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Dear Friends,

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton 

During the "festival of lights" and beyond, Hannukah's messages provide insights into life that transcend this joyous holiday. In Hebrew, the word "hannukah" means "dedication" which we can look upon not only as the dramatic story of the ancient rededication of the Temple after the Maccabean war against Antiochus IV, but also an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to some key Jewish values such as Tikkun Olam and Tzedekah here and now, in our own lives.

The Hannukah Lights remind us in a most obvious way that illumination begins at home, within oneself and one’s family. Illumination begins with the dedication of self, the giving of self. Our sages said, “A little light expels a lot of darkness.” WIZO chaverot worldwide are dedicated to doing good, their actions dispelling the darkness that envelops those less fortunate in Israeli society. They work towards those miracles that give children, youth and women the gift of light, hope, freedom and opportunity.

May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah! 

Chag sameach and warm regards,
Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.

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Male and female brains are a myth

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The “Hole” Truth About Sufganiyot

Although Hanukkah foods vary across the globe, oil -- which represents the miracle of the oil the Maccabees used to light the temple menorah for eight nights -- is the unifying theme among them, which is why fried foods figure so prominently during the festival of lights. In the US, deep fried latkes (potato pancakes) still reign supreme, but in Israel sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) are the quintessential Hanukah food. Read more 
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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division
Editor-in-chief: Janine Gelley, Chairperson
Co-editors: Rolene Marks, Deputy Chairperson
Lisa Moss & Raquel Dar
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