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  • BDS, the best of Hanukkah, TripAdvisor awards, Christmas and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 7:30 am

    Connected by sea


    Just because there is an official conflict, does not mean the two sides cannot work together. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority inked an agreement to build a long-anticipated pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, part of an initiative that would...

  • Mourning Paul and Seffy, lighting up Africa, changing the UN and more -This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 9, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    Goodbye, Seffy

    Only a week after Israeli lost one of its greatest musicians, Arik Einstein, we all said goodbye to one our greatest comedians. Israeli actor and comedian Yosef (Seffy) Rivlin died Tuesday at the age of 66. Rivlin, who battled cancer for many years and even lost...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    In Israel, there’s no Broadway, and the staged Musicals are considered a small, uncommon genre. That is, until Hanukkah. Once a year, for about a month around the time of Hanukkah, the Israeli public rushes to the theaters for the most musical time of the year. Every year, the...

  • Hanukkah After Thanksgivukkah

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 29, 2013 | 11:51 am

    The much-anticipated, much-discussed holiday of Thanksgivukkah has ended - and as you've probably heard, it won't be back for 70,000 years. I'm emptying the fall-colored dreidels from my Thanksgiving cornucopia, going back to sour cream on my latkes (cranberry sauce is fun for a...

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  • Happy Hanukkah!

    By Joy Bennett

    November 28, 2013 | 5:18 am

    Photo courtesy lemonvilleunited.ca

    Wishing all my readers (both of them!) a wonderful and warm Hanukkah, and Happy Thanksgiving!  We all have so much to be grateful for. May your table be filled with warmth, smiles, and laughter, and may the years draw friends and family even closer, held in the Light of God's love.

  • Five Ways to Break the Rules this Thanksgivukkah

    By Elana Horwich

    November 22, 2013 | 9:00 am

    1. Start with Latkes, Put Your Guests to Work and Dress Like an Idiot!

    The latke is best, by far, right out of the pan, after it has rested for only a moment on paper towels which soak up some oil. When they are part of the main course they are inevitably room temperature, greasy...

  • Thoughts on Thanksgivukkah

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 22, 2013 | 7:27 am

    Thanksgivukkah is almost here!

    Yes, it's the only convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah for 70,000 years - and I've been clicking on the links, considering new recipes, stuffing cornucopias with chocolate gelt, and even buying Pilgrim hats for the kids to wear while they spin...

  • David Arquette and Rabbi Cunin light 800lb menorah ice sculpture at L.A. Live [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 11, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    This past Sunday, David Arquette helped Chabad Rabbi Cunin light an 800lb menorah ice sculpture at L.A. Live. See photos here and the video below.

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 7, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    This upcoming week is Hnukkah, aka: the most wonderful time of the Jewish year. The next eight days will be full fun, family-time, extremely oily food and lots and lots of holiday spirit. I know some of you see more Chistmas than Hanukkah when walking down the street, so to make...

  • Gifts to de-light

    By Ryan E. Smith

    December 6, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    These are serious times. We just finished a brutal election cycle here in the United States, and things are as tense and uncertain as ever in the Middle East. What better excuse than Chanukah, then, to relax a little? For those who are interested in passing along a little laugh with some holiday spirit, here are a few fun gift ideas.

  • Dec. 8-14

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    SAT DEC 8

    Dana Berger and Dan Toren

    Singer-songwriter Berger is likened to an Israeli Joni Mitchell. Toren is an acclaimed songwriter behind some of Israel’s biggest pop hits. The two appear together for an acoustic performance at The Mint. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $45 (presale), $50...

  • Chanukah & Miracles

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    December 3, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    Chanukah is fast approaching.  I know it because my kids are excited and my wife is leaving more frequently for evening runs to Toys R Us and Target.  I love Chanukah.  If you ask my Rabbinic (Student) opinion, if young Jewish families are set on the “three day per year” synagogue...

  • An Independent Palestinian state- what’s the problem?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 3, 2012 | 10:25 am


    Last Thursday, the U.N General Assembly voted on the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," (like the Vatican’s.) Despite Israel's attempts to get as many states as possible to oppose that resolution, the majority...

  • Shining a new light on the Jewish response to Christmas

    November 30, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    From Kung Pao kosher comedy to a swinging Mardi Gras version of the “Dreidel” song, two new Chanukah season releases explore the intriguing, delightful and sometimes perplexing ways in which American Jews have responded to Christmas.

    In a book and an audio CD compilation, the...

  • A miracle in your kitchen [RECIPES]

    By Elana Horwich

    November 29, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    Defying all laws of physics, so we have been told, the “Chanukah oil” lasted for eight days and nights. Because I don’t personally have any connection to oil menorot or to oil lamps of any kind, it’s hard for me to conceive of the magnitude of this miracle.

    What I personally find...

  • A Brentwood Country Club Chanukah [RECIPES]

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 29, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    Chef Brett Swartzman is a chef with passion. The Chicago native started working in his parents’ Jewish bakery when he was 10 years old, making bagels, muffins, cookies, challah and sandwiches.

    Chanukah was always a big celebration at his grandparents’ home. Coming from a big...

  • How Technion students light the menorah [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 29, 2012 | 10:01 am

    Technion students Eyal Cohen, Tomer Wassermann, Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan tackle the challenge of lighting the menorah in classic Rube Goldberg fashion using helium balloons, dominos, nitroglycerine, a robot and a number of other gadgets. How do you plan on lighting the menorah this year?

  • Books that make perfect Chanukah gifts

    November 21, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    This season’s crop of Chanukah books for kids brings us welcome reissues of two old favorites, along with a colorful multicultural tale welcoming a new baby. For older youths, an outstanding graphic novel may be just the right kind of gift. And somehow, once again, some prehistoric...

  • Day 85 - Why I’m Reading the Whole Talmud… Again

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 8, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I have been struggling to write a post since I came down from the Mt. Sinai-like high of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium, when we completed the seven and a half year cycle of reading the Talmud (click here for my Jewish Journal cover story about that experience).

    I have kept...

  • Hanukkah miracle: Israeli Jews light more candles than American Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 31, 2012 | 11:45 am

    One of the interesting things one can do with the new Guttman study of Israelis’ “beliefs, observance and values” (see: Who’s afraid of Israel’s belief in God?) is to compare the beliefs of Israelis to those of American Jews. Such comparisons demonstrate the many differences –...

  • The Shlomones - The Rocky Hora Chanukah Song

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 27, 2011 | 3:46 am

  • In search of Judah Maccabi’s grave

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 27, 2011 | 3:38 am

     

    Last Monday afternoon, just twenty four hours before the start of Hanukkah, and on the road from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, I turned right where the brown signs point to the “Maccabean Graves”. It was almost sundown, and light wind was blowing at the trees on the short unpaved...

  • My Very Merry Jewish Christmas

    By Ilana Angel

    December 26, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    I had a fabulous Christmas, which was also the 6th night of Hanukkah.  It feels festive and inclusionary when they overlap, and you almost forget about all the crap in the world, because so many people are united in faith this time of year.  Regardless of what the faith is, there is...

  • Holiday Card Etiquette

    By Julia Bendis

    December 23, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    When you receive your first holiday card, you realize that you’re officially in the holiday season, or as I like to call it, “The Holiday card nightmare”.  As we enter the holidays, we also enter the awkward holiday greeting card etiquette.  The other day a long-time friend asked me...

  • Opinion: In defense of acquiring material things

    By Dennis Prager

    December 22, 2011 | 11:00 am

    Every year around Christmas and Chanukah time, writers, commentators, pundits and many rabbis, priests and ministers exhort Americans against spending money on things. We are too materialistic, we are told every year. Happiness, not to mention a meaningful life, depends on our having...

  • Hey kid, want more Hanukkah presents?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 22, 2011 | 1:27 am

    You might have read this article when it was published in 2010, or a report based on this article. It had the modest goal of providing more evidence to the commonly agreed upon assumption that “the importance of Hanukkah among American Jews is driven by its proximity (in the time...

  • Candle power

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 21, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Anyone familiar with religious practices can testify to the fact that candles play a crucial role in normative observance for many religions. It is not surprising to find an identical phenomenon in Judaism, the mother of so many contemporary beliefs.

    In our practice, candles are...

  • Yehuda Kurtzer: We do the Jewish past a disservice when we make it holier than the present

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 20, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and author of the forthcoming Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past (due for release in spring 2012). He previously served as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University, and...

  • Handy Hazzan is Hanukkah Hazzan - Making Dreydls Out of Clay Today!

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    December 16, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    … Oh Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl…I Make it Out of Clay…

    Most of you know the Dreidel Song …. “Oh Dreydl, Dreydl Dreydl…. I made it out of clay.  And when it’s dry and ready, then dreydl I shall play…”  Who does that anymore?  Go to any Judaica store and
    you will find...

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