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Hanukah

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 | World
Quora

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...

Finally, The Right Way To Spell The December Jewish Holiday

Paul Golin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Paul Golin

There has long been a war brewing in America over a December religious holiday and no, I don't mean the silly non-issue "War on Christmas." I'm talking about the hubbub over how to spell the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Tracing NYC's Jewish Heritage

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Museums and historic sites, the world's largest menorah, and a trendy new Tribeca restaurant inspired by an old-school Catskills reso...

Our Crazy Kosher Christmas

Ginger Emas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Ginger Emas

Our Blended Family's Hilarious Version of "The Night Before Christmas"

Gluten-Free Potato Latkes

Kay Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Kay Goldstein

This year, I was praying for a modern miracle -- making a good potato latke without using self-rising wheat flour. It was surprisingly easy to go gluten free and still enjoy this family favorite!

Hanukkah in the Age of Wikileaks

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

WikiLeaks shows us that most of modern life is about leading a double identity and being two-faced. But, as the Hanukkah story tells us, the inhabitants of ancient Israel couldn't bring themselves to do that.

Hanukkah: Finding My Inner Light as a Jew

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

I do not subscribe to the Jewish religion, but to be one who is self-hating or denying of authentic parts of me would be to deny real ecology which has to include the diversity, not only outside, but inside of us as well.

Latkes: The World's Best Potatoes

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Meathead

The absolute most perfect use of potatoes is to turn them into potato pancakes, which have crunchy mahogany edges, crispy golden midsections, and tender, rich, meaty interiors. They are hash browns on steroids.

Sell Off The Yarmulkes, Here Comes Chanukah!

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lita Smith-Mines

Anyone who doubts in the unraveling of the middle class is welcome to join my Chanukah celebration this year. Just please bring the latkes, no-drip candles, and some presents for the kids.

Hanukkah Message From President Barack Obama Released, Including Hebrew Translation (TEXT)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President Barack Obama provided the following statement today to coincide with the beginning of Hanukkah: "Michelle and I send our warmest wishes t...