After Uproar, Walmart Pulls Israeli Soldier Costume, Arab Nose

10/27/2015 - 20:00

Walmart pulled an Israeli soldier costume and a “Sheik Fagin” prosthetic nose after facing a backlash from social media.

 Walmart’s Israeli soldier Halloween costume for kids. JTA

At Halloween, Kosher Candy Rings The Bell

10/25/2015 - 20:00

Los Angeles — This Saturday night, after waiting for three stars to become visible in the sky and observing Havdalah, the departing of Shabbat, with candle, wine and spice box, I will prepare to perform another ritual: I will pour gobs of candy into a large bowl to hand out to the sporadic stream of trick-or-treaters who will ring my doorbell.

Creepy Peepers is among a slew of Halloween candies certified kosher. JTA

Ghosts In The Sukkah

10/12/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Welcoming guests is a time-honored Jewish custom; we keep our wedding canopies open on all sides, invite others to share our Sabbath and holiday meals, and even set out a cup of wine for Elijah at our seders. On Sukkot, we extend our hospitality even to the dead, making room for our patriarchs, matriarchs, ancient leaders and kings through the joyful ritual known as ushpizin.

Scene from Jennie Romaine and Shane Baker's "The Haunted Sukke." JH Borts

In Defense of Halloween


It’s Nov. 1, and two buckets piled high with tempting goodies sit on my kitchen counter.

Help! I've Assimilated And I Can't Get Up!

Perhaps at no time more than Halloween am I struck by the huge chasm between Orthodox/traditional Conservative Jews and the rest of us.

Among most of my Jewish family and friends, there has never been even a question of whether or not to join other Americans in dressing up in costume, carving a jack-o-lantern and trick-or-treating. Halloween is a fun holiday and of course we partake.

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