Chanukah

Spaisman’s Struggle

11/14/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

There is nothing in the arts as evanescent as live theater. After the curtain goes down it vanishes, to borrow a metaphor from Dashiell Hammett, “like a fist when you open your hand.” And all you are left with is memories.

Books To Light The Way

12/04/1998
Jewish Week Book Critic

A friend who works in a bookstore recounts that whenever Jewish parents or grandparents ask for help in selecting a book, they preface their request: “Oh, he’s 7, but he reads like a 12-year-old,” or “She’s beginning fifth grade but reads on a high-school level.” But despite their parents’ best intentions to get them reading the classics as soon as they can lift them, along with The New York Times, kids really do prefer picture books with great stories.

Q Suspect Jailed For Unrelated Hate Crime

01/16/2008

One of the suspects in last month’s attack on Jewish subway riders returning from a Chanukah celebration has been sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in jail for a hate crime he committed in 2006.

Q Train Case May Hinge On Eyewitness Testimony

12/19/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

The suspects charged in the Q train beating of three Jewish students celebrating Chanukah are guilty of “nothing more than acting as kids,” said Peter Mollo, the lawyer for one of them.

Mollo, whose comments drew harsh reaction from two local leaders, compared how authorities react to such behavior today and how they regarded it four decades ago, when he was a child growing up in Bay Ridge.

Last-Minute Light

12/05/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

Even gift givers who are always late get a reprieve with Chanukah’s eight nights. Here are some last-minute opportunities to do good, dazzle friends and family, and extend the light.

Light Reading

11/28/2007
Jewish Week Book Critic

“There are many lights in light,” according to a line in the Talmud. Hillel’s words refer to the blessing over the Havdalah candle, but can be applied no less to Chanukah.

Jews Across The Pond

10/25/2007
Jewish Week Book Critic

As a wedding is about to begin in North London, all eyes are on the mother of the groom. Claudia Rubin is tall, beautiful, brainy and voluptuous, a celebrated rabbi who leads a large congregation. She’s not officiating at her son’s marriage, instead letting the bride’s family’s rabbi, Nicky Baum, lead the rites. But the service never begins, for the groom runs off with the woman he loves, Rabbi Baum’s wife.

In The Name Of The Father

Monday, December 22nd, 2008 One of the silliest tendencies in Jewish journalism — and I’d bet this has been going on since  American Jewish papers were first published in the 1800s — has been to write about any celebrity with some Jewish blood as a Jewish celebrity, even if that celebrity is not Jewish according to Jewish law or practice, and knows almost nothing Judaism (nor should that celebrity be expected to).  

Unite The Lights

Monday, December 22nd, 2008  There’s a nice campaign, “Unite The Lights,” to have — on the night of Tuesday, December 23 — a spiritual linkage of Chanukah lights everywhere, beginning with the candle lighting at the Statue of Liberty.  ”For you youngsters out there,” as Ed Sullivan used to say, Unite The Lights is doing a Monday launch on YouTube and Facebook, with a widget to ignite the light.  

Meir Soloveitchik: Mysteries Of The Menorah

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 Chanukah is a good time to catch up with Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik’s excellent essay on the Menorah — the one snatched by Titus — that ran in Commentary earlier this year.
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