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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...
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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...
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.
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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?
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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.
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...
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.
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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,...
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.
December 20, 2008 | 1:24 am
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… JEWS
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...
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...
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/
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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.
December 10, 2007 | 10:07 am
Throughout this week, I’ve made latkes (or at least attempted to), gone to school musicals and even mastered the art of the dreidel. Now, for the 7th day, its time to party, Chanukah style. Thanks to the help of Taglit Birthright Israel, Jdub Records (in addition to the support of the Progressive Jewish Alliance), we can light candles with class, drinks and girls.
December 9, 2007 | 8:11 am
If you’ve ever wanted a Jewish Vegas wedding, this may be your lucky day - thanks Jelvis.
Celebrating the 6th night of chanukah with me, Jelvis lights up the show as the two of us say the blessings.
December 8, 2007 | 11:23 am
What’s Chanukah without a little dreidel? Better than mario kart or guitar hero, dreidel is not only fun, but its a game about equality…because it requires absolutely no skill at all - everyone’s on the same level. I learned, however that the classic game can be pretty boring. That’s why I sat down with Jewish Joural Senior Editor Adam Wills, a dreidel expert. Together we learned basic play along with a new game…upside-down dreidel.
After the game, as always come light the Chanukah candles with us.
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For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big Pico Blvd. fan. The road…the lights…the people—all Jewish, for the most part. That’s why I decided to light Day 4 of the Chanukah candles there. But on a street with so much culture, it might be surprising to you that I chose to light...
December 6, 2007 | 9:53 am
JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone returns for the third straight night of Chanukah candle lighting…only this time, he’s doing it for the kids.
Today, Jay takes us to Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills where second through sixth graders will be performing a play, “A Great Miracle...