Chanukah

Chanukah in West Hempstead; Music by Blackout

 Chabad of West Hempstead held its annual menorah lighting and concert at Hall's Pond on Dec. 2, 2010, featuring the local band Blackout, playing Chanukah favorite pop tunes.

‘Where There Is Wealth’

Ragtag Maccabees or conquerors with booty?

12/03/2010

Emma Lazarus, of Statue of Liberty fame, was an ardent Zionist. The second stanza of her “The Feast of Lights,” written for Chanukah, reads:

Remember how from wintry dawn till night,
Such songs were sung in Zion, when again
On the high altar flamed the sacred light,
And, purified from every Syrian stain,
The foam-white walls with golden shields were hung,
With crowns and silken spoils…

Antique Jewish coins, Bronze Prutah of the Procurator of Judea Antonius Felix, circa 52 to 60. Courtesy of Barakat Gallery.

Chanukah at the White House - with 1/3 of the Supreme Court

Chanukah at the White House is always a kick for participants – this year, about 500 from Jewish communities across the country – but for some, there was special meaning in Thursday night's gathering.

Three Supreme Court Justices were in attendance – all of them Jewish: Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As President Barack Obama noted in his remarks, that's fully one-third of the high court.

Chanukah at the White House: Timely Reminder of Why America is Special

12/03/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In addition to serving as the rabbi of The Forest Hills Jewish Center- a position I have held for thirty years- I also currently serve as Vice-President of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international organization of Conservative rabbis. With some sixteen hundred members world-wide, the RA, as it is known, is a respected and important player on the American Jewish scene and around the world.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Curried Sweet Potato Latkes

A South Asian twist on the classic Chanukah treat.

12/03/2010
Editorial Assistant

I love the classic potato latke. It might be one of my favorite foods of all time. And as the old saying goes – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So I prefer to think of this as a completely different dish, a way to try out new flavors and combinations – after you’ve already had your fill of the traditional potato pancake.

Curried Sweet Potato Latkes. Photo by Amy Spiro

Perlman Conducts Navy Band at Menorah Lighting on Washington's Mall

12/02/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Yitzhak Perlman conducted the U.S. Navy Band at the lighting of the menorah on the National Mall.

Several thousand people packed the seats on the Ellipse in front of the White House in near-freezing temperatures Wednesday evening for the event run by American Friends of Lubavitch, a tradition of three decades.

Perlman, a pre-eminent violin virtuosi, performed two traditional Chanukah melodies with a pianist and then conducted the Navy band in "Oseh Shalom" and "God Bless America."

Finding The Light In Each Of Us

12/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

It was the night before Chanukah, and I was visiting a loved one at a therapeutic farm in Vermont. Tonight was the Yule ceremony, the traditional ceremony that the farm held each winter near the time of the solstice.

Return Of The Chanukah Lady

I know Chanukah has caught many people by surprise this year, what with arriving LESS THAN A WEEK after Thanksgiving! However, my kids have been preparing for over a month, by playing with dreidels (we have a zillion lying around the house), counting down the days and of course perfecting their gift wish lists.

Witnessing their excitement and joy in the holiday has been really heartwarming. Nonetheless, I’m still struggling a bit to overcome my inner Grinch by tonight: I’ve been feeling a bit overburdened by Chanukah’s various demands, particularly with the holiday arriving at such a busy time of year. In addition to attending two Chanukah events this week at our temple, we’re hosting a family gathering on Saturday night, and I’m visiting both girls’ classes in my annual role as Jewish Ambassador/Chanukah Lady. (My mom used to do this when I was little, so it’s a family tradition.)

‘Joys And Angst Of The Holidays’

12/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Jews and Christians have very different rituals that mark the onset of winter, but they share the pleasures and stresses of the holiday season. In Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman’s revue, “That Time of the Year,” which opens this weekend at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, two dozen new songs illuminate various aspects of the winter festivals.

“That Time of the Year” runs through Dec. 19 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center

Playing It Safe: The Jewish Third Rail Strategy

11/30/2010

With Chanukah and holiday season weekends coming up, it is extended family time again. To help promote shalom bayit (“peaceful home”), JInsider offers our Jewish Third Rail Strategy for avoiding treacherous conversation topics during these intergenerational and interdenominational family get-togethers.

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