Saturday, February 28, 2015 AdarI 9, 5775
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Rivka Tal, Jewish Exponent Feature
The festive holiday of Chanukah lasts eight days -- even here in Israel, where some of the holidays are short a day. And it's a good thing, too, for we have eight days in which to light candles every night and show thanks for the Jews' miraculous victory over the Greeks.
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Every year as Chanukah approaches, Center City resident Eleanor Levie pulls out a black crocheted vest that she spruced up by sewing on a larger-than-life chanukiah and dreidels.
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A 3-foot tall menorah burned, a gigantic mirrored dreidel spun overhead, and on stage, Matisyahu launched into a lilting reggae melody as a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,000 people roared with approval. The Chasidic singer's "Festival of Light" tour, held at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street, seemed the perfect excuse to usher in the last night...
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The flickering lights of the menorah inspire a variety of emotions among Jews -- from pride and a warm sense of belonging to sheer delight in their beauty. But for Jewish parents, they also bring a touch of worry -- as little eyes and hands are drawn to them. Small children should always be watched while the menorah is burning...
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Chanukah delicacies from other shores
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
When Shani Feinstein cooks, her Philadelphia kitchen is filled with the aromatic spices of her native Iran. Ordinary dishes like rice are transformed into a colorful mosaic of tantalizing flavors. In fact, the scents bring her back, so to speak. Memories of life in Tehran, she says, are as vivid as when she left as a young student, right after...
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