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  • The Midnight Clear

    By Darcy Vebber

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When I light the first Chanukah candle this year on Dec. 25, the mid-winter moon will be waning. Every night, as I add candles to the menorah, the night sky will be darker until, on the last night when we put our chanukiah in the living room window with all nine candles burning,...

  • L.A. Enters the Season of Mitzvot

    By David Finnigan

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Day is the day of the year which some Jews often fill by doing some mitzvah volunteer work, then enjoying Chinese food and a movie. But that annual mitzvah-Chinese food-movie ritual is being put aside this Dec. 25 for Chanukah.

    "Chanukah makes it a big deal because now Jews...

  • Cowboys & Indians

    By Rob Eshman

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    One of the bizarre effects of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 is better holiday movies. I realize that sounds coarse and facile at the same time, but it's demonstrably true.

    The major Christmas releases in the 2000 holiday season -- the year before Sept. 11 -- were "Dr. Seuss' How...

  • There’s Some Good Music to Fill the Air

    By George Robinson

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I was sitting in a fast-food joint last week when they piped in a pop-salsa version of "Jingle Bells." If it had been Eddie Palmieri or Ray Barretto, I would have been fine, but this sounded like Menudo on crystal meth, and I decided I'd had enough Christmas music for the next...

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  • Shticking It to the Classics

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My 5-year-old thinks "My Yiddishe Mama," the soulful ballad immortalized by Sophie Tucker in 1928, is a rock anthem. The version he learned didn't come from a dusty old record, but from a CD released in 2004 by the group, Yiddishe Cup, called "Meshugeneh Mambo."

    This is not your...

  • Letters to the Editor

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Darfur Crisis

    Thank you for your coverage of the peace deal between the Sudanese government and the people of southern Sudan ("The Graves of Sudan," Nov. 26). It is a relief to finally see a possible end to Africa's longest-running civil war.

    While the signing of this peace...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I Have a Lesson For You

    Happy New Year!

    It is back to school and back to lessons. In this week's parshah, Pharaoh learns a few lessons, too – seven, to be exact.

    But, Pharaoh is a slow learner – and it will take three more lessons (in next week's portion) to make him finally...

  • A Holiday Redemption

    By David Finnigan

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When my wife left me last year, I was not prepared for how lonely Christmas could be, nor did I realize how Jewish it would become.

    Last Dec. 24, I was alone in the Sherman Oaks townhouse we once shared. I did not buy a Christmas tree; there was no joy in my home that such a tree...

  • Letters to the Editor

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Garbage Mouth

    I was surprised, astonished and shocked to read William Donohue's comments as reported in your editor's column last week ("Garbage Mouth," Dec. 17). In fact, I was unaware of Donohue's comments until I read them in The Jewish Journal. I unequivocally reject Donohue's...

  • When Xmas Enters the Classroom

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Five days a week during this holiday period, Jodi Braverman sits in a room that conjures up images of the North Pole. The walls are covered with pictures of jolly old St. Nick, and not one, but two miniature Christmas trees serve as obstacles to the seating area. From time...

  • To Tree or Not to Tree

    By Seth Menachem

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    For the first time in my adult life I'm dating a Jewish girl.

    Her father's Catholic -- an Italian -- but according to my

    rabbi, "She's all good."

    (Maybe he didn't use those exact words, but something to that effect.)

    Carrie and I bicker but never have any real fights; that is...

  • Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Q: When does a Christmas tree become a Tu B'Shevat tree?

     

    A: When a Westwood church and a Santa Monica synagogue decide that having one tree do double duty is good both for the environment and the spiritual awareness of their congregants.

     

    After the hard-working tree has done its...

  • There’s No Santa, but Keep It Quiet

    By Julie M. Brown

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It was in 1998 that my son, Sammy, broke out of his cocoon and started kindergarten at our neighborhood school. Up until then, he had spent his entire tiny life surrounded by Jews.

    Having left his Jewish preschool behind only a few months prior, he had little knowledge of his own...

  • Chrismukkah Web site

    By Amy Klein

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A menorah is topped with candy canes, a mini Christmas tree adorned with a Jewish star and a spinning dreidel pictures Frosty the Snowman on one side and the tree on another: These are just some of the "interfaith" pictures featured on the mugs on the gift section of the...

  • Spend Chanukah Barenaked

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    While naming your holiday album "Barenaked for the Holidays" is a pretty catchy way to get some attention, for the quirky pop band that calls itself the Barenaked Ladies, it made sense -- about as much sense as getting naked on "The Sharon Osbourne Show" last year, anyway....

  • December Dilemma: Distorting Chanukah

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    At Temple Beth Hillel, Mark Singer teaches his third-grade Hebrew school class about Chanukah using all the usual props: he lights a menorah, spins a dreidel and throws a doughnut and latke party.

    However, considering that anywhere from 25 to 100 percent of his students come from...

  • Roth’s ‘Kranky’ Little X-Mas

    By Tom Tugend

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tom Lehrer once noted that there were no American pop Chanukah tunes because Jewish composers were busy writing the nation's sentimental Christmas and Easter favorites.

    The observation came to mind when we talked to Joe Roth, about his movie "Christmas With the Kranks," which opened...

  • Have a Very Jewish Xmas

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish law requires that we publicize the miracle of Chanukah -- both when we light and where we light. We light the Chanukah candles after dark when they are most visible and we light in the early evening when most people are still out and about. We place our chanukiot by the window...

  • Doing Chinese Food and Mitzvahs

    By David Finnigan

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Day found some Southern California Jews volunteering at social service agencies, some working and still others marking the holiday with a Jewish tradition -- eating Chinese food and going to movies.

    Conservative Rabbi Mark Diamond, executive director of the Board of Rabbis...

  • Arabs, Jews Mix at Haifa Holiday Festival

    By Dina Kraft

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood, sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan.

    Walking a path lined with poems by Arab and...

  • Competing With That Other Holiday

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights," croons Adam Sandler in that humorous holiday tune, "The Chanukah Song." Sandler speaks for many American Jews in feeling a certain pressure and longing for Chanukah to live up to the glitz and excitement associated with...

  • How the Gonif

    By Matthew Wunderlich

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Every Jew in the temple

    Loved Chanukah a lot,

    But the town's biggest Gonif

    Most certainly did not.

    The Thief hated Chanukah, the whole Chanukah story.

    He hated the Maccabees and all of their glory.

    It could be his mezuzah wasn't screwed on just right,

    Or maybe he wrapped his...

  • Schmoozapalosers

    By Carin Davis

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Like a pareve partygoer in a world of milk and meat, I'm traipsing between two distinct December traditions. While I don't belong in Christmas festivities, I don't enjoy the season's organized Jewish events. And so, I'm more confused than Anne Heche on a trip to Fresno.

    The Christmas...

  • Santa in the City

    By Jon Hart

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Enjoyable, unique experience, totally different type of job, mostly outdoors, great fun, good pay. Santas needed. Holiday spirit a must.

    I called the number listed at the bottom of the ad, and a few weeks later, I got a call. The boss (I'll call him Mr. Green) had only one question:...

  • Solitude

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I'm doing my laundry on Christmas Eve. The Ebenezer Scrooges who own my building see fit to provide only one dryer for all the residents.



    It's positively Dickensian, I think to myself, as I stand watch over the dryer, lest one of my neighbors cut in line, leaving my laundry in a...

  • Beyond Chinese and a Movie

    By Yaakov Arnold

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    What's a Jew to do on Christmas?

    There's no work, the malls are closed and only the most die-hard football fan finds solace watching the Oahu Bowl.

    It's the most awkward time of the year.

    "Christmas is an uncomfortable day for Jews," says Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, director of...

  • Chanukah Specials

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Amidst a blizzard of Christmas specials, the commercial networks are giving short shrift to Chanukah, so it's up to public television and radio stations to pick up the slack. KCET (PBS, Channel 28) is putting the emphasis on the culinary delights of Chanukah with the following...

  • Choosing to See the Forest

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Christmas season dilemma arises for so many Jews in our city that it sadly deserves attention and comment. When I was a boy, growing up in a parochial Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, I certainly harbored no yearning for a Christmas tree at home. I was thrilled with my little...

  • A Modest Proposal

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's that happy, happy time of year when store windows call out "Happy Chanukah" in a blizzard of white, blue, silver, and gold right next to the "Merry Christmas" and "Season's Greetings" banners, when menorahs are strung across boulevards after every third Santa-in-his-sleigh. And...

  • First Christmas

    By Alana Klein

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I called my parents from my boyfriend's house in New York, eager to spill the details of my first Christmas. I described how the Christmas tree's fragrant pine reminded me of family ski trips to Colorado and how Sunday morning Mass was, dare I say, fun. I raved about the presents I...

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