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  • Why does Judaism care about gratitude?

    By Jared Sichel

    December 3, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    While Jews were able to enjoy the rare, simultaneous celebration of Thanksgiving and Chanukah this year, Judaism has long been had something in common with the American holiday.

    It’s a theme that runs from Torah to Talmud, from Psalms to the siddur (prayer book) and into aspects...

  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2013

    By Ilana Angel

    November 28, 2013 | 7:59 am

    Happy Thanksgiving. This holiday is a time to give thanks and gratitude for the blessings in our lives. I try to be grateful everyday, but Thanksgiving is special because we are all being grateful together. Since this is my 47th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 47 things I am...

  • 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.

  • Thanksgivukkah, Emma Lazarus & the Maccabees: Embracing our dual identity

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 27, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    There is something much deeper to “Thanksgivukkah” than sweet potato latkes. It is an opportunity to celebrate the blessing of our dual identity as Americans and Jews.

    In 1883, the Jewish-Sephardic-American poet Emma Lazarus was invited to write a poem for a literary auction...

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  • Chocolate freedoms of Chanukah and Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    The freedom food of chocolate should star in desserts for Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Puritans seeking asylum in North America and Jews hiding from the Inquisition in New Spain (Mexico) had their first encounters with chocolate in the 17th century. Chocolate paves the religious...

  • 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...

  • ‘Thanksgivukkah’? Not quite

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    It’s taken American Jews a good century to fully absorb the miraculous idea that this country is unlike any other that Jews have experienced. After 2,000 years of feeling insecure no matter where we pitched our tents, the people of Moses finally found safe harbor in the land of...

  • Modeh Ani, connecting thanksgiving and light

    November 25, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    When people ask me to describe the God I believe in, I often start by using the image of a flame. We are taught that each of us has a divine spark within us. That divine spark at times burns brightly, often in the moments of our lives when we find ourselves in balance and in tune...

  • 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...

  • On heroes and gratitude: A real Thansgivukkah message

    November 22, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    It has a clever, catchy name.  It will allegedly occur once every 78,000 years.  It has inspired dozens of fusion recipes like sweet potato latkes with cranberry applesauce.  It has even inspired a Hanukkiah or menorah in the shape of a turkey,  a “menurkey.”  It is the perfect...

  • 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...

  • Eight chefs’ new Chanukah delights, one for each night

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide: Chanukah is celebrated for eight days by candle-lighting, gift exchanges and eating foods fried in oil, an ancient custom, commemorating a miraculous event at the Temple in Jerusalem, while the Thanksgiving meal reminds us of our...

  • How to cook a perfect turkey

    By Elana Horwich

    November 21, 2013 | 11:42 am

    It took a lot of stress and hard work to come up with this hassle-free turkey. Don’t think I didn’t personally slave just because I say it’s the easiest ever. It wasn’t easy to get here. Cookbooks were scoured, recipes were sent from friends, gravies were made and thrown out, my...

  • Stuffed: Thanksgiving on Hope Street

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    Last Sunday, my job was to make stuffing for 400 people. I said I’d do it because there’s a part of me that prefers to forget that it’s been 25 years since I was a caterer, and I assumed it would be as easy now as it was then.

    Every year for the past nine years, Nashuva, the...

  • Raising a Grateful Child

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 15, 2013 | 9:04 am

    Shabbat Shalom! Our next couple of Fridays may find us thinking not only of Shabbat - but also of the rapidly-approaching Thanksgiving holiday. (How has the time passed so quickly?) In addition to figuring out the best way to carve a turkey and if it's worth it to make our mashed...

  • October Cake [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    October 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

    To be honest, this is more pumpkin bread than pumpkin cake. Yet since I don’t make actual cakes for myself to have on hand for fear that my inner ravenous fat-ass might unleash itself, and since I do have a tendency to uncontrollably devour any carb-y, creamy, cake-like thing I can...

  • Chanukah + Thanksgiving = linguistic abominations

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 9, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Not long ago, I wrote about Thanksgivukah, the hybrid holiday this November when American Jews will celebrate two holidays with lots of, uh, food and stuff.

    And while I noted that some are spelling it “Thanksgivukkah,” I only recently learned that there are a few completely...

  • Time to shop for Thanksgivukkah

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 2, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Now that the parade of Jewish holidays has passed, it’s time to start planning for the impending arrival of an unprecedented hybrid: “Thanksgivukah” is coming! 

    This year, the first day — and the second night — of Chanukah falls on Nov. 28, which also happens to be Thanksgiving....

  • A healthier Thanksgiving

    By Elana Horwich

    November 20, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Thanksgiving is my least favorite meal of the year. The problem with the holiday is that it’s difficult to feel thankful when you’re slumped on the couch in a food coma after the meal. It’s hard enough as it is to maintain decent conversation with distant relatives and their...

  • For a Thanksgiving seder, it’s all about the ‘hodu’

    November 12, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Sitting down to the well-set table every November, even though it is filled with family and food, I always feel that something is missing -- a Jewish connection to the Thanksgiving story.

    A dinner without the drama of the Exodus, like the Passover seder, leaves me just with the...

  • Slice of Life: Cider recipes for adults

    October 24, 2012 | 10:31 am

    When my boys were younger we had hot cider for them and the neighborhood kids after a hard day playing in the leaves. Now that my kids are out of the house and all I’m doing  all the raking (yeah, right) I’ve decided to invite other “parents of children too old to do the chores we...
  • Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

    George Rajna

    December 12, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Three years ago while my wife and I traveled around the world for a year, we spent some time in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaaatar before heading into the emptiness of the Gobi Desert. While roaming the streets of the capitol one afternoon, we ran into a Canadian miner at a video...

  • Jon Stewart defends Obama’s godless Thanksgiving message

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 1, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Jon Stewart, host of the “Daily Show” wants Fox News to stay out of his turkey dinner. Stewart took offense to Fox News’ criticism that President Barack Obama failed to mention God in his Youtube Thanksgiving message. Stewart thinks it’s just fine that Obama left God out of it.

    ...
  • Lone soldiers mark Thanksgiving in Israel

    November 25, 2011 | 12:30 am

    Several organizations in Israel held Thanksgiving dinner for lone soldiers.

    The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin on Thursday hosted a Thanksgiving meal and football tournament for more than 300 soldiers who have come to Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and...

  • Thankful for living in 2011

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 23, 2011 | 10:12 pm

    As I sat down to think about what I’m most grateful for, I realized that as important as a loving family, good health and meaningful employment are, there’s something even more important to me as a mother of a teen with disabilities —living in the United States in 2011.

    In...

  • N.J. bus drivers working on Thanksgiving driving Jewish students

    November 23, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Some school bus drivers in Lakewood, N.J., are expressing their displeasure with having to work on Thanksgiving driving Orthodox Jewish students to school.

    About 200 bus drivers will work on the holiday—half the number of a regular school day—taking some 18,000 Orthodox students to...

  • Reflections on Gratitude

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    November 23, 2011 | 7:18 am

    For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends

    Thanksgiving By Ralph Waldo Emerson

    It’s been a difficult year for many of my patients. Some have had catastrophic health...

  • Opinion: Proud bastards

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    A few weeks ago we sent out one of our regular e-blasts with the following headline:

    “Poll: One in five Americans believes Jews have too much control of Wall Street.”

    The linked story details the results of an annual Anti-Defamation League (ADL) survey of anti-Semitic attitudes...

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