Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
Petit Fours will make your holiday gifts extra festive
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim, the most jubilant holiday in the Jewish calendar, is a celebration of the defeat of Haman and his heinous plan to exterminate the Jews. It's a holiday where in synagogues all over the world, there's dressing up, drinking and dancing till you're dizzy -- this is a holiday where it's permitted to get drunk. Shalach manot baskets sent to...
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Working to Tread Lightly on the Earth
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Tu B'Shevat seder Elaine Cohen oversees at her synagogue is a tradition that goes back nearly 20 years. Between 15 and 30 people attend the annual event, and this year's meal, like others, will feature the traditional four cups of wine, as well as emphasize nuts and fruit -- products of the trees the meal celebrates. Seders like these...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
When I was a little girl in Yiddish school, we read a touching Chanukah story by Aaron Maggid. It concerned the plight of European refugees who were trying to make their way to the Jewish homeland right after the Shoah. The story is set in a small fishing village in Eretz Yisrael. Little Miriam and her friends hear about the...
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Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
"Chanukah, O Chanukah, come light the menorah," go the familiar words sung for generations at the holiday -- which begins this year on Dec. 21 at sundown -- commemorating the Jewish struggle for religious freedom and national survival. But did previous well-wishers envision that their descendants would light a Shrek menorah, a Disney menorah, a singing Maccabees menorah -- all...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
This was one for the record books -- the record book, actually, as Cherry Hill, N.J., shul Temple Sinai fought to reclaim its bragging rights from the University of Maryland. The coveted title? The Guinness World Record for most dreidels spun. The shul claimed the title in 2005 with 541 dreidels (the certificate is framed near the building's entrance) and...
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