Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

By:
Penny Schwartz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
From Kung Pao kosher comedy to a swinging Mardi Gras version of the dreidel song, two new Chanukah season releases explore the intriguing, delightful and sometimes perplexing ways in which American Jews have responded to Christmas.
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By:
Binyamin Kagedan, JNS.org
The long version of the Chanukah story is not quite as heartwarming or morally clear-cut as what you might remember from Hebrew school. Ancient historical records, especially the little known Book of Maccabees, tell of a bitter and bloody internal conflict that pitted Jew against Jew in a fight for political and religious domination.
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By:
Binyamin Kagedan, JNS.org
Whether your dreidels collect dust in a drawer or get used every Chanukah, here are some fun facts you might not know about the ubiquitous holiday symbol.
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Find out where Jersey-lebrities shop for Chanukah in this mini gift guide.
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While intermarried couples still face obstacles when it comes to finding their place in the Jewish community, the merger of a local and national group aims to create a clearer path.
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