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The National Menorah lighting in Washington, D.C. in 2017. Source: Screenshot.

In wake of anti-Semitic incidents, Hanukkah menorah-lightings evoke Jewish pride

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The North MoPac Expressway runs up Austin’s west side, a busy, eight-lane artery that speaks to the city’s expanding suburbs and the extravagant consumption of space that is uniquely Texan. It’s not a place...
"Sufganiyot" (donuts) made by Israeli chef Maya Darin ahead of the Hanukkah holiday. Photo by Liron Almog/Flash90.

The unofficial guide to celebrating Hanukkah in Israel

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Hanukkah is may people’s favorite Jewish holiday. And quite rightly so, since a main way to celebrate the festival involves eating mountains of deliciously fried foods day after day, as well as gifting rituals...

Eight delicious days: Israel welcomes back tourists for Hanukkah

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Wait a minute, is that a … tour bus? Why, yes it is. Because, after 18 months (but who’s counting?) of a tourism draught, Israelis are noticing the return of international visitors (some actually do...
Latkes. Credit: Pixabay.

Tapas-oriented Hanukkah: Latkes, wings and doughnuts

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Paula Shoyer’s Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook was a near-instant success. It offers 46 kosher-for-Passover recipes that can be used for other holidays as well, from soups and salads to appetizers, sides to main courses and desserts—a...
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The miracle of Hanukkah, in more ways than one

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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is the eight-day celebration commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. We light each menorah candle to remember the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil that...
At-home booklet for use during Sukkot. Credit: Chabad.org/News.

Sukkot guide to help those at home celebrate holiday

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Along with spending time in the sukkah and waving the “Four Species” or “Four Kinds” (etrog, lulav, arava and hadass) a central observance of the holiday of Sukkot is holding festive evening-time celebrations. Known as Simchat Beit Hashoeva, they harken back to the...
Blowing shofar in the Gulf to mark the arrival of the Jewish New Year 5782. Credit: Association of Gulf Jewish Communities.

As Gulf opens to Jewish life, Muslims spark interest in learning about High Holidays

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With Jews around the world set to begin the High Holiday season, the small Jewish communities in six Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are planning...
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (D-5th District) hosted a meeting at the Museum of Tolerance with members of the Los Angeles Police Department, who offered suggestions to Jewish leaders and community members regarding security prior to the High Holidays, Sept. 1, 2021. Credit: ©City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police offer security tips to Jewish leaders ahead of High Holidays

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz hosted a meeting on Sept. 1 at the Museum of Tolerance with presentations by members of the Los Angeles Police Department to Jewish leaders and community members regarding synagogue and...
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Lessening the labor of Labor Day Rosh Hashanah

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I know, I know; it’s summer! Must we think of all the cooking now? With the sun beating down, camp finishing up and vacations still in the works, and long evenings to sit outside...
The biblical Ruth in Boaz's Field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

‘Your people will be my people’: A Shavuot shout-out to Ruth’s ‘daughters’

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“You shall love the convert for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Deuteronomy 10:19 There was a moment some 2,500 years ago when a recently widowed Moabite princess refused to abandon her aging mother-in-law...