Thursday, August 25, 2016 Av 21, 5776
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All together now: "I'm dreaming of a white ..." Chanukah? Not going to happen. Environmentally, sure, it's a possibility. But expecting a Jewish composer like Irving Berlin of "White Christmas" fame to wax lyrical over Judah Maccabee's miracle? That would be a miracle in and of itself. But why do some Jewish composers find Christmas more musical than Chanukah? Adam...
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It’s one thing to argue against the existence of God, but to in­sult Judah Maccabee, perhaps the greatest warrior in Jewish history — well, that’s just a shandah. After all, Judah Maccabee and his followers are the central heroes of the Chanukah story, and generations of Hebrew school students have been taught to revere them for their pursuit of religious...
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Reporter Deborah Hirsch battles crowds at the Gershman Y's Latkepalooza in a mission to load up on starchy Chanukah goodness.
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Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, JE Feature
Move over, Nutcracker; make way, Tiny Tim: there is a new theatrical tradition in town this year just in time for the holidays, and this one features hot latkes, chocolate gelt, live klezmer music and Chanukah candle lighting. Gas and Electric Arts, a Philadelphia-based theater company founded by Lower Merion native Lisa Jo Epstein and partner David Brown in 2005,...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
Amy Orlov remembers sitting in music class back in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., singing Christmas carols and humming the words to certain parts -- the ones that made her uncomfortable. "But I don't think they do that anymore, and the decorations, they're more winter-ish," she says. Orlov, 45, notes that she was probably the only Jewish child in her elementary school, but...
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