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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!

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!

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!

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


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


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.”


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.

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.


Please mark your calendars to remind you of these upcoming events.

  • Tuesday, 12/16/2014—Wednesday, 12/24/2014: Chanukkah.
  • Tuesday, 12/16/2014, 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, 12/17/2014: First day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, 12/18/2014, 12:00 P.M.: Annual MAJCO Chanukiah lighting at the Capitol Rotunda in Helena.
  • Thursday, 12/18/2014: Second day of Chanukah. We will light the third candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, 12/19/2014: Third day of Chanukah. We will light the fourth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, 12/20/2014: Fourth day of chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Sunday, 12/21/2014, Fifth day of Chanukah, 3:00 P.M.: Chanukah party at the home of Stuart and Hilary Lewin, concluding with the 5:30 lighting of the sixth candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Channukiah at the Civic Center.
  • Monday, 12/22/2014: Sixtht day of Chanukah. We will light the seventh candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/23/2014: Seventh day of Chanukah. We will light the eight candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/24/2014: Eighth day of Chanukah.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, 12/24-25/2014: Christmas at the Mercy Home. See separate article in Ram’s Horn.


Two Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jewish man is
sitting between them. The first Texan says,
“My name is Roger. I own 250,000 acres. I have 1,000 head of cattle and
they call my place The Jolly Roger.”
The second Texan says, “My name is John. I own 350,000 acres. I have
5,000 head of cattle and they call my place Big John’s.”
They both look down at the little old Jewish man who says, “My name is
Irving and I own only 300 acres.”
Roger looks down at him and says, “300 Acres? What do you raise?”
“Nothing,” says Irving .
“Well then, what do you call it?” asked John.
“Downtown Dallas “.
Moishe Goldberg was heading out of the Synagogue one day, and as always
Rabbi Mendel was standing at the door, shaking hands as the
Congregation departed. The rabbi grabbed Moishe by the hand, pulled him
aside and whispered these words at him: “You need to join the Army of
Moishe replied: “I’m already in the Army of God, Rabbi.”
The rabbi questioned: “Then how come I don’t see you except for Rosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur?”
Moishe whispered back: “I’m in the secret service.”
Rabbi approaches a guest in Shul and says, “I’d like to give you an
Aliyah. What is your name?”
The man answers, “Esther ben Moshe.”
The Rabbi says, “No, I need YOUR name.”
It’s Esther ben Moshe,” the man says.
“How can that be your name?” asks the Rabbi.
The man answers, “I’ve been having financial problems, so everything
now is in my wife’s name.”

Doctor Bloom, who was known for miraculous cures for arthritis, had a
waiting-room full of people when a little old lady, completely bent
over in half, shuffled in slowly, leaning on her cane. When her turn
came, she went into the doctor’s office, and emerged within half an
hour walking completely erect, with her head held high.
A woman in the waiting room who had seen all this walked up to the
little old lady and said, “It’s a miracle! You walked in bent in half
and now you’re walking erect. What did that doctor do?”
She answered, “Miracle, shmiracle. . . he gave me a longer cane.”
The Italian says, “I’m thirsty. I must have wine.”
The Frenchman says, “I’m thirsty. I must have cognac.”
The Russian says, “I’m thirsty. I must have vodka.”
The German says, “I’m thirsty. I must have beer.”
The Mexican says, “I’m thirsty. I must have tequila.”
The Jewish man says, “I’m thirsty. I must have diabetes.”
A visitor to Israel attended a recital and concert at the Moscovitz
Auditorium. He was quite impressed with the architecture and the
acoustics. He inquired of the tour guide, “Is this magnificent
auditorium named after Chaim Moscovitz, the famous Talmudic scholar?”
“No,” replied the guide. “It is named after Sam Moscovitz, the writer.”
Never heard of him,” said the visitor. “What did he write?”
“A check,” replied the guide.
Yeshiva University decided to field a rowing team. Unfortunately, they lose race after race. Even though they practice and practice four hours every day, they never manage to come in any better than dead last.
Finally, the team decides to send Morris Fishbein, its captain, to spy on Harvard, the perennial championship team. So Morris schlepps off to Cambridge , Mass. , and hides in the bushes next to the Charles River , where he carefully watches the Harvard team at its daily practice. After a week, Morris returns to Yeshiva. “Well, I figured out their secret,” he announces.
“What? Tell us! Tell us!” his teammates shout.
“We should have only one guy yelling. The other eight should row.”

Submitted by A. M. Heintzelman


Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it is time to start thinking about helping out at the Mercy Home this Christmas. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this “minchag,” our Jewish community volunteers to run the 24 hour domestic violence shelter from 2 PM Christmas Eve until 5 PM on Christmas Day while the staff spend time with their own families. Anyone is welcome – training is provided. The only stipulation is that a male does not volunteer himself – he must volunteer with a female due to the sensitive nature of domestic violence on women. Because this is a “secret shelter” the location of the shelter will be provided to you closer to Christmas.

We usually volunteer for 3 hour shifts starting at 2 PM on 12/24 through 5 PM on 12/25. I have a few volunteers already lined up. Here are the shifts that I need:

  • 12/24: 2 – 5 PM FILLED
  • 12/24: 5 – 8 PM
  • 12/25: 8 – 11 PM
  • Overnight from 11 PM to 8 AM (you can usually sleep as long as you keep the phone nearby in case there is a call)
  • 12/25: 8 – 11 AM FILLED
  • 12/25 11 AM – 2 PM
  • 12/25: 2 – 5 PM

Please contact me (Wendy Weissman) at 868-5712 or at with any questions or to sign up.

Hope to see you there!

Wendy Weissman


Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian 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 Yahrzeit list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to

May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Rose Gran Oct 14, 2014 20 Tishrei, 5775
Henry Espelin Dec 1, 1984 7 Kislev, 5745 Father of Dawn Schandelson
Diane Kaplan Dec 3, 2009 16 Kislev, 5770 Mother of Kai Nealis
Carl Weissman Dec 9, 1960 20 Kislev, 5721 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman
Irving Tatz Dec 9, 2008 12 Kislev, 5769 Beloved husband of Beverly Tatz and father of Janet Tatz
Joseph Magalnick Dec 12, 1970 13 Kislev, 5731 father of Elliot Magalnick
Richard Weiss Dec 12, 2000 15 Kislev, 5761 Father of Laura Weiss
Jules Cherry Dec 13, 1972 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
Louis Eisenberg Dec 17, 1985 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
Molly Dunaeff Dec 20, 1985 8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
James Levie Dec 22, 2010 15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Theodore Eichner Dec 30, 1970 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner
Joe Lavin


On a Thanksgiving Thursday, November 27, 1947, I was in the 6th Grade at the Emerson School (12th Street and 3rd Avenue South) in Great Falls, Montana. My Grandparents, Carl and Sophia Weissman, lived a long two blocks North from the school, so Irving Weissman and I would walk to their house for lunch. My poor grandmother had forgotten what to feed young kids, so we always had pancakes. It was Thanksgiving week and we had the days off from school.

On Monday, the chinook had broken and the temperature dropped from over 50 to around 20 degrees; but we were used to the weather and we walked back to school so at lunch we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house and Grandma Sophia was in a very good mood. She had written in her calendar for November 27 “PALESTINE GIVEN TO THE JEWS.” A great message then and a message of memory now.

Jerry Weissman

Forum | UN vs ISRAEL

November 29, 2014

67 years ago today

U.N. Resolution 181 – The Partition Plan for Palestine.

On November 29, 1947, the U.N. voted to partition what was British Palestine into two states: a Jewish state and an Arab state (BTW, the term “Palestinians” did not refer to Arabs then.)

* * *
The vote results:
In favor of the plan: 33 countries

  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Bolivia
  4. Brazil
  5. Byelorussian S.S.R.
  6. Canada
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Czechoslovakia
  9. Denmark
  10. Dominican Republic
  11. Ecuador
  12. France
  13. Guatemala
  14. Haiti
  15. Iceland
  16. Liberia
  17. Luxemburg
  18. Netherlands
  19. New Zealand
  20. Nicaragua
  21. Norway
  22. Panama
  23. Paraguay
  24. Peru
  25. Philippines
  26. Poland
  27. Sweden
  28. Ukrainian S.S.R.
  29. Union of South Africa
  30. U.S.A.
  31. U.S.S.R.
  32. Uruguay
  33. Venezuela

Against: 13

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Cuba
  3. Egypt
  4. Greece
  5. India
  6. Iran
  7. Iraq
  8. Lebanon
  9. Pakistan
  10. Saudi Arabia
  11. Syria
  12. Turkey
  13. Yemen

Abstained: 10

  1. Argentina
  2. Chile
  3. China
  4. Colombia
  5. El Salvador
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Honduras
  8. Mexico
  9. United Kingdom
  10. Yugoslavia

* * *

The resolution was accepted by the Jews in Palestine, yet rejected by the Arabs in Palestine, under the leadership of Nazi Haj Amin al-Husseini, and by the Arab states. Arab violence in the Holy Land broke out almost immediately.

Had the Arabs accepted the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan, today they’d be celebrating 67 years of independence, next to Israel, without war, without occupation, without refugees.
The Arabs started a war of annihilation against the young, little Jewish state. They failed and are still failing.

Watch: Israel – the Jewish State