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Let it shine with these unique menorahs

By Elyse Glickman

December 6, 2012 | 2:47 pm

Marit Meisler’s concrete, functional, contemporary menorah.

Artists and designers in the United States and Israel are broadening and updating the ways in which we pay tribute to Judah Maccabee through the emblematic menorah, commemorating the... read full article

  • Chanukah candles made from beeswax

    by Kylie Jane Wakefield, Contributing Writer

    December 6, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    This year during Chanukah, it might be a good idea to consider using beeswax candles to light the menorah.

    According to Debby de Moulpied, founder and president of Bona Fide Green Goods in New Hampshire, paraffin candles, which are made out of petroleum, are hazardous to one’s...

  • Gifts to de-light

    By Ryan E. Smith

    December 6, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    These are serious times. We just finished a brutal election cycle here in the United States, and things are as tense and uncertain as ever in the Middle East. What better excuse than Chanukah, then, to relax a little? For those who are interested in passing along a little laugh with some holiday spirit, here are a few fun gift ideas.

  • Chanukah models of courage

    By Dasee Berkowitz, JTA

    December 6, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    My 4-year-old son is obsessed with superheroes, dressing up at every opportunity as the superhero du jour to do battle with the bad guys lurking around the corner. (My 2-year-old daughter is just as enthusiastic, but at her age all she can really muster is a “meanie” face.)

    From...

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  • Holiday music puts the Cha Cha Cha in Chanukah

    by Kirk Silsbee, Contributing Writer

    December 6, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    December always brings a torrent of Christmas-themed recordings by musical artists of all stripes. If you’re at all serious about longevity in a recording career, you record an album of holiday music — the sooner, the better.

    No matter what the state of the recording industry,...

  • Ken Elkinson: Holiday sounds of chill

    by Jonathan Maseng

    December 6, 2012 | 11:59 am

    When musician Ken Elkinson began receiving kudos for his Christmas album, he knew it was time to return to his roots. “I started feeling guilty that I was selling my people out,” Elkinson, 40, said, speaking by phone from his home in Los Angeles. While he was in esteemed company...

  • On Chanukah, Hamsas, for love and tzedakah

    by Rebecca Spence, Contributing Writer

    December 6, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Meeting Rachelle Tratt, a yoga teacher with a warm smile and huge blue eyes, it’s hard to imagine that she was ever anything but the strong, spirited healer she is today. But Tratt, who grew up Modern Orthodox in the Catskill Mountains, has seen her fair share of tragedy.

    At 9...

  • 8 tips for an accessible Chanukah

    December 3, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, a Boston-based agency for Jewish special education, is offering eight suggestions from experts for a Chanukah celebration that is child friendly and fully accessible for children with special learning needs:

    1. As Jewish parents and...

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