Chanukah Habits For All Eight Nights, And Beyond

12/07/2015 - 19:00

When Rabbi Meir Shapiro suggested the practice of the Daf Yomi, studying a page of Talmud daily, at an Agudah conference in 1923, he could never have imagined how many thousands of people take part in this seven and a half year project. Rabbi Shapiro believed it would unite Jews globally in a mission to strengthen and unify the Jewish community. A “Jew leaves the States and travels to Brazil or Japan, and he first goes to the beis medrash [study hall], where he finds everyone learning the same daf [page] that he himself learned that day. Could there be greater unity of hearts than this?”

Erica Brown

Happy Chanukah From All But One Of The GOP Candidates

12/07/2015 - 19:00

The Republican Jewish Coalition posted on its Facebook page a video featuring 13 out of 14 of the GOP presidential candidates wishing a Happy Chanukah.

Screenshot of GOP presidential candidates wishing a Happy Chanukah. Via

Multiple Chanukah Events For Jewish Deaf Community

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared at here.

One of the primary lessons of Chanukah is to increase in light and goodness. This certainly seems to be the case for the deaf Jewish community in the United States, where an expected 700 people will celebrate at no less than four different giant menorah-lightings.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the first night of Chanukah, Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff of the Jewish Deaf Foundation was joined by faculty and students for the third annual public menorah-lighting ceremony on the campus of Gallaudet University, the Washington, D.C.-based liberal-arts institution where all programs and services are geared for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Jewish Deaf artist Hinda Kasher. Courtesy of Chabad

Women Light Hanukkah Candles At Western Wall

12/06/2015 - 19:00

Jerusalem — About 100 women gathered at the Western Wall to light Hanukkah candles.

Women of the Wall lighting Hanukkah menorahs at the Western Wall on the first night of the holiday, Dec. 6, 2015. JTA

Maccabeats Make Latkes

The boy band behind the Chanukah video phenomenon is back.

A Different Kind Of Chanukah Glow

Avon releases romance anthology celebrating the festival of lights, and other holiday season delights.

12/02/2015 - 19:00
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This December, put down that dreidel, daughters of Israel, urges Avon, the longtime publisher of pulpy romances, and pick up “Burning Bright,” its new Chanukah-themed anthology.

The new anthology is all about endogamy. Courtesy of Avon

Chanukah Is About The Struggle For Identity

12/02/2015 - 19:00

The holiday of Chanukah is one holiday that is known to practically every Jew. It is also the only holiday that is not mentioned in the Bible.

Chanukah, Then And Now

12/01/2015 - 19:00

Chanukah is a “celebration of light” the way the Fourth of July is a celebration of fireworks, which is to say: “not quite.” Both holidays commemorate exhausting wars of independence, the devastation of the Temple or the colonial countryside, and times of near-defeat in Jerusalem or Valley Forge.

12 Tips For Holiday Hosts Who Entertain Guests With Sensory Challenges

Editor's Note: I was delighted to be a resource for this article that originally appeared on Great ideas to support your guests at upcoming Chanukah parties!

Holiday season is now upon us. Maybe this week you are packing your bags to hit the road to attend a family dinner or perfecting your shopping list as host of the perfect event. Maybe you’ve worked hard planning your holiday menu, taking into account guest food allergies and vegetarian preferences.

You think a lot about your guest’s experience, I challenge you to consider your guest’s surroundings, specifically of the sensory variety.

Seasons Readings For Kids

For Chanukah 2015, young readers are treated to romance in the Atlas Mountains, stories of the real lives of Israeli kids, tales of helping others in this holiday season, easy-to-follow recipes and, as always, new spins on the Maccabee story.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House
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