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  • Obama sends Chanukah wishes

    December 20, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    President Obama wished Jews a joyous Chanukah.

    The Chanukah story, he said in a message Tuesday, “reminds us to count our blessings, to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors, and to believe that through faith and determination we can work together to build a brighter, better world for generations to come.”

    He closed by wishing the “Jewish community around the world” a “Chag Sameach,” Hebrew for joyous holiday.

  • Chanukah and How War Should Be Celebrated

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 20, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Chanukah is Judaism’s most universal holiday with deep resonance for all Americans.

    Our great country was founded by refugees who escaped religious persecution in Europe and were prepared to cross an ocean in order to found a colony where they could worship as they chose. Indeed,...

  • The Hanukkah Song: A 2011 update

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 16, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Bill Funt parodies Adam Sandler’s holiday gem, “The Hanukkah Song.”

  • Eight (pricey) nights

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 14, 2011 | 11:41 am

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  • Reagan’s chanukiyot light up exhibition

    By Ryan E. Smith

    December 14, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Reminders of an evil empire are on display now at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, and they’re not just related to the Soviet Union.

    Instead, 11 menorahs given to the 40th president during his time in office call to mind a struggle for freedom that...

  • Giving the gift of tikkun olam

    December 12, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    If the thought of spending too much Chanukah gelt on lavish gifts for friends and loved ones seems a little dim this year, adding a little tikkun olam to the presents can give your Festival of Lights a memorable glow.

    The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has assembled a...

  • Frying high: Keeping known, lesser-known culinary traditions

    December 12, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    Latkes and sufganiyot, the jelly-filled doughnuts especially popular in Israel, are well-known Chanukah fare made with oil to signify the holiday tale.

    Lesser known is the tradition of cheese and the story of Judith.

    Like the Chanukah story, which is part of the Apocrypha—books not...

  • Chanukah fare with international flair

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 7, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    Around this time of year, I think of my grandmother and the stories she told me about making beef brisket and potato latkes for her first Chanukah dinner in America. She loved to cook, and sharing her recipes from Russia brought her such delight.

    Chanukah, often called the festival...

  • Grown-up gelt

    December 7, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    All around the Jewish world, Chanukah is chocolate season. But that doesn’t have to mean you’re stuck with the waxy chocolate coins known as gelt. In fact, a new wave of boutique chocolate makers in Israel are redefining this beloved indulgence in Israel. Many of their skillfully...

  • Matisyahu’s ‘Miracle’ Chanukah song [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 28, 2010 | 8:46 pm

    A message from Matisyahu from matisyahuworld.com:

    There’s so many Christmas songs out there, I wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of. We’ve got Adam Sandler’s song which is hilarious but I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday—in a fun, celebratory song. My boy Kojak was in town so at the last minute we went into the studio in the spirit of miracles and underdogs and this is what we came up with. Happy Hannukah!!

    -Matisyahu

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  • Chanukah Gift Guide 2008

    By Elyse Glickman

    December 5, 2008 | 6:06 pm

    Here’s some ideas for gifts that will continue to inspire long after the chanukiah has been put away. Bling that bridges faith and fashion, a DVD from a local yoga instructor and a Western Wall locket from an Agoura Hills jewelry designer are a few ideas from Southern California and...

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