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Hanukkah Tradition

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.

What Does Hanukkah Mean to my Autistic Son?

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

This year, "eight days" has personal resonance. During the ordeal of hurricane Sandy six weeks ago, we lost power for eight days. It was inky black beyond the fire's glow. I finally understood, on a visceral level, why for millennia, people stared down darkness with celebrations of light.

How To Help Your Jewish Kids Get Through Christmas

Melissa Chapman | Posted 02.07.2013 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I am a member of the tribe -- a.k.a. a Jew. Which means that while December is afloat in all things jingle bell and merry ho ho's, my kids and I are not able to revel in all its glory without feeling guilty that we're forfeiting our religion for another, if only for a month.

Hanukkah! Lights, Latkes and Kosher Hot Dogs!

Karin Lippert | Posted 12.06.2012 | Fifty
Karin Lippert

Hanukkah celebrations are changing for many of us. Today, they may include a visit with grandkids via Skype and photos of them sent from cell phones. We're lighting virtual menorahs and watching Hanukkah videos on YouTube and singing along with Adam Sandler.