Newsletter: Hanukkah 2017



Shalom!

Humankind is created as man and woman, and the spiritual reality that this is expressing, demands responsibility from every person. It is a mystery that requires a sensitive heart from us. A heart that can also discern spiritual matters. Women have this built into their nature and can perceive the spiritual world easier and in a natural way more than men.

Men and women form a unity that expresses the unity of the Eternal One with his people. That is why Manoach’s wife saw the Angel of the Eternal One and understood what he was saying, see Judges 13:3. Our days are a time of paradox, on the one hand we see light coming from the Messiah and on the other side darkness in the world is increasing.

These realities we have tried to express in the new articles of this mailing. Especially in the poem by Cisca we see the struggle of Jerusalem. In the article about Cultural Zion we read the struggle of the Land of Israel in this time and her desire to be understood by the world. The article “A sensitive heart” speaks about the necessary unity of husband and wife.

The oil-rich pastries for Hanukkah remind us of the wonder that happened 2000 years ago when the lamp holder in the Temple continued to burn for eight days, during the rededication after having been destroyed by a terrible dictator. G’d gave us this miracle to show, that He will eventually free the world from dictators and darkness. The light can already be seen by a sensitive heart and gives us the courage to continue to trust in G’d and faithful believers; and to express this in the world, our congregations and our homes.

Chag Hanukkah sameach!

Elze Erwteman
WoV hoofdredacteur

New articles on www.womanofvalor.org:



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
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Winks from the Eternal


In this time of increasing chaos and fear, it is an encouragement for those who put their trust in the Lord to realize that He is enthroned forever and cares for His children and Land. A wink from heaven seems to be the next fact. Neville Teller
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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
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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
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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
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