As a Jewish parent, I tend to feel a bit gleeful in late November. No need to brave lengthy lines. No need to explain to disappointed children why chopping down a tree isn’t an eco-friendly option. Here — at last — is the upside to my childhood envy of Yuletide merriment.
Chanukah – among many things – is a time to count your blessings and celebrate the night away for eight days in a row. Here in New York City, you have a wild number of events to choose from. Take a look at our recommendations for the top 12 events for this holiday season below.
Sadie Hawkins Chanukah Bash
Saturday, December 8 at 8 pm
22 West 39th Street
The #1 question during Hanukkah is: What is the correct way to spell the name of this holiday? As I blogged about last year, "Since it's a Hebrew word that is transliterated into English, there are several acceptable spellings. But people still want to know if there is a consensus."
I’m sure Christopher Hitchens would have no problem with me, an admirer, taking him to task for a shoddy piece he wrote about Chanukah a few years ago in Slate. Hitchens, the eloquent atheist and polemicist, who died last week, at 62, had no problem with criticism.
After an anti-Semitic incident,
a message of hope from Montana.
Special To The Jewish Week
It was a quiet night during Chanukah 1994, in the peaceful town of Billings, Mont., when a brick crashed through 6-year-old Isaac Schnitzer’s window. At that moment, Tammie Schnitzer became an activist.
“I am just a mother,” insisted the woman who refused to accept the hatred that confronted her family, just because they were Jewish.
My list of the Best Jewish Apps of 2010 here at The Jewish Week has generated a lot of attention. The list of thirty-three apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones has been reposted on several blogs around the Web.