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What Happened To My Kosher Secret Santa Chocolate Maccabees?

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 12.23.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Santa has disappeared from your chocolate Maccabee. This Hanukkah, when you peel the gilded foil from a Maccabee treat, you will no longer reveal a secret Santa.

We're Only Human. Or Are We?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 12.29.2016 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

Christmas is not just about the birth of an exceptional man. And it is obviously not about trees and ornaments and stockings and gifts. It's about the re-imagination of humanity.

Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat

Dough Mamma | Posted 12.08.2016 | Taste
Dough Mamma

Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat by Naomi Howland, is a children's Chanukah story about a magical frying pan that produces perfectly crisp latkes when one c...

Heart of the Holidays

Janie Emaus | Posted 11.30.2016 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

The holidays bring out the best and the worst in families. Who among us has not been tortured by an uncle who loves to tell jokes? The same ones, mi...

Why Jews Should Celebrate Thanksgiving 2015!

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 11.26.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

As a Jew, I remind myself that for 4000 years, my ancestors cried and prayed for the extraordinary era in which I live, a day in which the Jewish people enjoy both sovereignty in our homeland and freedom in the Diaspora!

Modern Hanukkah Heroines

Temima G. Shulman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Temima G. Shulman

In honor of Hanukkah 5775, I have created a list of eight heroines who have come to our attention since last Hanukkah, women who dream of an ideal world, but who face the harsh reality before them and create change.

Hanukah: Still Fighting for Freedom After 2000 Years

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

This Hanukah more than ever we must rekindle our collective dreams of a world at peace in which every single human being is able to celebrate and worship as they choose.

11 Ways to Check Your Jewishness on Hanukkah

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Danielle Wolffe

When pressed, I won't deny my Jewish heritage. There are others in the same predicament. I made for us, the confused Jews of America, a Hanukkah checklist.

Hanukah Swastika Gift Wrap Dilemma: What it Teaches About Race

Khanh Ho | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Khanh Ho

So as I see it, if you are trying to get rid of this symbol, you need to recognize that it is not something from the outside that must be extinguished and pushed away. Rather, it is at the heart of our own culture.

The Darker Lessons of Hanukkah

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

Over the decades, then, our merchants continued to cultivate their wealth; to weave a glorious urban fabric studded with shining gems of art, learning; and to ride hard herd on our ever gaunter, more furious, more traditionalist rural communities.

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

John McCormick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.

Hanukkah, Christmas & Black Friday Presence

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

For those who celebrate Chanukah we're already knee high into the gifts. For those who celebrate Christmas though, you fortunately have a few weeks left, indeed, Black Friday (sounds way cooler than it is) has arrived.

Hanukah and Thanksgiving: A Possibly Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

David Kalb | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
David Kalb

Hanukah and Christmas, for example, often get paired, even though they are not religiously linked together. This year, with Hanukah/Thanksgiving, Thanksgivingakah, it's an opportunity to think about how Hanukah and Thanksgiving relate to one another.

Cornucopia of Thanksgivingkah Controversies

Lisa Meritz | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

The mash-up of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving makes a lot more sense than Christmakkah -- Christmas and Hanukkah -- the one we're accustomed to. Both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are about freedom from persecution.

Eight Reasons for Thanks

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

This year, as we give thanks on Thanksgiving, American Jews can keep in mind these eight special reasons for American Jews to give thanks.

Why Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Will Never Again Coincide

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

This month, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will overlap for a joint celebration that will never happen again. Here's why.

The Miraculous Hanukkah-Seed

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

On Hanukkah we wish one another, Hanukkah same'ah! 'Happy Hanukkah!' Because it's a celebration, a remembrance of something good, a time in our mythic past when our ancestors saw miracles . . . and needed them.

Giving in to Thanksgivukkah

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

Maybe, after all, there was a deep inner connection. Certainly, Hanukkah never belonged with Christmas. Perhaps the Messiah has been waiting for just this astrological conjunction.

A Thanksgivukkah Manifesto

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

A once in a century holiday is upon us. The menurkey will soon sit at the table with the pumpkin pie and the latkes. Let us not underestimate this moment for the American Jewish community. Thanksgivukkah is here.

Storytelling at Home for the Holidays

John McCormick | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

We spend too much time on shopping, entertaining, and shuttling around and too little time with the family. If only there was an alternative? Maybe there is. Try storytelling at home with the kids. It's the perfect activity for the holidays.

Is "Hanukkah" the Correct Spelling?

Quora | Posted 02.06.2013 | Home

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matt Harbowy, Data Wrangler The correct spelling is חנוכהThe first letter is ח called...

My Daughter's Reaction to My Childhood 'Princess Phone'

Janie Emaus | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

It wasn't even my own private number, but the one my family shared. It had a long extension cord so I could move around my room, but that was as far as I could go. Nonetheless, it was a symbol of independence. I could talk without anyone listening to my conversations. Or so I thought.

The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

Shawna Dolansky | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Shawna Dolansky

The truth about the Maccabees is a slippery one. National liberators or religious fanatics? Freedom fighters or terrorists? The truth depends on who's telling their story, and for what purpose.

How Kindness Triumphs Over Grief

Monika Mitchell | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
Monika Mitchell

One of the holiest holiday season's of the year is upon us and consumers are out waging their war on Christmas. We are told to shop, shop, shop and ke...

Hannukah Fire (And Ice): Giant Menorah To Be Lit Downtown

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 12.19.2011 | Detroit

The Christmas tree at Campus Martius Park in Detroit will be getting a little company this year: a six-foot-high menorah carved from ice. On Tuesd...