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Why do we add a candle each night of Hanukkah? There is a debate in the Talmud, the ancient Jewish code of law, which asks this very question. Shouldn’t we rather, the question asks, begin with a full eight lit candles and decrease by one each night, as the oil decreased each day? The response given is that while it may make sense to reduce the number of candles each night, as Jews we are supposed to always work to increase holiness in the world, not reduce it. more
It wouldn’t truly feel like the holiday season without the annual Christmas tree and menorah lighting in Salisbury, hosted by the Community Association of Stewart Avenue. more
Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow hosted its annual Hanukkah Brunch last Sunday ahead of the holiday’s first night. more
The Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals adjourned a hearing on Dec. 10 for a proposed Taco Bell on 1939 Hempstead Turnpike at the request of residents, to allow them to arrange a community meeting with the restaurant’s attorneys to express their concerns. more
Several years ago, Donna La Scala faced every parent’s worst nightmare. Her daughter, Alexandra, then 18 and a recent graduate of W.T. Clarke High School, was hospitalized with a severe allergic reaction while away at college. more
Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg, the Merrick Democrat accused by his former employer of overbilling a large corporate client for millions of dollars, was expected to plead guilty to mail fraud charges in federal court in Central Islip on Dec. 11, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. He didn’t, however. more
Beginning Saturday, Temple Emanu-El congregants will begin a two-weekend run of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.” more
When 8-year-old Luke Rosenthal saw his neighbor in distress, he did not hesitate. Rather, he reacted just how his father, an East Meadow firefighter, would have. more
As we headed back to the Guy Lombardo Marina in Freeport, navigating through Freeport waterways two days before Thanksgiving, the pile of trash on our boat was both gratifying and alarming. more
There’s no busier group during the holiday season than the East Meadow Kiwanis Club. That was evidenced this weekend, when members spent Friday night at W.T. Clarke High School assembling gift baskets, which they hand-delivered Saturday morning to more than 100 needy families in the community. more
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