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Volunteers pack cars with winter gifts for children with special needs at LifeTown in New Jersey on Dec. 13-14, 2020. Credit: Friendship Circle New Jersey.

Children with special needs receive Hanukkah winter gifts from Friendship Circle

As her car pulled up to a stop at the door at LifeTown, Sharon Stoch rolled down her window and greeted the teen volunteers, who disappeared back into the building. From the backseat, her son,...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan and Moroccan Ambassador to the United Nations Omar Hilale. Credit: Ido Siman-Tov.

Morocco, Israel mark end of Hanukkah in joint UN event

For the first time, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan hosted his counterparts—the ambassadors of Morocco, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain—in a public event on Thursday evening to mark the final night...
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Artem Okun leads a Jewish educational seminar for young Jews in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Credit: JDC.

A lesson in Hanukkah miracles from post-Soviet Jews

We Jews are no strangers to miracles, but in the great tales of Divine deliverance, the Hanukkah story feels like the runt of the litter. Compared to the parting of the Red Sea or the...
The world-famous Eiffel Tower menorah-lighting took place this year amid the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a last-minute request by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Dec. 14, 2020. Photo by Thierry Guez via Chabad.org/News.

Paris mayor’s request keeps Eiffel Tower menorah tradition alive

In most years, the Eiffel Tower menorah-lighting in Paris is an awe-inspiring event that draws crowds in the thousands and is seen by millions on international broadcasts. But with the city in the midst...
Zach Banner, offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Source: Twitter/Zach Banner.

Steelers ‘mensch’ Zach Banner to donate part of gameday check to Tree of Life

Pittsburgh Steeler Zach Banner announced Monday that he was donating a portion of a game-day check to Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue, the site of the mass shooting in October 2018. “I’m crashing Hanukkah this...
Bob Jacobs and family with Senator Jesse HelmsCourtesy

A tribute to Bob Jacobs

Having just attended U.S. President Donald Trump’s Hanukkah celebration, I decided to pay tribute to Robert (Bob) Jacobs, a man who ranks as one of the top Jewish activists of all time. Without even...
The Cave of the Patriarchs in the city of Hebron, Dec. 4, 2019. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90.

Abbas adviser: Hanukkah menorah at the Cave of the Patriarchs a ‘desecration’

The Palestinian Authority’s highest Islamic authority, Mahmoud al-Habbash, harshly condemned the placing of a Hanukkah menorah at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, calling it a “crime.” According to a report published by Palestinian...
Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch and a delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at a candle-lighting ceremony at the Kotel for the fifth night of Hanukkah, on Dec. 14, 2020. Credit: Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

Bahraini, UAE delegation attends Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at Kotel

A delegation from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain took part in a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on Monday night. Speaking at the event, Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch said,...

Judy Frankel (1943-2008) – Hannukah

Judy Frankel (1943-2008) Hanuka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLl9Is_xCuY Lyrics: Mos viene la fiesta de la hanukía A todos mozos hinche de alegría. La mujer nunca manca de su taría Porqué a ella encombe hanukía. Los Hasmonayim en este luzio día Mostraron sus tan grande baraganía, Y siempre...
A Hanukkah menorah on the last night of the eight-day Jewish holiday, at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, on Dec. 19, 2017. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.

The new Greeks

On Dec. 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview to Michael Doran from the Hudson Institute. As a scholar rather than a reporter, Doran asked questions that related to the ideas that have...