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  • Hanukkah

    Steve Lissner, columnist|Dec 1, 2021

    During this season of Hanukkah and Christmas, friends and acquaintances have asked me to explain Hanukkah to them. I’m happy to help them understand the holiday. A recent, highly publicized interview with U. S. Senator Kamala Harris raised questions and negative comments about her understanding of and explanation for the significance of Hanukkah. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “rededication”. Rededicating the Temple through purification acts and oneself to practice traditional Judaism. It has a...

  • Celebrating Passover

    Steve Lissner, Guest Columnist|Mar 17, 2021

    Jews around the world will elaborate Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) 2021 starting on the evening of Saturday, March 27th, and ending at sunset on Sunday, April 4th, in the Civil Calendar. In the Hebrew Calendar, Passover every year begins on 15 Nisan and ends on 22 Nisan. Passover celebrates the Jews Exodus from Egypt, when the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob liberated themselves from slavery and became a new and unique nation under God. Jews had lived peaceably and friendly in Egypt for...

  • The Festival of Purim

    Steve Lissner, Columnist|Feb 17, 2021

    Jews will soon celebrate, on 26 February 2021, the joyous festival of Purim which occurs every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the (Divinely orchestrated) salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young, old, infants, and women, in a single day. The Book of Esther(Megillah) records this holiday. Purim remains unusual because it is the only book of the bib...

  • Hanukkah

    Steve Lissner, Columnist|Dec 30, 2020

    During this season of Hanukkah and Christmas, friends and acquaintances have asked me to explain Hanukkah to them. I’m happy to help them understand the holiday. A recent, highly publicized interview with U. S. Senator Kamala Harris raised questions and negative comments about her understanding of and explanation for the significance of Hanukkah. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “rededication”. Rededicating the Temple through purification acts and oneself to practice traditional Judaism. It has a...

  • Lissner Rebuts Benson's Viewpoint

    Steve Lissner, Columnist|Dec 2, 2020

    In the 11 November 2020 issue of the Sidney Sun-Telegraph, Mr. Benson again willingly and gladly reveals his ignorance and open bias against Israel, this time using “education” and schools with the examples of the Arab-controlled Gaza Strip and the Palestine Authority controlled areas within Israel. Both Hamas, which militarily controls Gaza, and the PA have disgustingly proven records of vile, anti-Israel and anti-Jewish messages within their “educational” materials and within their schools...

  • Columnist Offers Different View on Jewish History

    Steve Lissner, Guest Columnist|Nov 4, 2020

    Mr. Benson’s title presents itself as part of pamphlet from Arab propaganda, or from anti Jews, or from anti-Israel provocateurs, or from all three. In the first paragraph he continues an antagonistic approach with this quotation: “…its occupation of the rest of the territory seized in 1967 is ongoing”. Israel re-incorporated Judea and Samaria land after it defeated several Arab countries’ armies, its enemies, in a 6 days war. He presents that quote as irrefutable truth. Far from the truth it...

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