Category Archives: 2017

THE LAST DAY OF HANUKKAH

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YAHRZEITS — TEVET, 5778

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dorothy Meyer 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Sarah Lewin 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Sylvia Goldman 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Theodore Eichner 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner
Louis Eisenberg 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
Jules Cherry 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
Molly Dunaeff 8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Cynthia Boyd 14 Tevet, 5769 Mother of Stephen Boyd
James Levie 15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Daniel E. Fischer 24 Tevet, 5764 Brother of Robert Fischer
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman 24 Tevet, 5776 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Gene Charnes 27 Tevet, 5763 Father of Joe Charnes
Alexander Fischer 28 Tevet, 5743 Father of Robert Fischer
Emma Betteti 28 Tevet, 5754 Aunt of Meriam Nagel

AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY HANUKKAH PARTY – CHANGE IN VENUE

Please take note of the change in venue for the community Hanukkah party.

Saturday, 12/16/2017, 28 Kislev, 5778: Fourth day of chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M. From there we will go to the YWCA, 220 2nd Street North, for the annual Aitz Chaim community Hanukkah party. Please bring a milchig (dairy) dish to share, and a hearty appetite for latkes and Sufganiyot.

LIGHT ONE CANDLE

This is one of my favorite Hanukkah songs. I found a blog about it from Teruah – Jewish music, written in 2007, that interested me. I would not have thought this song was controversial before reading this blog.

Once you get past “Sevivon, Sov Sov Sov,” “I have a little dreidel” and “Maoz Tzur”, there aren’t a lot of great Channukah songs. All sorts of folks have stepped up to fill the void, usually with earnest but forgettable results. One song, Peter Yarrow’s “Don’t Let the Lights Go Out,” became an immediate, if a bit controversial, hit. First performed “as part of the 1982 Peter, Paul and Mary Hanukkah/ Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall with the N.Y. Choral Society,” the song ask us to

“Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks that 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
But light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peacemaker’s time is at hand”

On the positive side, the lyrics connect one of the central images Channukah (the menorah) with one of the central themes of the holiday (freedom) in a moving way. The song reminds us that while the event of Channukah happened along time ago, the situation of Channukah (loss of freedom) happens daily and that observance of Channukah ritual in the home should be matched with action to encourage freedom in the world. This as as elegant a Tikun Olam statement as I’ve heard in a pop song.

On the negative side, (and I’ve heard this in more places than the “Yourish blog” post but I’m having trouble finding other references at the moment), the song uses a Jewish holiday solely as the anchor for secular social action. In other words, where are the Jews in the song? Where is the Judaism? As a writer, I’ve claimed the song has a connection to Tikun Olam, but the song doesn’t make that commitment. I’ve claimed that the song says that Channukah ritual should be matched with action. The song really just stays to do social action and can be read as preferring that over observance of ritual.

It’s one of those perplexing questions…does the song bring a strong Jewish belief (Tikun Olam) to the secular / Christian United States or is it just appropriating Jewish images to support a secular political movement (the social justice movement). Personally, I love the song and am willing to make assumptions in its favor. What do you think?
Posted by Jack at 6:28 AM

2 comments:
Ben said…
No one ever said that the song is necessarily Jewish. Peter Paul and Mary are not rabbis. If they claimed it to be a Jewish song, then I could see it being controversial, but they are like many performers of Jewish ethnicity who just so happen to throw in some Jewish references to a non-Jewish song. But I like your attitude that you choose the positive slant. And I guess this is an discussion that could go on forever.
December 6, 2007

Anonymous said…
It’s a song. Not an anthem or a manifesto. Leave it be and enjoy the music. November 28, 2012

DOUG FROM GREAT FALLS WILL OFFICIALLY PIN ON A STAR IN JANUARY!

On behalf of Major General A.C. Roper, Commander, 76th Division, United States
Army Reserve, you are invited to attend a ceremony in honor of Colonel Douglas
A. Cherry on the occasion of his promotion to Brigadier General.

Please follow the link below to view your invitation and RSVP.

COL Cherry’s Promotion Ceremony: January 6th, at 2:00pm
https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=372928&k=01664000795F

**If you are unable to click on the link please copy and paste the address
into your web browser.

For information regarding this event please contact the protocol officer; Mrs.
Pauliese Litnak at (801) 656-3400 or mailto:pauliese.a.litnak.civ@mail.mil

Very Respectfully,
Mrs. Pauliese A. Litnak
CIV, Executive Administrative Assistant
76th Division (Operational Response)
Office: 801.656.3413
BB: 910.850.1355
Email: pauliese.a.litnak.civ@mail.mil

CREMATION OR BURIAL: A JEWISH VIEW, BY DORON KORNBLUTH

http://www.aish.com/sp/ph/Cremation_or_Burial_A_Jewish_View.html

HELPING SMALL JEWISH COMMUNITIES HONOR THEIR PASTS WHILE PLANNING FOR THEIR FUTURES

http://www.jclproject.org

https://urj.org/what-we-do/congregational-life/small-congregations

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CHANUKAH AT THE CAPITOL

We have firmed up plans for our annual Chanukah candle lighting for Monday, December 18th, 30 Kislev, beginning at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Helena. Governor Steve Bullock is scheduled to join us.

I will schedule a room for a meeting of the MAJCo representatives. More information will follow soon about agenda.
Bert Chessin
406.531.5193
Missoula, Montana

THE LIBERATION OF JERUSALEM A CENTURY AGO – COMPARABLE TO THE SALVATION HOLIDAYS OF HANNUKAH AND PURIM?

The Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago – Comparable to the Salvation Holidays of Hanukkah and Purim?

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS: December 12-25, 2017, 24 Kislev — 7 Tevet, 5778

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017—Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 25 Kislev — 2 Tevet, 5778: Chanukkah.
  • Tuesday, 12/12/2017, 24 Kislev, 5778, 5:30 P.M.: Erev Chanukah. We will light the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold.
  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017, 25 Kislev, 5778: First day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, 12/14/2016, 26 Kislev, 5778: Second day of Chanukah. We will light the third candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, 12/15/2017, 27 Kislev, 5778: Third day of Chanukah. We will light the fourth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, 12/16/2017, 28 Kislev, 5778: Fourth day of chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M. From there we will go to the YWCA, 220 2nd Street North, for the annual community Chanukah party. Please bring a milchig (dairy) dish to share, and a hearty appetite for latkes and Sufganiyot.
  • Sunday, 12/17/2017, 29 Kislev, 5778: Fifth day of Chanukah. We will light the sixth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: 12:00 P.M.: Menorah lighting at the Montana State Capitol in Helena, followed by a MAJCo meeting at 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: Sixtht day of Chanukah. We will light the seventh candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/19/2017, 1 Tevet, 5778: Seventh day of Chanukah. We will light the eighth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 2 Tevet, 5778: Eighth day of Chanukah.
  • Sunday-Monday, 12/24-25/2017, 6-7 Tevet, 5778: Christmas at the Mercy Home. Please see separate article in Ram’s Horn.