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Jofa’s 25th Anniversary/Fall 2023 Journal, featuring thoughtful reflections and perspectives on Jofa’s past, present, and future, is now available here. For 25 years of topical, substantive, thought-provoking Journal archives, visit our Jofa Journal page. Onward to the next 25!
By Dina Brawer  Imagine the elation felt by the Hasmoneans who recaptured the Temple and their jubilant euphoria when their frantic search produced a small jar of pure oil. This find enabled them to light the Menorah, which by miracle burned for eight days. The Hasmoneans’ direct experience of salvation culminated in a celebration
By Channa Lockshin Bob Many cultures celebrate a midwinter holiday. In fact, many of these holidays are celebrated through candles and food. While Hanukah was only celebrated from post-Biblical times onward, the Gemara attributes the first celebration of a midwinter holiday to the first human being, Adam. A close analysis of the similarities and differences