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Eight Nights of Hanukkah for the Single Ladies

Melanie Notkin | Posted 01.08.2017 | Home
Melanie Notkin

When you're single, no kids, lighting the Hanukkah menorah at home alone can be a bummer, especially if you hoped that by the time this Hanukkah had r...

What Happened To My Kosher Secret Santa Chocolate Maccabees?

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
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.

Meatless Monday: Some Kind of Miracle

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.14.2016 | Home
Ellen Kanner

Barley's heartier than rice, but just as versatile and its texture gives it a certain stylishness. Russians traditionally serve mushroom barley soup at Hanukkah. It also makes a rich risotto, works as a pilaf with your favorite vegetables or as a grainy main course.

Warren's Week in Twitter Polls

Warren Holstein | Posted 12.10.2016 | Home
Warren Holstein

Week of 12/7/15 to 12/13/15 Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them each week by boldy engagi...

"The Shopping Maccabees: A Chanukah Miracle"

Devra Maza | Posted 03.04.2015 | Home
Devra Maza

Chanukah had started, the menorah was lit The family had sung, now they'd give gifts and sit

The Holiday Party Scene: How to Dazzle Your Friends With 8 Lesser-Known Hanukkah Facts

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 02.15.2015 | Home
Rabbi Laura Baum

'Tis the season! If you're like me, you have cocktail parties ahead. This means you need some fun facts up your sleeve so you can be the life of the party. At the very least, it's better than trying to win the ugly Christmas sweater contest!

Did You Know Cleopatra Is in the Bible?

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Angela Jamene

Before I write anything I always open my bible. If you aren't like-minded this may sound bonkers: Everything in there is give or take 2,000 years old, but this is the meaning of 'The Living Word.' It can and will speak to you.

5 Lessons Of Hanukkah To Unwrap

Ellen Frankel | Posted 02.09.2013 | Home
Ellen Frankel

Too often, the holidays have become commercialized and the season can feel pressured with shopping and rushing and planning. Taking a step back can offer the opportunity to connect with the wisdom of tradition and to rekindle the spirit of today and the hope of tomorrow.

WATCH: Making Your Hanukkah Lights Count

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 02.06.2013 | Home
Rabbi Ted Falcon

Light illuminates worlds. The Hanukkah candles are meant to illuminate that which we would wish to celebrate as real in our world.

The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

Shawna Dolansky | Posted 02.22.2012 | Home
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.

Hanukkah And How War Should Be Celebrated

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.19.2012 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

For Jews, practicing our religion has never been as straightforward. Throughout history we have had to fight and die simply to observe our faith. Hanukkah represents a triumphant moment.

Ghost Stories: Israel's Past Comes to Life

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

"I'm having a love affair," our cousin Motti confides, "with ghosts." It's a pitch-black night but artificial light glows on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City just beyond us.

The Spiritual Messages Of Hanukkah And Christmas ... And Their Downsides

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Christmas and Hanukkah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.

Meatless Monday: Some Kind of Miracle

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ellen Kanner

There's no going back in time to an all-agrarian world. But returning to growing more sustainable food, like barley, wouldn't hurt.

The Miracle(s) Of Hanukkah

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Laura Geller

What is the real miracle of Hanukkah? It is the miracle of human courage that empowers us to take risks for the future even in our imperfect, uncertain world. It is the courage, even in the darkest of times, to create our own light.

Under Stimulated: Building Trains and Other Stuff We Need Rather Than What Wall Street Dictates

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I'm making real investment in fast trains that run where people live and want to go my wish for the New Year.

Judah the Maccabee's Five Lessons for Barack Obama

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Aaron Zelinsky

From the story of Chanukah, we see how not to fight a guerrilla insurgency. From the Maccabees, we learn how to rally a people and a nation. Here are Chanukah's five geopolitical lessons.

Responding to Hitchens on Chanukah

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The story of Chanukah is a story of resilience and courage. Unfortunately for some, it is also a story of rejecting Western values. This is why that belief is not correct.

Hanukkah: How to Celebrate (And Clean Up After) the Festival of Lights

Michael DeJong | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Michael DeJong

Yes, Hanukkah candles drip. There are always distractions from every family ritual, but try to "be in the moment." Don't slip into "freak-out" mode just because something isn't going as planned.

The Spirit of Chanukah

Eric Lurio | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Eric Lurio

I guess it was inevitable that Chanukah would become "Christmas Lite," and did so years ago. For much of the last century, Chanukah is a festival that exists out of envy, like Kwanzaa.