Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
Recipes to help lighten up the eight nights of Chanukah
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
On the first night of Chanukah, which this year falls on Sunday, Dec. 21, Ashkenazi Jews all over America will light the first candle on the menorah. And potato latkes will be on lots of dinner tables. Some will be homemade, some store-bought, but all will adhere to the ancient custom of serving foods cooked in oil. Oil emphasizes the...
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Most people can remember the smell of their favorite foods from childhood, or a kind word that was passed along with a great taste. Jill Colella Bloomfield's Jewish Holidays Cookbook passes on some traditional holiday recipes, thereby enabling you to make those same memories with members of your family. Each major holiday has a chapter in the book describing the...
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When it comes to holiday decor, just what's kosher?
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It's been more than 18 years since the U.S. Supreme Court last examined whether or not decking out government property with Christmas and Chanukah symbols violates the notion of separation of church and state. The 1989 decision in County of Allegheny v. ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh wandered into the murky waters of determining what exactly constitutes a religious symbol. The...
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Hoisted onto the shoulders of her father, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Associate Rabbi Peter C. Rigler, Maya Rigler had the honor of helping light a gigantic menorah before a crowd of 500 children and adults who attended the Elkins Park synagogue's Chanukah Shabbat celebration. Photo by Leza Raffel
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Chanukah is now upon us. It represents a time to tell young children the age-old story about the brave, mighty and greatly outnumbered Maccabees who saved the Jews from the cruel King Antiochus, and also about the lean, mean Greeks who sought to destroy them. The story goes on to tell how, after defeating the Greeks, the Maccabees entered the...
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