It’s A Christmas Miracle! Natalie Portman to Put Up First Christmas Tree

12/01/2016 - 12:51
Editorial Intern

After 35 years, Natalie Portman is going to finally live out what she calls “Every Jew's secret wish” by putting up her first Christmas tree in her home, she told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.

Jewish actress, Natalie Portman starring in new movie Jackie, will put up her first Christmas tree this year. Photo/Getty Images

Got a Question? Ask Your Bubbe (Doll) This Chanukah

A new talking Jewish grandmother doll, who answers questions with advice and chutzpah, hits the shelves in time for Chanukah this season

11/28/2016 - 10:49
Editorial Intern

Move aside, magic 8 ball.

A new mystical advice-giving toy is taking over the shelves this Chanukah, and this doll is always right – after all, it is modeled after your stereotypical Jewish grandmother.

The Ask Bubbe Talking Grandma Doll hit the shelves at J. Levine Books and Judaica this fall, in time for the first night of Chanukah, which falls out this year on December 24.

The 'Ask Bubbe' doll can make a great Chanukkah gift. Renee Harari/JW

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
Web Editor

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.

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