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  • On Chanukah, just let the lights go out

    6 hours ago

    There’s a popular Chanukah song recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, “Light One Candle.” Its chorus insists we “don’t let the light go out” — but I’ve been thinking that maybe we should.

    Not that I want to leave all those Maccabee children stumbling in the dark on cold December...

  • Chanukah gift guide 2015

    6 days ago

    Marmol Radziner Architects, one of the city’s leading architecture firms in both new construction and historic restorations, also creates furniture, home accessories and jewelry. Marmol Radziner’s Menorah ($140) channels a streamlined, modern sensibility into this ritual object...

  • How to make a birch branch menorah

    By Jonathan Fong

    6 days ago

    While the lighting of the Chanukah candles has been a tradition for centuries, menorahs themselves are constantly being reinvented. Do an online search for “menorahs” and you’ll find literally hundreds of styles, from traditional to novelty. (One that’s getting a lot of attention...

  • White House seeks menorahs with stories for this year’s Chanukah party

    2 weeks ago

    The White House is looking for menorahs with unique stories for its Hanukkah celebration this year.

    Matt Nosanchuk, the White House liaison to the Jewish community, on Nov. 11 posted an entry on the White House website soliciting ideas for menorahs, noting it was the first time...

  • Tom Brady has a menorah

    January 30, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Celebrated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a couple of Jewish connections.

    Since 2012, his brother-in-law has been Kevin Youkilis, the former all-star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox who’s now retired from baseball. The owner of the Patriots, the only team...

  • My menorah and my Christmas tree

    December 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

    For me as a youngster, Christmas was always something others did.  But I married a non Jew and in our early years together, experienced a great deal of conflict over his desire for a Christmas tree.  For several years, each December, we engaged in the same heated discussion that...

  • Hanukkah After Thanksgivukkah

    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...

  • Not quite Chanukah, but L.A.’s Jewish mayor will attend menorah-lighting on Tuesday

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 25, 2013 | 7:43 pm

    If Chanukah starts at sundown on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27, why is Mayor Eric Garcetti, the first Jew to be elected to the city’s highest office in the history of Los Angeles, participating in a menorah-lighting ceremony around midday on Tuesday, Nov. 26?

    Call it a consequence...

  • Will Deutsch: Drawing on Jewish culture

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 16, 2013 | 11:51 am

    What’s considered “Jewish art” often includes a Marc Chagall print. Maybe some abstract metal sculptures resembling a menorah or Star of David. Or a painting of Orthodox Jewish men dancing with a Torah or playing klezmer music.

    This is the art that Will Deutsch grew up around,...

  • Jews with tattoos: the good, the bad and the oy vey

    By Julie Bien

    October 15, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge that tattoos are a controversial subject--not only because they are forbidden under religious law, but mostly because of the weight they carry as signifiers of the Holocaust. This article does not in any way aim to diminish the...

  • At White House, Chanukah’s light comes from Sandy-ravaged shul’s menorah

    December 14, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    It has become something of a White House Chanukah tradition.

    For the second time, the Obama White House used a menorah from a hurricane-hit region to mark the holiday.

    This Chanukah, Rabbi David Bauman brought to the White House one of two 90-year-old menorahs that survived...

  • Mayor Villaraigosa joins Chabad at Menorah lighting

    By Ryan Torok

    December 12, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    On Dec. 7, the dancing rabbis of Chabad and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came together at Los Angeles City Hall to celebrate the Festival of Lights. 

    West Coast Chabad’s 27th annual Chanukah ceremony at City Hall drew community leaders and city officials, including...

  • N.J. shul claims new menorah-lighting Guinness record

    December 12, 2012 | 10:06 am

    A New Jersey synagogue said that it set a new Guinness World Record by lighting 834 menorahs on 90 tables in an airport hangar.

    The event planned by the Jewish Center of Princeton, N.J., took place on Tuesday night, the fourth night of Chanukah, at the Princeton Airport. It was...

  • 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.

  • 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,...

  • 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?

  • Jay-Z’s Brooklyn menorah

    October 16, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    Jay-Z lit up the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn not only with his performance but a menorah. The rapper, a part owner of the arena and its main tenants, the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, put in a special request for his debut performance, wanting to light a candle for each of the eight...

  • 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...

  • Menorah of 25,000 dominoes constructed in Jerusalem

    December 26, 2011 | 11:45 am

    A Chanukah menorah made of 25,000 dominoes was constructed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

    The menorah then fell Sunday in front of a large audience after 5-year-old Dan Ben-Simchon was chosen by raffle to push over the first piece, Ynet reported.

    Menorah builders Nissim Lopez and Yogev Levy are hoping that the successful collapsing of the menorah will land them in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • 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...

  • 700 menorahs lit simultaneously

    December 22, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Some 700 people lit Chanukah menorahs simultaneously.

    The guests at the Merrick Jewish Centre lit the menorahs on the second night of Chanukah in order to break the world record for the most menorahs lit at the same time.

    If deemed successful, it would beat the previous world record set in 2009, when 358 people lit menorahs simultaneously at a nightclub in Moscow.

  • Second Temple artifacts uncovered in Jerusalem

    August 8, 2011 | 8:59 am

    Artifacts from the Second Temple period were found in Jerusalem.

    A sword in a scabbard that belonged to a Roman soldier and an engraving of the Temple’s menorah on a stone object were discovered in recent days during excavation work in the 2,000-year-old drainage channel discovered...

  • The Colbert Report’s Government Shutdown Menorah [VIDEO]

    April 5, 2011 | 11:53 am

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  • Boca Raton under fire for menorah display

    December 8, 2010 | 11:12 am

    A Catholic civil rights organization is accusing Boca Raton, Fla., of discrimination for buying and displaying menorahs in public buildings without including a nativity scene.

    “The City of Boca Raton is effectively discriminating against Christians by allowing one religious symbol,...

  • Jewish troops in Iraq can practice their faith, thanks to Navy rabbi

    By Lilly Fowler

    December 25, 2008 | 4:19 pm

    Rabbi Johnn Cutler, far lower right, celebrates Chanukah with other marines in Iraq. Photo courtesy Rabbi John Cutler

    A short distance from the area where many historians believe the Talmud was written, Rabbi Jon Cutler leads one of the only functioning synagogues left in Iraq.


  • MUSIC VIDEO: ‘All I want for Christmas is Jews’

    December 20, 2008 | 1:24 am

    Relax—it’s comedy

    Approximate lyrics:

    I just want you for my own
    More than you could ever know
    Make my wish come true
    All I want for Christmas is…

    I wont ask for much this Christmas
    I dont even wish for snow
    Just want a Jew who runs show...

  • The many miracles of the family menorah

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 3:08 am

    Alex, Ryan, Josh and Ellie Dubin light about 25 menorahs every night of Chanukah

    From painted-clay preschool classics to sterling silver family heirlooms, the eight bright lights of the chanukiyah have a unique and artful way of revealing our values, holding our histories and telling...

  • 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/

  • My interview in Mumbai with Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg

    By Dikla Kadosh

    December 15, 2008 | 7:13 pm

    In the past couple of weeks since the tragedy in Mumbai, I have read many accounts of what happened at the Chabad House.

    I, like many, was horrified by the murder of the young couple running the Chabad House. But it took a Republican Jewish Coalition newsletter to remind me that I...

  • VIDEO: Rabbi David Wolpe—Lessons of the Chanukah Candles

    December 12, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There are lots of ‘drashim about Chanukah, the candles, the Menorah and the Maccabees.  Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe offers a new and fascinating look at the significance of the ceremonial candlelighting.


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