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If you or a loved one have experienced the delicate emotional situation of a family member off the derech, this father's compassionate letter to his daughter will move you. My dearest Suri, As I fasted today, I sat and reflected on what our fast is all about. Why was our beautiful...
(Kveller) I love making latkes. But I loathe grating potatoes and cleaning the food processor and making a starchy mess in the kitchen. And I bet you do, too. For those who want to fry up some latkes but cut out a few steps, I have got such the hack for...
(The Nosher) The time has come for the sacred tradition of frying latkes for Hanukkah. But wait — before you break out your oil and frying pan, make sure you aren’t making any rookie mistakes. But First, Put On An Apron Your clothes may get splattered, so wear something you don’t mind...
Let’s be very careful this Thanksgiving not to get too caught up in the festivities and forget the finer details of the day. One must have a Kzayit of turkey past plag on thanksgiving, but should ideally wait for nightfall. A turkey may be roasted, grilled fried, or cooked in any...
(The Nosher) Babka is nearly a weekly occurrence in my house, and I can think of few things better. But it’s not just me: Babka has really been getting the recognition it deserves all over the country, making appearances everywhere from artisanal bakeries to Jewish delis and even high-end restaurants. My babka recipe...
(Jewish Breaking News) U.S. President Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and other political leaders from around the world, bid all who observe Hanukkah a happy holiday. “Wishing all of those celebrating #Hanukkah around the world a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” the president tweeted Tuesday,...
(The Nosher) You may have grown up with your mom, dad or grandma frying up latkes at the stove. Probably for hours and hours. Frying up donuts may be slightly less common, at least for American Jews where the latke still seems to reign supreme over sufganiyot. But donuts are not super...
Great to see all different types of Jewish tradition celebrated on the chag.
When George Washington announced the first national Thanksgiving in 1789, he called for all Americans to gather in their houses of worship, and to thank God for Independence. A group of Jewish New Yorkers heeded that call and gathered at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue that...
(MyJewishLearning.com) The Hanukkah story began with a confrontation in Modi’in in roughly 168 BCE and ended several years later, when the Maccabees — the band of Jewish fighters who battled the Syrian empire — regained control of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it. The seven major battles of the Maccabean Revolt took...
These photos have to get your head spinning!
BUDAPEST (JTA) — The outdoor ice skating rink — the largest in Central Europe — in Budapest’s city center has been part and parcel of Hungary’s Christmas tradition for nearly 150 years. Stretching across 3.5 acres between Heroes’ Square and Vajdahunyad Castle, the Budapest City Park Ice Rink draws hundreds...
An inside view of the synagogue in Casale Monferrato, Italy, which dates to the 16th century. (Wikimedia Commons) CASALE MONFERRATO, Italy (JTA) – It’s always Hanukkah in this picturesque town in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Jews have lived in Casale Monferrato for more than 500 years, with the community reaching its peak of...
President Donald Trump said he was “proud to stand with the Jewish people” on Hanukkah. “Melania and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” Trump said in a message Tuesday evening,...
Paper Flowers are PERFECT for part of your Shavuos decor. First, take your paper and fold it in half, width-wise, and cut. I have made the template so that the large petal will fit into this half-sheet, and that the smallest petal will fit into a quarter-sheet. you will use 6...


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