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WASHINGTON - A day after U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the White House on Thursday will host its first Hanukkah reception of Trump tenure in office. The celebratory event will host Trump supporters from the Jewish community, who feel the President has fulfilled a major promise by calling Jerusalem Israel's capital and promising once...
Beginning on the evening of Dec. 12, Jews will celebrate the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, perhaps the best-known and certainly the most visible Jewish holiday. While critics sometimes identify Christmas as promoting the prevalence in America today of what one might refer to as Hanukkah kitsch, this assessment misses the social and theological significance of Hanukkah within Judaism itself. Let’s consider the...
1 In  166 BCE, the guerrilla rebel Maccabees took back the Second Temple from Antiochus’s Seleucid Empire. The Hellenistic empire had taken over the Jewish temple and desecrated it, sacrificing pigs to Greek gods and contaminating the oil used to light the menorah. When the Maccabees reconsecrated the temple, their one-day supply of lamp oil lasted for eight days, allowing time...
Everything I love about the playwright and screenwriter Clifford Odets is found in the opening line of his 1935 play “Awake and Sing!”: “Where’s advancement down the place?” The line is said by Ralph, the thwarted son in a struggling Bronx Jewish family in the heart of the Depression, in that wonderful, weirdly Yiddishesque language Odets created for Broadway and...
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Political theorist Hannah Arendt died on this day in 1975 at age 69. In 1959 she became the first woman appointed to a full professorship at Princeton. Arendt was born in Germany on October 14, 1906, and was arrested by the Gestapo in 1933 for her analyses of Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda. She managed to escape imprisonment and flee to...
For Meskerem Gebreyohannes, all of the Jewish holidays bring doro wat, a luxurious chicken dish she makes with slowly cooked onions and a red chile sauce layered with flavors from the African spice trail. Despite growing up in a Jewish family in Harar, a city in Ethiopia a few hours by car from Somalia, she never celebrated “modern” holidays like...
Yaakov, finally resides in his father’s land, the land of Israel (Canaan). The Torah writes “Vayeshev Yaakov” (“וַיֵּשֶׁב יַעֲקֹב”) to teach us that this place is now going to be blessed. Our Sages say that when a Tzadik leaves a town the glory and the splendor of the town disappear with his departure. On the other hand, when a...
68 Second Avenue At 68 Second Avenue, there is a restaurant in the basement floor underneath the drug store, known as Richman’s restaurant. This place is open a short while and for the past two weeks we have observed that as late as 2, 3, 4 and 4:30 in the morning this place is open. On looking into the basement...
BOSTON (JTA) — Move over, potato latkes. Make room for dosas. The savory fried Indian lentil and rice pancakes take center stage in “Queen of the Dosas,” a gem of a new Hanukkah book by the award-winning children’s writer Pamela Ehrenberg. It’s among eight new Hanukkah books for kids — one for each night of the holiday — sure to...
https://www.youtube.com/embed/qyAirGILyxc רע, וואָס עס איז זיי שווער צו פֿאַרשטיין זײַן ליטווישן ייִדיש. דערצו איז זײַן מוזיקאַלישער סטיל פֿון נעמען די מעלאָדיעס פֿון רוסישע פֿאָלקסלידער און זיי שפּילן אויף אַן אַקאָרדעאָן הײַנט זייער אַלטמאָדיש. פֿון דעסט וועגן, שטערט דאָס נישט זײַן פּאָפּולאַריטעט דאָ אין אַמעריקע. מיט זײַן זאַפֿטיקן ייִדיש און אימאַזשן וואָס שטאַמען סײַ פֿון תּנ׳׳ך, סײַ פֿון דער מאָדערנער ליטעראַטור און...

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