Jewish Journal

Oil, the bad and the sweet-smelling good of it

by Sarah Newman

December 12, 2014 | 10:22 am

Suggestions for infusing olive oil, one for each night of Chanukah. Photo by Sarah Newman

Chanukah is a holiday where we consume lots of oil-drenched foods. But beyond these dishes, what is the connection between oil and Chanukah? Actually, a lot, and it has to do with our... read full article
  • The convert and the Christmas tree

    By Avishay Artsy

    December 12, 2014 | 9:36 am

    For me, Christmas was always something other people did. Growing up in a Jewish home, I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold in movies, on TV and in the homes of friends: hanging ornaments on a tree, unwrapping presents and singing songs of Yuletide cheer (whatever that means)....
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Chanukah More Sustainable

    by Sarah Newman, Neesh Noosh

    December 8, 2014 | 10:23 am

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh

    From foods to gifts, there’s many ways to add sustainable practices to your Chanukah celebrations. Please share your ideas in the comments section at the bottom!

    1. Organic apples and potatoes
    Apples and potatoes are ranked #1 and...

  • Make your Chanukah party one for the ages with these recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 5, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Chanukah is not just for children, but usually they have most of the fun. They open presents, light candles during the eight days of the holiday and get more than their share of cookies and potato latkes. Our Chanukah party will be shared by four generations this year because our...

  • Sfenj: Tough to pronounce, easy to eat

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    This recipe is my little Chanukah gift to all my Ashkenazi friends, who never got to wake up on Sunday mornings in Casablanca to the smell of the world’s greatest doughnuts — my mother’s sfenj. You won’t find these hot, doughy marvels at Krispy Kreme or any of those trendy new...

  • Say it with song: Children’s books for the Festival of Lights

    by Lisa Silverman

    December 4, 2014 | 11:45 am

    “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel” by Caryn Yacowitz, illustrated by David Slonim (Arthur A. Levine Books). 

    It seems that old ladies don’t just swallow flies anymore. Comical illustrations, all satirizing famous paintings, are the stars of this funny book, beginning on...

  • Thanksgivukkah, Emma Lazarus & the Maccabees: Embracing our dual identity

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 27, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    There is something much deeper to “Thanksgivukkah” than sweet potato latkes. It is an opportunity to celebrate the blessing of our dual identity as Americans and Jews.

    In 1883, the Jewish-Sephardic-American poet Emma Lazarus was invited to write a poem for a literary auction...

  • Emek Ha-Hodayah: The Valley of Gratitude

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    November 27, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Chanukah and Thanksgiving don’t line up very well for me. Chanukah celebrates an unlikely military victory, of the “few against the many.” The closest rough equivalent to Chanukah in the American tradition is probably the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown on Oct. 19, 1781. Had...

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