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  • Modeh Ani, connecting thanksgiving and light

    by Rabbi Jocee Hudson

    November 25, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    When people ask me to describe the God I believe in, I often start by using the image of a flame. We are taught that each of us has a divine spark within us. That divine spark at times burns brightly, often in the moments of our lives when we find ourselves in balance and in tune...

  • Giving thanks to the 20th century Maccabees on Chanukah

    by Edgar M. Bronfman

    November 25, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Thanksgiving is the great American holiday, a secular fete originally celebrating the crops we harvested, now celebrating not just the harvest, but also our freedom, our democracy and our way of life. Because of the oddities of the Hebrew calendar, Jews will be celebrating a second...

  • Chanukah shopping: Revisiting some classics

    By Julie Bien

    November 25, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Take time this holiday season to slow down and catch up on your pleasure reading. We’ve gathered a list of classic books to suit everyone’s taste  — from spine-chilling science fiction to classic modern novels. Whether you’re looking for a humorous Sunday afternoon read, an...

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  • Shopping: Gelty pleasures

    By Julie Bien

    November 22, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Make sure your Chanukah accoutrements are up to snuff this year. We’ve got fair-trade gelt, dreidels for a cause, and ultra-modern menorahs for your 2013 festival of lights. So sit back, enjoy the latkes, drink some wine, and light the candles. L’chaim!

    1. The BLUE BEL AIR...

  • Hectic, eclectic songs of the season

    Evan Henerson

    November 21, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    The closer we get to candle-lighting time, the more we warm to sounds of the season. Of course, there is no rule that every note of every song must be to-the-letter traditional (or even particularly Jewish), as a handful of new and recent releases demonstrate. As you’re preparing...

  • Favorite childrens’ books old and new

    Lisa Silverman

    November 21, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Remember “The Chanukkah Guest” by Eric Kimmel? Those 20-somethings who consider their favorite Chanukah stories from childhood would no doubt recall the tale of the 97-year-old woman who “did not see or hear as well as she used to, but she still made the best potato latkes in the...

  • Oh, it’s (latke) frying time again—but it doesn’t have to be

    by Chavie Lieber, JTA

    December 10, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    Gone are the days when the Chanukah holiday meant an eight-day binge fest of all things fried.

    The Festival of Lights, which commemorates the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks, has a longstanding tradition of oily foods such as latkes and donuts in remembrance of the miracle of...

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