20 years of "Hanukkah Festivals for Israel" held at the historic Madison Square Garden.

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Lighting a Candle in the Desert

While serving in Saudi Arabia during 1990's Operation Desert Storm, Jewish troops quietly kept their faith during Hanukkah.

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May the Father of All Mercies Scatter Light

Much like the early Americans who won freedom from England, the Maccabees defeated a favored foe in the story celebrated on Hanukkah.

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Mark Twain and the Lost Opportunity

On this date in 1905, the beloved American author born Samuel Clemens headlined an event to benefit Eastern Europe's impoverished Jews.

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The George Washington of South America and the Jews of Curacao

When Simon Bolivar liberated the people of Venezuela, he found help and hospitality from a local Jewish community.

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Anti-Semitism Grows More Violent

As hate crimes of all types balloon, the violence associated with attacks on Jews keeps getting worse and worse.

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The Damascus Affair

The eighth president of the United States stood up for persecuted Jews overseas.

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From Tabernacles to Turkeys

The American holiday of Thanksgiving very well may have been inspired by the biblical holiday of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles.

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America’s Grateful Hearts

Ever since George Washington first called for national day of Thanksgiving in 1789, the oldest American synagogue has celebrated it.

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Washington’s Letter to the ‘Children of the Stock of Abraham’

After the rabbi of the oldest standing synagogue in the U.S. wrote to George Washington, the first American president responded in kind.

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‘The Heritage of Israel Is Beating in the Pulses of Millions’

The 1876 novel, Daniel Deronda, by British author George Eliot helped inspire the Zionist movement.

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The Star of the East…and His Son

Barney Aaron and his son — "Young Barney Aaron" — were hall of fame boxers of the 19th century...and they were Jewish!

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