Chanukah

Is Technology Killing Our Chemistry?

12/26/2013
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Recently at an Upper West Side Chanukah party hosted by a Jewish outreach organization, where singles stood in tight cliques balancing paper plates of potato latkes and plastic cups of white wine, I observed a beautiful blonde in a simple black dress standing alone near one wall. When men were introduced to her by a friendly, connector-type guy, they would chat her up with animation, but throughout the course of the evening, not one man actually approached the young woman, whom I’ll call Leigh, on his own initiative.

Heather Robinson

Have Yourself A Happy (Second) Chanukah

For many, the winter holiday season can sometime feel like elbowing for room at the family table: Chanukah, Christmas, Kawaanza, Solstice, (Festivus!)…the list goes on.

But this year, latkes came with a slice of pumpkin pie.  And while it was nice to spin the dreidel in-between bastings, for many the Festival of Lights should come with a side of snow.

Photo courtesy Metropolitan Klezmer

Chanukah: Are We So Different From The Hellenists?

As Chanukah departs, let's take one last look back at the Maccabees' triumph over the Hellenists. Was it a victory of ideas as well as a physical conquest?

Rabbi Michael Levy

Leftover Turkey: What To Do?

Get out there and vote -- for one of eight bloggers' recipes.

12/06/2013
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Turkey. Those who love it gorge on Thanksgiving and then grow weary as the big bird’s leftovers linger on.

 Yosef Silver, blogger, and his wife Daniella create his recipe for the contest: a stuffed latke. Photo courtesy Yosef Silver.

Prayer: A Path To Gratitude In A Time Of Anxiety

12/06/2013
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With Thanksgiving barely a week behind us and Chanukah just ending, it seems a particularly appropriate moment to reflect on this year’s most unusual juxtaposition of sacred and secular celebrations. Beyond the kitsch of “Thanksgivukah,” as so many referred to it, there is a common thread between the two holidays, and it is a significant one. Both are about gratitude.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

High-Tech Chanukah Gifts

What did you get for Chanukah? Video blogger Aaron Herman takes a look as some innovative Chanukah gifts.

Nissim: "The Black Miracle"

To celebrate the holiday spirit, rapper Nissim released a new video in collaboration with Jewish website Aish.com.

Light Up The Night

Ein Prat Fountainheads of Israel rejoice in the Festival of Lights.

A Chanukah Thank-You To Ed Koch

11/27/2013
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I was listening to the radio the day Ed Koch passed away in February, when I heard a recording of the former New York City Mayor answering a reporter’s question about how he would like his epitaph to read.

Ed Koch, seen here in a video supporting Barack Obama, supported menorahs in public places.
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