Judaism

From time-honored traditions to modern synagogue life, your hub for Jewish learning, holidays and text.

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A Time of Light, a Time to Go Inward and Think

Chanukah is one of the many festivals of light that cultures around the world celebrate as the days of the Northern hemisphere shorten and...
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Lighting up the Mall

After cars paraded down the Ben Franklin Parkway festooned with menorahs in Lubavitch of Greater Philadelphia's annual March of Lights Saturday, a crowd congregated on Independence...
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Congregants Welcome An Ex-Offender

A 77-year-old Jewish man convicted of rape gets a chance to start over with a little help from congregants at Beth Sholom.    Bob Lankin and...
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The Unknown Heroine of the Holiday

I was walking down a street in Jeru­salem when I came to a sign: Queen Shalom-Zion Street. A Jewish queen who was not named...
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Move Over Latkes!

For my mother, Chanu­kah went way beyond latkes. It was her cakes and cookies — rich, buttery, studded with nuts — that upheld her...
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With a Candle Each Night, Celebrate Courage

JTA's Dasee Berkowitz reflects on the models of courage found in the Chanukah story and suggests a way to honor this theme as you...
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Eight Days of Local Chanukah Events

Here are a few of our favorite event picks for Chanukah, broken down by day. When the Beatles came up with the song, “Eight Days...
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Brotherhood’s Apex: Soviet Jewry March

Twenty-five years after freedom, our local Russian-speaking Jewish community remains strikingly separate — culturally, educationally, religiously and geographically. It’s time for Philadelphians to take...
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Bubbling Cauldron of Oil

This is one of those columns where calories don’t count and your commitment to eating healthier just has to take a vacation. It’s Chanukah....
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Book Apps Add Color and Snap to Chanukah

Check out three recent apps that give an interactive spin on the Chanukah story. Richard Codor, an illustrator with a big imagination, was 10 years...