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Weekly studies on YouTube channel Beth Yeshua Amsterdam


  Watch here live each Shabbat at 4 p.m. for our Bible studies in English. On our own YouTube channel: Beth Yeshua Amsterdam. Click here for the weekly Bible readings texts (used in our live stream studies). Choose to subscribe and thumbs up! Pay attention: there are different channels with names like ours. We are:...
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Recipe Apfel Strudel made with puff pastry, for Hanukkah


This crispy roll, stuffed with fruit, nuts and jelly is an Ashkenazy classic pastry. A delicacy as dessert or at tea/coffee time; warm or cold. Mostly we bake oil based sufganiyot for Hanukkah, because of the miracle that one little jar with oil enough for one day, lightened the lamps of the Temple Menorah for...
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Eshet Chayil (Woman of Valor) and Hanukkah


Incentive The text in Proverbs 31: 10-31 is the song Eshet Chayil, a song to the Strong Woman of Valor of the home, which in Jewish tradition is sung at the celebration of Shabbat on Friday evening. It has inspired me endlessly. The mystical side of the song is the meaning of the text that...
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Hanukkah: victory over old and new darkness


Celebration of Hanukkah The biblical month of Kislev is the month in which the festival of Hanukkah is always celebrated. During the period of the Second Temple, which had been rebuilt by Ezra and Nehemiah, the Greeks, under the gründliche leadership of Antiochus IV, invaded Israel. These hostilities against Israel had begun from the time...
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Hanukkah, four levels of insight


According to Jewish tradition, there are several levels of insight into the story of Hanukkah. There is the first level, of religious freedom and the people as a unity with the Torah as a law book. Never in the history of Israel had the oppression, attack and devastation been so bad. Not among the Assyrians...
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Shofar, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah in Auschwitz


In the year 1944 a group of ragged Jewish prisoners gathered for yet another very tiring work assignment in concentration camp Auschwitz. Jews were starved, tortured and murdered everywhere. The least expression of Jewish faith was strictly prohibited, reasons for execution by Nazi guards. But on that Rosh HaShanah, a group of courageous Jews managed...
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Cootje’s apple pie for Rosh HaShanah


On Rosh HaShanah, Jewish New Year in the synagogue the Shofar – the ramshorn is blown with the deep impressive sounds. Then I close my eyes because I like to keep them in my heart forever. After this service we eat apple with honey and the sweet round challa bread, honey cake, apple pie and...
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Hannukah through it all


by Jehoeda ben-Jankoiv A jug of oil for just one day more time was needed for Your Dome You saw our deficit and knew gave Your light for the Prayer Home. One light: my G-d, His name is One Two lights: for Boaz and Yachin Three for Noah, Daniel, Job four golden Tabernacle rings Five...
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