COMMUNITY CHANUKKAH PARTY

Please join us for the annual Chanukkah party at Stuart and Hillary’s house, 615 3rd Ave North, on Sunday, December 21. The party officially begins at 3:00, but come early with your latke mix and start frying so we are ready to eat at 3:00. If you want to help decorate Stuart’s house (they can use some help), please contact Stuart to arrange a time to come over earlier that day. His number is 868-8936.

Applesauce and sour cream will be provided, so bring a beverage, dessert, salad, and/or latke mix to share!

The party will conclude at the civic center at 5:30 for the daily menorah lighting at the civic center.

If you have any questions, please contact Stuart at 868-8936.

See you there!

Wendy

One night one light

We got a phone message today about a free webcast for the 1st night of Chanukah worldwide. It is at http://onenightonelight.com and starts at 9pm eastern, or 7pm mountain.

Candle Lighting and MAJCO this Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda, noon

The Capitol Rotunda will be the site for our annual Chanukiah lighting this coming Thursday, December 18. Tables will be set up for the community chanukiahs and if additional tables are needed let me know so I can arrange.

Rabbis and spiritual leaders have been asked to speak and it appears that the lieutenant governor, Angela McLean, will join us. Governor Bullock is unavailable.

We have reserved Room 172 beginning at 1 pm for a meeting of the MAJCO board.

Looking forward to seeing many of you and hoping the forecast for clear skies holds.
b’shalom,

Bert Chessin
406.531.5193
Missoula, Montana

Happy Chanukah!!

HAPPY CHANUKAH FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS

MAKE YOUR OWN SWEET CHOCOLATE-FILLED SUFGANIYOT

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Chag Chanukah Sameach

Light One Candle

Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks their light didn’t die;
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied;
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
Justice and freedom demand;
And light one candle for the wisdom to know
That the peacemaker’s time is at hand!

Chorus:
Don’t let the light go out,
It’s lasted for so many years!
Don’t let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears!

Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe;
Light one candle for those who are suff’ring
A pain they learned so long ago;
Light one candle for all we believe in,
That anger not tear us apart;
And light one candle to bind us together
With peace as the song in our heart!

Chorus:
Don’t let the light go out,
It’s lasted for so many years!
Don’t let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears!

What is the memory that’s valued so highly
That we keep it alive in that flame?
What’s the commitment to those who have died?
We cry out “they’ve not died in vain,”
We have come this far, always believing
That justice will somehow prevail;
This is the burden, This is the promise,
This is why we will not fail!

Chorus:
Don’t let the light go out,
It’s lasted for so many years!
Don’t let the light go out!
Let it shine through our love and our tears!

Don’t let the light go out!
Don’t let the light go out!
Don’t let the light go out!

Submitted by Brian Schnitzer

THE JEWISH SAMURAI

Once upon a time, a powerful Emperor of the Rising Sun advertised for a new Chief Samurai. After a year, only three applied for the job: a Japanese, a Chinese, and a Jewish Samurai.

“Demonstrate your skills!” commanded the Emperor.

The Japanese samurai stepped forward, opened a tiny box, and released a fly. He drew his samurai sword and *Swish!* the fly fell to the floor, neatly divided in two!

“What a feat!” said the Emperor. “Number Two Samurai, show me what you can do.”

The Chinese samurai smiled confidently, stepped forward and opened a tiny box, releasing a fly. He drew his samurai sword and * Swish! * Swish! * The fly fell to the floor neatly quartered.

“That is skill!” nodded the Emperor. “How are you going to top that, Number three Samurai?”

The Jewish samurai, Obi-wan Cohen, stepped forward, opened a tiny box releasing one fly, drew his samurai sword and *Swoooooosh! * flourished his sword so mightily that a gust of wind blew through the room. But the fly was still buzzing around!

In disappointment, the Emperor said, “What kind of skill is that? The fly isn’t even dead.”

“Dead? DEAD?” replied the Jewish Samurai. Dead is easy …but circumcised ?!

Submitted by Elliott Magalnick

YOUTUBES FOR CHANUKAH

1) A country western version of the dreydle song

2) For those of you who remember the Mac vs. PC commercials, here is the Christmas/Chanukah parody

3) The Maccabeats sing about Chanukah

Contributed by Jerry Weissman, who commented: “I like them all, but the first one by Captain Smartypants is fun.”

CHANUKAH AND THE MOON © JEFFREY WARREN HYMAN

This year the Jewish holiday of Chanukah begins 6 days before the new moon on 12/16 and it ends 2 days after the new moon on 12/24.
Chanukah is always the darkest 8-day period for the sun and moon in tandem, and the sun and moon in tandem are always furthest South for the year. The sun is always furthest South in December (12/23) and the moon always reaches its extreme southern declination around the new moon in December. With the southern tilt of the earth the moon is now furthest South for the year. And the sun and moon are both always furthest South for the year on the last night on December 23 … 5-6 pm for the sun and 6-7 pm for the moon. The last night of Chanukah is an amazing sight and event. The ancients knew all about this, while the astronomers today could care less about this.

SEVEN IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT CHANUKAH
1. It is always the darkest period for the sun and moon in tandem for the entire year.

2. The sun and moon can be seen in tandem furthest South for the entire year.

3. There is only a crescent moonlight now or no moonlight. There are only around 12 hours of moonlight on eight nights, and between 7PM and midnight only around 7 hours of moonlight for eight nights. So Chanukah is really a darkness festival, while Sukkoth with about 56 hours of moonlight on eight nights you might say is the true “Festival of Lights”. Perhaps that’s why Jewish people sleep outdoors in open huts (Sukkot) to harness all that Harvest moonlight and to witness the lunar splendor at that time.

4. Chanukah is said to be an emotionally trying period. People shouldn’t be alone then and they should give gifts now to cheer each other up.

5. There is also a navigational alert for the sun and moon now. In many locales the sun and moon give South compass headings even though they will rise East (ESE) and set West (W/SW).

6. The 4 sided Jewish Dradle depicts the four quarters of the moon:
FIRST QUARTER = H win a little (the waxing moon).
SECOND QUARTER (the week before full moon) = G The best week of the month. Win a lot
THIRD QUARTER = S (the week after full moon) lose a little. This is the mellow waning moon in the 3rd quarter.
THE FOURTH QUARTER = N (the week before new moon) Lose a lot.

7. Every year on the last night of Chanukah (12/23 this year) the sun and moon in tandem will set furthest South for the year. This is one of the great annual astronomical sightings and it’s the same as it was in ancient times.

Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Warren Hyman. All Rights Reserved.
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