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(JTA) — When Hanukkah comes, it hangs around for more than a week. That means plenty of gifts to give, as well as ample time for procrastinators. For your favorite Person of the Book, you can’t go too wrong with giving, uh, a book. We have eight of them here,...
(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...
The Illini Chabad menorah at the University of Illinois has been vandalized four times over the course of two years. Through the funding, and active participation of the U of I community, the creation of a avant-garde new campus menorah is reaching completion. The wider community’s involvement has become a...
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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
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...
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...
These photos have to get your head spinning!
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...
We should all take our Mitzvos this seriously! Chag Sameach - Succos is coming soon!
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Amid criticism over Facebook allowing advertisers to target users based on anti-Semitic information, Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo on his social network of himself giving his baby daughter a Kiddush cup that he said was a century-old family heirloom. The Jewish Facebook co-founder and CEO posted a photo on...
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...


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