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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, celebrates the victory, in 164 BCE of armed Jewish rebels led by Judah the Maccabee over the army of the Syrian despot Antiochus IV. Against all odds, the courageous, resourceful, and badly outnumbered Jewish freedom fighters, David-like, slew the Syrian Goliath. Since that day, Jews around the world have marked Hanukkah as a “minor” holiday, not an...
Ivanka Trump shared pictures on Instagram of her family celebrating the first night of Hanukkah on Tuesday. Trump — who converted to Judaism in 2009 — uploaded a photo of her and her husband Jared Kushner, along with their three children, posing by a table decorated with menorahs. She also shared photos of her family at the Hanukkah party that was held at...
Donald Trump has released a Chanukah greeting along with a message of solidarity for his "Jewish brothers and sisters". He tweeted out a wish for a "happy and healthy eight nights" along with a formal message on behalf of himself and the First Lady, Melania. He said: "Chanukah is a time for Jewish families around the world to come together around...
“The increasingly cold days and increasingly long nights instil in all of us the desire for light and celebration. The candlelight that burns with increasing brightness day-by-day not only reinforces family and community togetherness, but also proves the retaining power of religion and traditions”, states the letter, which Viktor Orbán sent to President of the Hungary's Autonomous Orthodox Jewish...
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Tuesday night December 12th is the first night of the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah and twelve days later is Christmas Eve. America is supposed to be a “melting pot,” however a sad thing about the end of the year holidays is that most Jews do not understand Christmas…and most Christians don’t get Hanukkah. Since both holidays begin in less than...
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I want to send my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Chanukah in our Jewish communities here in the UK and all around the world. It marks the triumph of freedom over hatred. And it calls on us all – whatever our religion or background – to defend the values and way of life that we share. So as the Menorah...
What happens when you invite an Irish lapsed-Catholic to Hanukkah? They get drunk on kosher wine and try to blow out the menorah. Just me? Doesn’t matter, I’m invited back this year. As a matter of fact, my good friend Jonathan Dobbin (an ad exec pal from New York who schools me on all things Jewish) invites me to his family’s Hanukkah dinner every year,...
You’d be hard pressed to find a Hanukkah entertainer with as unlikely a background as Jane McNally. McNally, 72, will be the one-woman show at the Jack Satter House, the Hebrew SeniorLife independent living residence in Revere where she moved into an ocean-view apartment early this year. She’ll be performing on piano, accordion and Celtic Harp (at 51 inches, “it’s almost...
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...

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