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  • Lone soldiers from North America attend Thanksgiving dinner in Tel Aviv

    3 days ago

    Some 200 lone Israeli soldiers from North America will attend a special Thanksgiving dinner catered by a former lone soldier from New York.

    The holiday dinner on Thursday, at the Beit Hachayal in Tel Aviv, will be hosted by Nefesh B’Nefesh, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces,...

  • How to destroy your Thanksgiving dinner

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    One of the more obnoxious things I’ve read this year is a piece in Vox titled, “How to Survive Your Family’s Thanksgiving Arguments,” complete with a handy guide to help you turn a warm family gathering into a political food fight.

    Never mind that you can have these political...

  • Happy Thanksgiving—with Jewish Turkeys!

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    3 days ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I'm reposting this item from my Jewish Heritage Europe web site -- an online resources to Jewish heritage across the continent. See the full post here.

    Thanksgiving is often called “turkey-day” because of the tradition of eating roast turkey at the...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayishlach with Rabbi Susan Leider

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Susan Leider, Rabbi of congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA. Rabbi Leider received her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from the University of California at Irvine. At the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, she earned...

  • How to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma?

    By Elana Horwich

    4 days ago

    Eating less is NOT the answer this chef will give you!

    Try these three tips, and they will totally change your holiday experience.

    1. My secret weapon: Digestive Enzymes. They support your belly’s digestion so you will feel less full and bloated, and will have more energy after...
  • Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe on Wednesday as millions of people embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris...

  • After cancer, Thanksgiving will never be the same

    4 days ago

    In fiction, the scenario would seem implausible: While attempting to console my husband as his little sister drew her final breaths, I noticed an unfamiliar number flash across my screen. I let it go to voicemail. The number flashed again. It was my physician, who informed me when...

  • November 29: The Jewish Thanksgiving Day

    By Judea Pearl

    5 days ago

    For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare Nov. 29 as the Jewish Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic United Nations vote on Nov. 29, 1947, an event that has changed so dramatically the...

  • Paleo Pecan Crust Sunshine Pumpkin Pie

    By Elana Horwich

    5 days ago

    Because it tastes like the sunshine.

    Your guests do not want to look at their watches waiting for the right moment to make a polite exit so they can go home and sleep away the culinary burden of the night. Lighten up the load. Add sunshine.

    A little labor intensive to use fresh...

  • Thanksgiving: Vegan and vegetarian dishes

    By Judy Zeidler

    5 days ago

    In some ways, I’m pretty traditional when it comes to my family’s Thanksgiving Day meal: I like to plan a lot of old-fashioned farmhouse food for the holiday. 

    Who doesn’t enjoy a handsome bronzed turkey with lots of stuffing, an appealing array of relishes and a lavish dessert...

  • How to make a floral turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving

    By Jonathan Fong

    1 week ago

    For me, decorating the table is the best part of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner celebration. I love arranging the dishes, the sparkling glasses, the starched napkins — and, of course, making the centerpieces. 

    Centerpieces are a great way to set the mood, a way to tell your guests...

  • Thanksgiving Hints

    1 week ago

    With Thanksgiving just a week away, Auntie has been asked to offer up some of her Helpful Hints for getting along with odd duck family members during the holidays. Who determines which relative is the odd duck/turkey is up to you. In any case, Auntie has some extremely helpful and...

  • Did you see “The Lion King?”: A Thanksgiving story

    2 weeks ago

    I give thanks for "The Lion King." This month, the theatrical production celebrates eighteen years on Broadway. I first fell in love with the show when I somehow scored tickets to the press preview the night before it opened in New York City, November 13, 1997. Like everyone else...

  • Giving thanks for a fight-free Thanksgiving

    2 weeks ago

    As my family — and families across the country — begin preparations for the Thanksgiving feast, I started to wonder what kind of family tsuris could rend this day of plenty, pilgrims and, well, pigskin, asunder.

    Even in this season of presidential candidate debates, I knew that...

  • Decoration Expiration

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    December 14, 2014 | 11:42 pm

    I don’t put up many holiday decorations myself, but I appreciate it when others do. At this point, I know which houses in my neighborhood are going to have witches and pumpkins up in October and shamrocks and leprechauns up in March. I can almost use their displays like calendars....

  • Who Are YOU?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 3, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    “‘Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar...
    ‘I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present – at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
    ‘What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar...


    By Ilana Angel

    November 26, 2014 | 7:14 pm

    Thanksgiving 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 48th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 48 things I am grateful for, in no...

  • Grateful for an Imperfect World.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 26, 2014 | 9:33 am

    “Did you know teenage smoking is at all time low?”  My ten-year-old daughter announced unexpectedly.

    Imagine a tiny tear in a magnificent painting.  Most eyes naturally shift to the defect, bypassing the masterpiece.  We seek perfection.  We wish to mend.

    The news, from riots...

  • Cleaner & Better Thanksgiving Recipes

    By Elana Horwich

    November 25, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    This is a collection of recipes that I hope will add a healthier indulgence to your holiday.  Enjoy!





  • What’s my name? Thanksgiving

    November 24, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    I was born in Soviet Ukraine at a time when people were stripped of their spiritual rights and forced to conform to a colorless mass that was communism. How did I know that I was Jewish? It was written in the passports and legal documents of every member of my family, an undeniable...

  • What’s the deal with canned cranberry sauce?

    November 24, 2014 | 11:30 am

    No American holiday conjures up images and memories of food like Thanksgiving. Starting in preschool, most of us learned that Thanksgiving commemorates the moment in 1621 when Pilgrims sat down for a peaceful meal with their Indian friends. They wore funny hats and buckle shoes...

  • Enjoy Napa Valley Grille and the 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 21, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend! 

    Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don't miss out on simply grilled...

  • Thanksgiving by mom, updated

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 19, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to invite family and friends to celebrate an American tradition with a home-cooked feast. The essential elements are turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and yams. And, of course, everyone looks forward to several delicious desserts....


    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 18, 2014 | 9:19 am


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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 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...

  • 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...

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