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  • On heroes and gratitude: A real Thansgivukkah message

    November 22, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    It has a clever, catchy name.  It will allegedly occur once every 78,000 years.  It has inspired dozens of fusion recipes like sweet potato latkes with cranberry applesauce.  It has even inspired a Hanukkiah or menorah in the shape of a turkey,  a “menurkey.”  It is the perfect...

  • A modern maccabee

    November 15, 2013 | 10:17 am

    As the holiday season approaches, I find myself reflecting back on the story of Hannukah and summon inspiration by the immense strength our ancestors showed in the face of unimaginable adversity. For those of us unfamiliar with the story of Hannukah, our ancestors, the Maccabees,...

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

    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...

  • Santa Monica nativity ban hits menorahs, too

    June 14, 2012 | 12:29 am

    The Santa Monica City Council has banned all future nativity, anti-nativity and Chanukah displays at the oceanfront Palisades Park. The 5-0 vote on June 12 ends a nearly 60-year winter tradition.

    The religious displays have been the subject of controversy in recent years, with...

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  • Valentine’s Day: Use what you’ve got

    February 14, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Valentine’s Day can be a tough time for a young Jew. Fancy restaurants do not cater well to our people. The last time I took a lady to a snooty eatery, the special was baked swiss-cheese-topped-pork stuffed into a lobster served on a picture of Jesus.

    Why do we put ourselves...

  • A Tale of Two Corporate Hanukkah Displays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 26, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    The bank manager at Citibank ran over to me when I came by this week to show-off the company menorah. Each branch received a menorah. Well, they actually were sent two. What had happened? My friend the manager explained. The first one arrived with only one on-off switch to control...

  • Whole Foods, wHoly wrong on Chanukah

    Jewish Journal

    December 18, 2011 | 11:17 pm

    Here’s a shout out to HEEB for spotting the full-on matzoh display at the Whole Foods on Fairfax today, with a sign blasting “Share Hanukkah Favorites”...an invite to share your favorite Chanukah recipes using….matzoh meal? Where’s the grease?
    Thank, Heeb, you could almost have invented this one—cool as it is, set in the frum-adjascent neighborhood, couldn’t you?!

  • Chanukah events around Los Angeles

    By Ryan Torok

    December 18, 2011 | 9:08 pm

    TUE DEC 20

    HANNUKAH CELEBRATION
    The Original Farmers Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue and The Jewish Journal host an outdoor Chanukah bash for all ages. Kids can help build a giant Lego chanukiyah, families can play Chanukah bingo, make dreidels and play games with DJ Groovy...

  • B-Boyz take back Chanukah with their new holiday hit, ‘Menorah Hearts’

    By Jay Firestone

    December 13, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Justin Bieber meets McLovin…Chanukah-style.

    Sporting child-sized pin-striped fedoras and decked out in NFL attire, the B-Boyz (a.k.a. Ben, Jake and Max Borenstein) rock out to their latest YouTube hit, “Menorah Hearts,” a holiday-themed parody of “Stereo Hearts” by Adam Levine and...

  • Chanukah Gift Guide

    December 7, 2011 | 3:19 am



    Jonathan Adler Dachshund Menorah   Calling all dog lovers! The Dachshund Menorah designed by Jonathan Adler is not your standard chanukiyah. Made in Peru, this fair-trade sculpted menorah is made of high-fired stoneware and features a white matte glaze. The Dachshund Menorah is...
  • Old game, new spins

    November 17, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    When it comes to Chanukah, playing the dreidel game is as ubiquitous as lighting the candles on a chanukiyah and eating latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts).

    The dreidel, a four-sided spinning top, can be made of almost any material, including wood,...

  • 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

    Do you like the song?

  • VIDEO: Guinness Book great dreidel spin in Santa Monica

    By Jay Firestone

    December 26, 2008 | 1:42 pm

    Can The Santa Monica Synagogue break the Guinness Book of World Record’s record for most simultaneous dreidel spins? 

    We go to Simcha Monica to report .  .  .

  • Got a light?  Pass the candle

    By Jay Firestone

    December 16, 2008 | 1:00 pm


    A Chanukah video collaboration and I wasn’t involved?  Shame on me. 

    If I had been on my game, I would’ve submitted a dynamite candle lighting clip (maybe even with real dynamite).  I’d bring all the VideoJew friends together (Jelvis, Gino, Aaron Kemp, the guys from the kosher Subway, mah-jongg lady Elaine Sandberg)...the list could go on forever.  But I suppose the VideoJew holiday special will have to wait until next year. 

    For the full effect, visit http://passthecandle.com/

  • Miriam and Shoshana are back in ‘Hardcore Hannuka Dance’ music video

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 4, 2007 | 8:55 pm

    Those naughty Orthodox ‘schoolgirls’ Miriam and Shoshana are back in this brand new Oren Kaplan video, ‘Hardcore Hannuka Dance.’

    It’s a ‘Tolerance Day’ school assembly somewhere far from the girls’ Pico-Robertson ‘hood and the girls are selected to explain the Festival of Lights to the kids. . . . and then all hell breaks loose!  ;-)

    You go, girls!

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