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  • Chanukah at the White House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • Purim’s Gift

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 6, 2012 | 12:35 am

    I remember the Purim that fell during the year that I was mourning the loss of my father. Early on, I mentioned to my wife that I just wasn’t going to be in the mood to go to the Purim Seuda being held at shul, and she lovingly and generously offered to make a low-key Seudah at...

  • The sweet rewards of Rosh Hashanah rituals

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The change was subtle but undeniable. A slightly deeper shade of brown; carrots cut lengthwise rather than sliced; some scattered sprigs of rosemary. Any other day of the year, such a discrete rift in recipe might have gone unnoticed. But this was not any other day of the year --...
  • Confessions of a kosher wine snob

    By J.D. Smith

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Passover is finally here and while the family is wrangling over who will play host and who's invited, I'm wrangling with which wines to serve. The seder is a feast, after all, not just a long, drawn-out dinner party with responsive reading and some especially catchy tunes. We all...
  • Strangers in the night—a Ghetto Purim

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    We followed the directions explicitly. At 6:55 p.m. last Saturday night, armed with two floor cushions and a bottle of wine, my husband, David, and I approached a stranger's house on a dark Los Feliz street and walked in. The apparent master of the house sat on the stairs in the...
  • One Day More

    By Rabbi Rami Shapiro

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week, we break the linear reading of Torah to honor the holy day of Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of assembly, a day added to the seven days of Sukkot. Midrash Rabbah (29:36) explains Shemini Atzeret by way of an analogy: A king invites the whole country to a feast. When it is...

  • A Persian American Feast

    By Shanee Banfshe Michaelson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Erev Rosh Hashana, our dining room table is set with the requisite items: apples, honey,tongue and beets. Zucchini and black-eyed peas. Mouth-watering sweet pomegranate. Sound a little exotic? To Persian American Jews, this is a yearly reality as families get together to...