Holidays

LGBTQ Orgs Partner for Chanukah Celebration

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Two LGBTQ Jewish organizations partnered this Chanukah to create an event focusing on light, leadership and love in their communities after a year full...

Israelis Want to Bring Back North African Jewry’s Feminist Chanukah Tradition

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By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — As a child growing up in Tunisia, Peggy Cidor and her sister would count the days to Hanukkah. But the traditional...
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The Most Important Chanukah Candle

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By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Vayeshev A 7-year-old member of my synagogue once asked me, “Rabbi, which is the most important candle on the chanukiyah...
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WATCH: Daveed Diggs’ New ‘Puppy for Hanukkah’ Song

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By Shira Hanau There’s a long history of Jewish artists releasing parody songs for Hanukkah, but this year’s most catchy addition to the holiday...

Chanukah Foods From Around the World

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North American Ashkenazi Jews may associate Chanukah celebrations with potato latkes and sufganiyot, but there’s nothing in the Maccabees story that says these are...

Chanukah Gift Ideas, 2020 

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The manner in which this year’s Gift Guide was assembled is the manner in which these gifts are meant to be bought, received, given...

Jewish Women from North Africa Have an Awesome Feminist Chanukah Tradition

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By Rishe Groner When it comes to celebrating Chanukah, you probably think about lighting the menorah, playing dreidel (or maybe not, does anyone actually play...

First Person: On Rosh Hashanah, I Didst Laugh

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A stranger tells Sarah that she’s going to have a baby, and she laughs; it’s well past the time for such things. When God...
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Shanah Tovah! A Message From the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia

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The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia On Rosh Hashanah eve, Sephardic communities recite a liturgical poem called “Ahot Ketanah.” Each stanza closes with the...
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High Holiday Kits Turn Homes Into Sanctuaries

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Candles. Honey. Challah. Decorations. These are just some of the items being packed into boxes and bags at synagogues across the country this fall. The packages...