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Chanukah Zoom Lighting and Trivia
Chanukah Sufganiyot making with Leah Jaffee
From Rabbi Avi -
In a general way, Jacob and Esav represent the (ultimately limited) dichotomy between the physical and the spiritual. The goal of our work in this world as Jews through Torah, tefillah, and mitzvot is to invest the spiritual into the physical especially in those places in ourselves that struggle with the desires of this world (the big three are usually money, sex, and power/honor). Humility comes from recognizing that even those things that seem to be our antagonists are tests or opportunities from Hashem. Jacob famously prepared for his confrontation with Esav through diplomacy (sending of the gifts), prayer, and preparing for conflict. While all three of these things are important, the Netivot Shalom points out that it was actually Jacob and his family's humility, represented by their bowing, which helped Esav, if only for a short time, to allow himself to truly love and welcome home his brother. May we be blessed with the great courage that it takes to be truly humble in this world
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What: Join the Mercaz community on Zoom for sufganiyot making with caterer Leah Jaffee When: December 13th at 5 pm, the 4th night of Chanukah. Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87832816003 Why: Sufganiyot and learning from the best! How: Prep your dough ahead of time and then benefit from Leah's frying and filling tips. Leah suggests rice bran oil for frying. Cash and Carry sells it by the gallon. Recipe below: