Hot Air & Chanukah

Albuquerque hosts the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, so it’s no surprise that my home town can also claim the world’s greatest hot air balloon Chanukah menorah. According to the local Chabad, it’s . . . The Largest Menorah Ever! Made from hot air balloons, this Menorah will be seen for miles.… Continue reading Hot Air & Chanukah


A note on Hanukkah 5776

I have to admit to some mixed feelings about Hanukkah this year. The holiday commemorates a military victory, specifically a Jewish military victory in defense of Jewish religious practice. As we celebrate Hanukkah in 5776/2015, we’re surrounded by images of religious violence in our world, and every military victory is inevitably violent. Of course there’s… Continue reading A note on Hanukkah 5776

Minority rules: Hanukkah 5772

Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the temple area, in Shlomo’s colonnade. So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “how much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!” Yeshua answered them, “I have already told… Continue reading Minority rules: Hanukkah 5772