Chanukah

Unsettling Thoughts On Today's Maccabees

I have no doubt that if the Maccabees, heroes of the Chanukah story, were around today, they would be leading the West Bank settlers’ current protests, decrying the Jerusalem government for abandoning its Zionist and religious imperative to claim

12/09/2009
Editor and Publisher

I have no doubt that if the Maccabees, heroes of the Chanukah story, were around today, they would be leading the West Bank settlers’ current protests, decrying the Jerusalem government for abandoning its Zionist and religious imperative to claim all of the land of Israel as holy and non-negotiable.

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Unfair Competition?

11/29/2002
Staff Writer
Chanukah starts this weekend, but for some American Judaica merchants and artists the holiday season was over weeks ago. In fact, they say the Chanukah gift-buying season, traditionally a major source of their annual sales, never began. Besides the U.S. economic recession affecting many businesses, they are blaming another culprit: the proliferation of Israel expos and fairs promoting Israeli retailers and craftspeople being sponsored around the country by synagogues and Jewish community centers, with millions of dollars at stake.

Doctor Clown Healer

12/19/2008
Staff Writer
The most memorable incident in the life of 16-year-old Oopsie took place last year in a stranger’s hospital room in Israel. Oopsie is the non-de-plume of Zachy Adler, a yeshiva high school student from Woodmere, L.I., who, as a clown outfitted with makeup, red foam-rubber nose and floppy ears, entertains kids in hospitals and senior citizens in nursing homes in both Israel and the United States. Visiting Tel Aviv’s Tel HaShomer Hospital with a group of fellow young clowns from the New York area, he noticed a sad-looking girl sitting alone in an open room.

Obama disses Jews with Chanukah party invitations...oh PLEASE

Honestly, covering the Jewish beat in Washington is just sometimes too much to take.

I mean, seriously does anybody care if the white House invited 400 or 4000 prominent Jews to this year's White House Chanukah party?

Judging by several calls I've had, you'd think a mere 400 guests at a party that wasn't even a feature of the White House until the early 2000s was just one more sign of how President Obama doesn't like Jews, or a signal to Israel or something.

Obama disses Jews with Chanukah party invitations…oh PLEASE

Monday, December 7th, 2009 Honestly, covering the Jewish beat in Washington is just sometimes too much to take.  I mean, seriously does anybody care if the white House invited 400 or 4000 prominent Jews to this year’s White House Chanukah party? Judging by several calls I’ve had, you’d think a mere 400 guests at a party that wasn’t even a feature of the White House until the early 2000s was just one more sign of how President Obama doesn’t like Jews, or a signal to Israel or something.

Chanukah Around The World

01/02/2009
Staff Writer
Chanukah 5769 is one for the books — the Guinness Book of World Records. Around the world this week, several Jewish communities vied to establish various records – largest menorah, largest crowd, largest number of menorahs concurrently lit – at their public celebrations of the Holiday of Lights.

Updated: J Street snags Sarah Palin, Avigdor Lieberman for Chanukah party - NOT

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee, is having a holiday party – and its guest list is nothing short of stellar. Of course, the list is a put on, but that probably won’t stop the group’s legion of detractors from finding some deep and dark significance in the official invitation.

Rabbis Explore Uniqueness Of Gay Shuls

06/09/2000
Staff Writer
The rabbis of the nation's gay and lesbian synagogues gathered this week at a first-of-its kind meeting, held at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in the West Village. Their goal was to share experiences "and to find out whether there are in fact things unique to us as leaders of gay and lesbian congregations," said one participant, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Los Angeles' Bet Chayim Chadashim, during a lunch break. The answer, she and other participants said, is that there are and there aren't.

On Smorgasbord Judaism

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s understandable that people who are concerned about the future of Jewish life tend to be passionate and emphatic when discussing intermarriage.

 

But often, when expressing their legitimate concern about this topic people can go over the top.

 

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