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A Shiksa's Guide to Understanding Hanukkah

Sarah Sweeney | Posted 02.15.2015 | Comedy
Sarah Sweeney

Maybe Adam Sandler taught you everything you need to know about Hanukkah, but if you're curious beyond the marijuanakkah and gin & tonikkah then read on, my friend.

Thanksgivukkah was Instagrams's Busiest Day in 2013

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The intersection of religion and social media came to a beautiful crescendo this year with the double holiday of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Instag...

The Power of this Moment: Lighting the Menorah

Rabbi Daniel Klein | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Klein

One of the key lessons of the Hanukkah story is that if we are to create an enduring future, we must have the wherewithal to fashion sacred moments here and now that uplift our spirits and have the potential of becoming touchstones.

The Car Menorah

Sara Esther Crispe | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Sara Esther Crispe

You see, for the past few years during Chanukah we have strapped a large menorah to the top of our van. Depending on where you live, you may have seen this. But for the general public of Philadelphia, this definitely draws attention.

Biblical Depth vs. Artistic Freedom: A Scary Menorah

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Greenstein

I don't know what the artist had in mind when crafting this piece by hand. I don't think that anyone will ever know.

Happy Holidays -- Which Ones?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It may be politically correct to say "Happy Holidays," but it is historically, culturally, and religiously incorrect!

What's in a Shape?

Edward Jacobs | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Edward Jacobs

Chanukah, known as the Festival of Lights, uses a hybridized version of the original menorah -- eight cups instead of seven, to hearken back to the original as well as to commemorate the great miracle of the single cruise of oil lasting for eight days.

In Jamaica, Hanukkah Means Freedom

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

As Jamaican Jews, we have been enormously appreciative of the religious freedom that we have been granted on this glorious tropical island.

Celebrate Thanksgivukkah With A Menurkey

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Small Business

By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK, Nov 25 (Reuters) - From gingerbread kits for Chanukah Houses to menorahs shaped like turkeys, retailers a...

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.

Hanukkah & Earth: The Sacred Green Menorah

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On Shabbat Hanukkah (this year, Nov. 29-30), we read an extraordinary passage from the Prophet Zechariah. Speaking during the Babylonian Captivity, he envisions the future Great Menorah, taking its sacred place in a rebuilt Holy Temple.

Hannukah and the Search for Miracles

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

At first glance, this Talmudic debate smacks of petty irrelevance. Is this what a religious life really demands? Why should which side I place the hannukiah, and how close it may or may not be to the door, matter at all?

Kitsch Judaism

Rabbi Denise Eger | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Denise Eger

Where is the room for a thoughtful, meaningful, joyful Judaism that has respect and honor for our traditions even as they are evolving?

Sports, Hanukkah and Greek Culture

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

The Miami Heat hosted a Jewish heritage night at the basketball team's Dec. 12 game at American Airlines Arena, with tens of thousands in attendance. How odd, I thought, to celebrate Hanukkah in a sports arena, given that the concept of sports is emblematic of Greek culture.

Menorahs Through the Ages

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 02.11.2013 | Arts
Jonathan Greenstein

This Hanukkah, when Jews light their menorahs, we should remember that the item we are lighting holds a large cultural and historical significance. It symbolizes not only the miracle of the lasting oil, but also the miracle of the surviving Jewish people.

Light Up The Night: Hanukkah Wisdom And 8 Organizations That Shine Light In The Darkness

Eitan Press | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

We are living in times of darkness, where change seems impossible. But there are small groups of people who are working to make a difference.

Servant To The Light: The Ninth Candle

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Laura Berman Fortgang

As the attendant to the light, the Shamash is responsible for lighting all the others. So too, each of us is a light. We have the choice as to whether we live from that lit-up place or ignore our light.

Happy Hanukkah!

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.09.2012 | HuffPost Home

It’s time to celebrate!

PHOTOS: 18 Awesome Menorahs, But Are They Kosher?

Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

When our friends at BuzzFeed published this collection of awesome and unexpected menorahs for Hanukkah, we kvelled (reacted with joy for the non-Yiddi...

For The Separation Of Menorah And State

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Taking a symbol like the menorah, which represents that struggle of adhering to faith in the face of an oppressive Greek culture that believed everything should be secular and rational, and redefining it as having secular connotations contradicts what the menorah represents.

Why I'm Not Telling My Daughters The Story Of Hanukkah

Carla Naumburg | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Carla Naumburg

We will be celebrating Hanukkah once again this year, lighting candles, eating latkes, opening presents and spinning dreidels. We'll sing Hanukkah songs. We'll talk about the holiday a lot, but I'm not going to tell my girls the story of Judah the Maccabee. Not yet.

Hanukkah Light: Looking Out and In During the Holiday Season

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Nature has parked itself on small sections of our city's corner. Soon, the trees will be gone, my son observes, sold to homes where they will decorate living rooms and be adorned with bows, ornaments, trinkets and gifts. His living room will be empty of such wonder.

Germany's First Lights

Chava Tombosky | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

Every year I spend one night of Hanukkah with my grandmother, who is 89 years old. And every year it seems that I manage to leave this poor woman in tears.

How Do You Celebrate Hanukkah? Send Us Your Photos

Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated Dec. 20-28. Send your photos of menorah lighting, latke frying and dreidel spinning to religion...

National Menorah To Be For 1st Night Of Hanukkah

AP | Posted 12.20.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A special lighting ceremony is planned for the National Hanukkah Menorah near the White House on the first night of the eight-day Jewish...