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My menorah and my Christmas tree

by Marilyn McLaughlin

December 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

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For me as a youngster, Christmas was always something others did.  But I married a non Jew and in our early years together,... read full article

  • Why Chanukah matters

    by Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun...

  • Chanukah shopping: Let there be gifts!

    by Julie Bien

    December 12, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    From gingerbread menorahs for the kids to dreidels with a decidedly adult twist, here are eight Chanukah gifts that everyone on your list will love.


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  • Grilled cheese latkes

    by Nina Safar, Kosher in the Kitch

    December 12, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch.

    Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. shredded potatoes (about 3 1/2 cups)
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 T flour
    • 2...
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  • Poutine Latkes

    by Nina Safar, Kosher in the Kitch

    December 12, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch.

    Ingredients:

    Potato Latkes

    • 1 lb shredded potatoes (4 cups) -> Frozen works great! Just...
  • Teaching the value of giving in the season of getting

    by Ryan Torok

    December 12, 2014 | 11:31 am

    The gift-giving tradition that these days is so strongly connected with Chanukah can be a mixed blessing. Often, preceding the joy of hitting the right...
  • Getting gelt was good as gold

    by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

    December 12, 2014 | 11:19 am

    What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity?
     
    At a time,...
  • Should Chanukah in Israel be more commercialized?

    by Orit Arfa

    December 12, 2014 | 10:50 am

    I have a confession to make. (Well, maybe “confession” isn’t exactly the best word to use.) Forgive me, Jewish mother, for I have sinned. When I was 8,...

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