Holidays

The Hanukkah hammer

The Hanukkah hammer

By Rabbi Marc D. Angel, Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals The Shabbat of Hanukkah was observed among Sephardim of the Ottoman Empire as “Shabbat Halbashah,” the Shabbat of providing clothing for the needy. Traditionally, the rabbi would deliver a sermon that day on the mitzvah of charity and lovingkindness. Beginning the following day, members(…)

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True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, Two issues, both Hanukkah related. Every year we host our family’s Hanukkah party, which is lovely and we are happy to do it. Issue number one: I feel as if most of my family knows nothing about what Hanukkah is really about other than latkes and(…)

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Music hath charms to soothe the December Dilemma

Music hath charms to soothe the December Dilemma

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA World News Service PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — In text accompanying a new exhibition at this city’s National Museum of American Jewish History, Sammy Davis Jr. is quoted on why he converted to Judaism. “I became a Jew because I was ready and willing to understand the plight of a people who fought(…)

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A green Hanukkah: Oil-conservation miracle inspires environmentalism

A green Hanukkah: Oil-conservation miracle inspires environmentalism

By Robert Gluck, JNS.org The miracle of Hanukkah is an epic story of conservation, as one day’s worth of oil lasted for eight days in the Jewish Temple. Now, in some circles, energy conservation and energy independence are increasing hallmarks of modern-day Hanukkah. One of the first organizations to emphasize this concept was the Coalition(…)

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How can you celebrate a green Hanukkah?

How can you celebrate a green Hanukkah?

Here’s how David Krantz, president and chairperson of Aytzim: Ecological Judaism, suggests how you can take on a new environmental commitment for each day of Hanukkah: Change incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent or, better yet, LED bulbs. Commit to wearing sweaters in the winter instead of turning up the heat. Plan a garden for(…)

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Three ways to eat Hanukkah sufganiyot without guilt

Three ways to eat Hanukkah sufganiyot without guilt

By Jamie Geller, JNS.org The average Hanukkah sufganiya (jelly donut) has between 300 and 400 calories of nearly pure oil and fat. In honor of the miracle God bestowed upon the Maccabees, making oil meant for just a day last eight days, the delicious donut and other traditionally oily Hanukkah foods become annual killers for(…)

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Chocolatiers raising the bar when it comes to Hanukkah gelt

Chocolatiers raising the bar when it comes to Hanukkah gelt

By Deborah R. Prinz, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — Sharing their favorite Jewish chocolate experiences recently, a group of about 60 chocolate lovers didn’t even mention Hanukkah gelt. That is, until one woman at the New Jersey get-together shared her thoughts on the subject. “It is sucky,” she said, meaning that the(…)

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The little fried donut with a sweet history

The little fried donut with a sweet history

By Shelley Adatto Baumgarten, Special to the Jewish Sound “What makes a fried donut a birmuelo?” I recall my then 9-year-old daughter asking me at the beginning of the eight-day festival of Hanukkah. A birmuelo, I explained to her, is not simply a donut made from flour, water, yeast, sugar and salt with honey or(…)

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Recipes from our history

Recipes from our history

With 2014 marking our 90th anniversary, we decided to take a look back at our history to help you create your High Holiday menu. What you will find here — and what you can download as an ebook by visiting jewishsound.org/cookbook — is a selection from every single High Holiday recipe published in the Jewish(…)

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