December 31, 1986 |
Some of the fondest Christmas memories around our house are Jewish. For over 25 years, a Star of David and small brass replica of a menorah have hung among the ornaments on our Christmas tree. And for all of those years, save only a few when fate deemed otherwise, we have shared a part of our Christmas with very special friends who are Jewish, and they have shared a part of their Hanukkah with us. Hanukkah is an eight-day observation commemorating the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem.
December 26, 2011 |
'Twas the night before Christmas, but plenty was stirring, especially at Matisyahu's sold-out gig at the Theatre of Living Arts. There were other alternative Christmas Eve events around town showcasing Jewish culture, but nothing like this two-hour concert- cum -Hanukkah celebration, complete with a giant mirror-dreidel overhead and outsized menorah onstage. The popular Brooklyn-based Jewish reggae artist dispensed various holiday greetings, welcoming all to his sixth annual Festival of Light mini-tour: "And if you're an atheist, happy Saturday night.
December 21, 2008 |
As a little boy in Czechoslovakia, Emil Paul got pennies - gelt - for Hanukkah. Growing up in Romania, Lili Goldener got gifts of sleds and scarves and coats each day of the holiday. And for her "crime" of being Jewish, the Nazis sent Goldener to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. They sent Paul to the Mauthausen labor camp in Austria. Their parents and 10 of their 18 siblings perished in Nazi camps. But Emil and Lili survived, and with them their faith traditions endure.
December 17, 2014 |
Whether the miracle of the first Hanukkah is fact or legend - oil enough for just one day is said to have burned in the Temple lamps for eight - not all Jews agree. But devoutly orthodox Rabbi Abraham Shemtov believes in miracles, and why not? Forty years ago he witnessed a kind of Hanukkah miracle, right on Independence Mall. Better yet, he helped create it, and has watched it spread around the world. On Dec. 14, 1974, Shemtov and four other men of the Lubavitcher sect of Hasidic Judaism gathered on Independence Mall to light what is thought to be the first menorah, or Hanukkah candelabrum, ever illuminated on public property in the world.
December 9, 2001 |
This year, it will be different. This year, Hanukkah, which begins at sundown today will get some respect. "After seeing towers bursting into flames and cars burning in Jerusalem, I can't imagine how Hanukkah couldn't be different," said Brad Hirschfield, vice president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York. For Jews, Hanukkah has always been a second-tier holiday. Even though it's laden with family merriment and latkes and gifts, it's not held in the same esteem as the Big Three: Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Passover.
November 29, 2002 |
Yes. That is indeed a giant menorah strapped to the top of an old station wagon in front of the Acme on City Avenue. It belongs to the black-hatted Rabbi Mordechai Dovid Feldman, 54, supervisor of the supermarket's growing kosher section. The menorah began as a fun display of Jewish pride but took on a more sober meaning after the fatal terrorist attacks on Israelis in Kenya and Israel yesterday - the eve of Hanukkah, which starts tonight. "I want to show other people that there is light.
December 19, 1995 |
A single-parent family Hanukkah celebration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JCC Kaiserman, 45 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood. The cost is $3 for nonmembers, $2 for members. CHRISTMAS Chester East Side Ministries, Ninth and Potter Streets, will present a live Nativity scene from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a Christmas dinner, from 4 to 7 p.m. A live Nativity will also be on display from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at C.C. Hancock Memorial United Methodist Church, 542 Wesley Rd., Springfield.
November 22, 2013 |
In modern America, Hanukkah generally overlaps with the Christmas season of gifts and parties. But this year, when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day, it bears reflecting on the commonalities of those two holidays: Indeed, both are based on a quest for freedom and both include food traditions to recall days long ago. The food traditions of Hanukkah center on oil, commemorating the story of one day's supply of oil burning for...
December 19, 1995 |
Arika Feinberg's 6-year-old brother once told her it was a law that you had to eat jelly doughnuts on Hanukkah. Unfortunately, Arika, who is 8, now knows it's not true. But there were plenty of doughnuts and goodies at the annual Hanukkah at McCaffrey's Celebration last night. About 60 people came for the festivities, held in the Yardley-Makefield Firehouse because of inclement weather. "From my daddy and my mommy I got baby toys and my brother got me a keychain," Arika said as she munched chocolate cupcakes.
December 5, 1996 |
In the midst of the frenzied shopping season, two Jewish groups will be taking to the malls over the next few days to remind people of their December holiday. For the second consecutive year, Lubavitch of Montgomery County and the Bux-Mont Jewish Appeal/Jewish Community Center will be celebrating Hanukkah at three area shopping malls - Montgomery, Plymouth Meeting and King of Prussia. In addition to lighting giant menorahs, they will be serving latkes (potato pancakes), putting on puppet shows, and teaching how to press oil from olives.