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  • Chanukah books: Curl up with a good read

    1 day ago

    It’s time for a top-10 list of a few of the best recently published Jewish books for this Chanukah season. All make wonderful gifts and span different age and interest levels.


    “Oskar and the Eight Blessings” by Tanya and Richard Simon. Illustrated by Mark Siegel....

  • Chanukah gift guide 2015

    2 days ago

    Marmol Radziner Architects, one of the city’s leading architecture firms in both new construction and historic restorations, also creates furniture, home accessories and jewelry. Marmol Radziner’s Menorah ($140) channels a streamlined, modern sensibility into this ritual object...

  • How to make a birch branch menorah

    By Jonathan Fong

    2 days ago

    While the lighting of the Chanukah candles has been a tradition for centuries, menorahs themselves are constantly being reinvented. Do an online search for “menorahs” and you’ll find literally hundreds of styles, from traditional to novelty. (One that’s getting a lot of attention...

  • My Spanish-Venezuelan Chanukah

    2 days ago

    I never had a latke until I moved to the United States 24 years ago. Don’t get me wrong; I’m 100 percent Jewish — three-quarters Sephardic and one-quarter Ashkenazi, to be precise. However, I grew up with some different traditions.

    My paternal grandparents are from Melilla,...

  • The accidental brussels sprouts latkes

    By Hava Volterra

    2 days ago

    A couple of years ago, just before Chanukah, I heard Akasha Richmond on KCRW describing how her kitchen manager had over-ordered Brussels sprouts (to the tune of 50 pounds). In desperation she decided to add the extra Brussels sprouts to her latkes.  That’s the way great inventions...

  • Zengoula with lemon syrup: A new-old Chanukah treat

    2 days ago

    The tradition of eating latkes during Chanukah is only half the story. Don’t get me wrong — I love crisp potato pancakes, but there’s so much more fried deliciousness to enjoy over eight days. I’ll explain.

    Latkes are traditional European fare, and a German potato pancake is...

  • Chanukah: Lior Hillel’s family pastry project

    2 days ago

    Every year before Chanukah rolls around in Israel, everyone gets very excited. They can’t wait to start to enjoy the holiday spirit — and, of course, the food. In the past few years, talented pastry chefs in Israel have made very creative sufganiyot, the holiday’s traditional jelly...

  • For Chanukah, breakfast latkes two ways

    6 days ago

    I first tasted latkes for brunch at a trendy eatery on the Lower East  Side about six years ago. Since then, I’ve seen them across the country on brunch menus everywhere from diners to Michelin Star restaurants.

    Latkes — or potato pancakes, as they’re known to non-Jews...

  • The Jewish Force awakens: A ‘Star Wars’ Chanukah gift guide

    6 days ago

    In the nearly 40 years since the breakout success of the first “Star Wars” film, the franchise has raked in $37 billion, mostly from branded toys and other merchandise.

    Ahead of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — the latest reboot of the films, by director J.J. Abrams — there’s a...

  • White House seeks menorahs with stories for this year’s Chanukah party

    1 week ago

    The White House is looking for menorahs with unique stories for its Hanukkah celebration this year.

    Matt Nosanchuk, the White House liaison to the Jewish community, on Nov. 11 posted an entry on the White House website soliciting ideas for menorahs, noting it was the first time...

  • For Chanukah, books that bind us

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Giving a book as a Chanukah gift is a fine, old Jewish tradition, although nowadays books often take the form of a Kindle download or a digital gift certificate from Amazon rather than a festively wrapped hardcover. Still, the tactile pleasures of what publishers now refer to as a...

  • Kislev: Rainbows, oil and salt

    2 weeks ago

    During the month of Kislev, which begins later this week, we celebrate Chanukah. The most obvious food of this holiday and month is oil, the miracle ingredient.  During Chanukah, some women recite the story of Judith, a heroine who used salt as a weapon. “Legend has it that Judith...

  • In Israel, Chanukah season is already here

    October 23, 2015 | 12:01 pm

    After more than three weeks of feasts, prayers and days off from work and school, Israel’s busy holiday season — from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah — finally ended earlier this month.

    But, it turns out, another holiday was just beginning: Chanukah.

    To be sure, Chanukah...

  • Protecting a Life is Always a Priority

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 26, 2015 | 7:28 pm

    The Torah commands us protect our lives, and those of others. Based on the verse, "Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" (Deut. 4:9). According to Jewish law, it is a duty to take all due precautions and avoid anything that may endanger life. “Anyone who violates such...

  • A military miracle: Chanukah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

    December 19, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    On Chanukah, Jews around the world pay tribute to the Maccabees, a small band of Jewish soldiers who pulled off an improbable military victory.

    Members of the Israel Defense Forces carry on that legacy today, and for Hanukkah, they too are recognized alongside their Maccabean...

  • Biden at Chanukah candle-lighting: Jewish heritage is American heritage

    December 18, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Jewish notions of religious freedom so informed the American ethos that it “is fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage,” Vice President Joe Biden said at a menorah-lighting in front of the White House.

    Biden, attending the Dec. 16 event organized by American Friends...

  • Moving and shaking: StandWithUs, Chanukah in Los Angeles and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    By Ryan Torok

    December 17, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    Stephen Wise Temple has named Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback as its next senior rabbi.

    The senior rabbi-elect, who is currently the head of Wise School, the synagogue’s day school for kindergarten through sixth grade and early childhood center, succeeds Rabbi Eli Herscher, according to a...

  • Remarks by Obama at afternoon Chanukah reception

    December 17, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Happy Hanukkah, Mr. President!  

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Happy Hanukkah to you!  You stole my line.   Happy Hanukkah, everybody. 

    AUDIENCE:  Happy Hannukah.

    MRS. OBAMA:  Welcome to the White House.  I want to welcome the members of Congress who are here...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    December 17, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Letters to the editor: Barack Obama, Guy Davidi, happy Chanukah and more

    December 17, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Backing Barack

    Yes, finally a prominent voice from the Jewish community has spoken truth to fact (“Why Jews Still Back Obama,” Dec. 12). Kudos to Rob Eshman for stating facts, and not falling for the loud, anti-Obama voices on the right.

    Allan Kretchman via email

    Nice article...

  • Jews get into the Christmas spirit

    By Tess Cutler

    December 17, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Sonny Calderon still remembers the words his outraged 8-year-old son cried out when he learned Santa Claus wasn’t real, that his father had been perpetuating a myth: “I hate you, and I hate the way your farts smell.”

    Calderon relived this traumatic moment on Dec. 10 in front of a...

  • My menorah and my Christmas tree

    December 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

    For me as a youngster, Christmas was always something others did.  But I married a non Jew and in our early years together, experienced a great deal of conflict over his desire for a Christmas tree.  For several years, each December, we engaged in the same heated discussion that...

  • Steven Sotloff’s parents to light public menorah in his memory

    December 15, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member of ISIS, will light a public menorah in Miami in his memory.

    Arthur and Shirley Sotloff will light the first candle of Hanukkah on Tuesday night at the Chabad center.

    “Steve was a proud Jew who...

  • 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 holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • Deconstructing the latke: A user’s guide

    December 12, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Latkes, doughnuts and fritters — in Jewish homes, everyone’s frying this month, much as we have been for the last 2,000 years or so. Frankly, you’ve got to love a religion that actually encourages you to eat deep-fried foods — especially with sour cream!

    All Jewish festivals have...

  • Grilled cheese latkes

    December 12, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch.


    • 16 oz. shredded potatoes (about 3 1/2 cups)
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 T flour
    • 2 scallions chopped up
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Sliced muenster cheese
    • Spicy Mayo for serving
    • Chopped Scallions for serving
  • Poutine Latkes

    December 12, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch.


    Potato Latkes

    • 1 lb shredded potatoes (4 cups) -> Frozen works great! Just defrost the bag first
    • 1 small onion, shredded
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 t salt
    • 1/4 t black pepper
    • 2 T flour
    • Optional: 3 T...
  • The Jews who lit up the oil business

    December 11, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Chanukah’s glow will soon be rekindled, and as we again tell the story of the miracle of the oil in the Temple, it’s also a good time to shed light on another kind of miracle, this one more local, of how Jews helped to light up the early oil business in Los Angeles.

    Among urban...

  • Lisa Loeb’s new Chanukah song “Light”

    December 11, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb has just released an original Chanukah song called "Light." Telling the inspiring story of hope in the darkness, the song captures the essence of the metaphor of Chanukah that no matter how little there is left there is always hope. "I realized there aren't enough Chanukah songs this time of year, and I think that everyone has to find their light." 

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