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  • Kindle Lights,      Rekindle Traditions

    By Linda Morel

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The sizzle of latkes in the kitchen, the glow of Chanukah candles in the window, the sounds of children playing with dreidels," these are what most of us associate with Chanukah celebrations, said Linda Burghardt, the author of "Jewish Holiday Traditions" (Citadel Press, 2001).

    ...

  • Is Thanksgiving a Holiday for Jews?

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 28 approaches, and our non-Jewish fellow citizens would be surprised to discover that, in some religious Jewish circles, Thanksgiving is controversial. The holiday troubles certain Orthodox Jews not because they are unpatriotic -- considering how faithful a friend America has...

  • The Festival of Lite

    By Mike Levy

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Yes, the time of the fatty foods is upon us. But eight days of latkes and jelly doughnuts can be the least of problems for those who celebrate their holidays by eating out.

    "The bad news is, most restaurant meals are high in calories and fat," said nutritionist Anita Jones. "If...

  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spiritby

    By Elliot Fein

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...

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  • Beyond Miracles and Maccabees

    By Denise Berger

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My mother was surprised when I said I was reviewing Chanukah books for kids. "Is there a lot out there?" she asked.

    I don't remember ever coming across a Chanukah book growing up. Now there are titles geared for all ages and interests -- historical accounts, folk tales, activities,...

  • Your Letters

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Withholding Funds

    We are writing in support of the opinion expressed by Steve Berman opposing the policy of United Jewish Communities (UJC) supporting settlers living beyond what will be the revised Green Line ("Withholding Our Funds From Territories," Aug. 30).

    For almost 50...

  • Honey for the Holidays

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a symbolic and literal demonstration of support for Israel, Orange County's Jewish organizations are waging a cooperative campaign to send a bit of new year's cheer to two economically hard-pressed coastal communities near Israel's Gaza this month.&'9;

    Using the slogan "Honey for...

  • Remembering the Fallen

    By Teddy Weinberger

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The day before Israel's Independence Day is Yom HaZikaron Lechalelay Tsahal (Memorial Day for the Fallen of the Israel Defense Forces), which this year begins on Monday night April 15.

    It is characteristically Jewish to place Memorial Day right before Independence Day. Whereas in...

  • Passionate About Passover

    By Robin Siegal

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Each year I search for ways to make the entire week of Passover come alive for my family -- not just the seders. I get excited about the holiday, always finding a surprise experience to create for my children, depending on their ages and stages. I passionately search the library and...

  • The Miracle of Charity

    By Rabbi Yakov Vann

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As we exit Purim and enter into Passover, we find ourselves in the season of redemption. In the words of the Talmud, we are ben geulah ligeulah (between redemptions).

    There are many similarities in the stories of Purim and Pesach. Both find our people struggling for their survival...

  • 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...

  • Deep Fry Diversity

    By Matthew Goodman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The historical foundations of Chanukah are well documented, in the Apocrypha's First and Second Books of the Maccabees and "The Jewish War" and "Jewish Antiquities," written by the Jewish historian, Josephus, in the first century of the common era. As these sources relate, in the...

  • Bring a Rabbi Home

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Stumped by what to buy as a Chanukah present? This year, you can give "The Rabbi Says..." doll to someone on your list.

    The lovable stuffed rabbi, a creation of the Motor City's Gary Barris, debuted this season as "the Jewish response to teddy bears."

    "A couple of holidays ago, I...

  • High Holy Day Help

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I was tired, I was bored and I hated wearing pantyhose. I stood up and sat down at the right times, and even hummed along to the some of the prayers, but in my head, I was replaying scenes from my favorite movies and wishing I was home playing video games.

    Ah, the High Holy Days....

  • When to Wed

    By Naomi Shore

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Jewish couples contemplate "setting their date," it might help them to know the times of the year or specific days that the local rabbis will not be able to perform the ceremony -- and even the time of year that Jewish tradition has considered most favorable.

    There are two kinds...

  • Cheese Blintzes for Shavuot

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai and brings with it centuries of food traditions. It is the time when dairy foods are traditionally served, and cheese blintzes are one of the most popular dishes of the holiday.

    I may not serve blintzes during...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bitterness Once Removed

    Dear Deborah,

    Eleven years ago my parents divorced after my father found out my mother had been having an affair for four years. Although my sister and I were already in our 20's, it had a devastating effect on the family. My father stayed single, alone and...

  • Sweet Sorrow

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A wall of neatly coiffed ladies charges up to the counter to place their orders for baked goods on one of the last days before the holidays and one of the last days before Brown's Bakery in North Hollywood closes its doors forever. Some of the customers have been buying their cakes,...

  • For the Sake of Fun

    By Beverly Gray

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Lisa Stern, a Hancock Park attorney and mother of three, has identified a syndrome afflicting women that she thinks is just as real as postpartum depression -- post-Yontiff exhaustion.

    As the Days of Awe come to a close, women who have spent a month entertaining are feeling the wrath...

  • Holidays

    By Norman Salsitz

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "But then a man with a red beard held aTorah out and called 'Zaleski, I give this honor to Zaleski.'"Photo from "The Jews In America," 1995.

    By 1965, I was a well-established suburbanite living inSpringfield, whose Jewish community included both a Reform andConservative congregation....

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