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  • Giving thanks to the 20th century Maccabees on Chanukah

    November 25, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Thanksgiving is the great American holiday, a secular fete originally celebrating the crops we harvested, now celebrating not just the harvest, but also our freedom, our democracy and our way of life. Because of the oddities of the Hebrew calendar, Jews will be celebrating a second...

  • Megillat Esther — The book of the exile

    February 12, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    Purim is an extraordinary festival in the Jewish calendar.  It can be distinguished from all the other festivals by the character that it was granted in later generations, but mainly by its most primary source -  Megillat Esther itself.

    The different nature of the Purim customs...

  • Let it shine with these unique menorahs

    By Elyse Glickman

    December 6, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Artists and designers in the United States and Israel are broadening and updating the ways in which we pay tribute to Judah Maccabee through the emblematic menorah, commemorating the miraculous endurance of the fabled lighting oil and the resilience that keeps Judaism’s fire lit,...

  • Chanukah models of courage

    December 6, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    My 4-year-old son is obsessed with superheroes, dressing up at every opportunity as the superhero du jour to do battle with the bad guys lurking around the corner. (My 2-year-old daughter is just as enthusiastic, but at her age all she can really muster is a “meanie” face.)

    From...

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  • The Endless Madness of Mel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 18, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Mel Gibson makes a strong case for the return of a Hollywood blacklist.

    Not what bears the name today, an insider online database of coveted unproduced screenplays, but the blacklist as it was mid-20th century, a politically charged ignominious register of the do-not-employ....

  • [UPDATE] Gibson’s Maccabee film on hold; screenwriter calls Mel “Jew-hater,” Gibson responds

    by Danielle Berrin and Naomi Pfefferman Magid

    April 11, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    It looks like Mel Gibson will not be making his controversial Maccabee revolt movie any time soon.  According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. didn’t care for the script screenwriter Joe Eszterhas delivered in February and has put the project on hold: “Warner’s has since passed on it,...

  • I'm drunk with excitement over Mel Gibson's Maccabee movie

    January 13, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    Chanukah has come and gone, and Jewish parents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief. It’s comforting to know that 5772/2011 will likely be the last year that we have to tell our kids the story of the Maccabees without the help of Mel Gibson. Last September, in an announcement...

  • 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...

  • An Afghanistani and Mel Gibson…sounds like the Maccabees

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Mel Gibson, the infamous Jew-loving actor/director/producer auditioned Azita Ghanizada for a role in his upcoming movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.  Or he just wants to date her since the meeting took place over dinner and photos on TMZ include Gibson moving in for the kiss. ...

  • ADL raps Mel Gibson on Maccabee movie

    September 14, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized Mel Gibson following news that he is planning to make a film based on the life of Judah Maccabee. Gibson’s Icon Productions concluded a production deal with Warner Bros. for the movie project.

    “We would have hoped that Warner Bros....

  • Soboroff heads effort for ‘Chai’ Maccabiah

    By Tom Tugend

    June 18, 2008 | 9:02 pm

    While global sports fans are gradually shifting their attention to the Aug. 8 start of the Olympic Games in Beijing, Eyal Tiberger and Steve Soboroff are focused on the July 13, 2009 opening ceremony in Israel of the 18th Maccabiah.

    Tiberger is the executive director of next year's...

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