December 25, 2008 |
I've come to believe that God has a twisted sense of humor. A few months ago, the food editor and I were discussing my Hanukkah food column. I (loudly) proclaimed that I wanted to write about so-called "healthy" Hanukkah fare - and what bullhonky that is. "Baked latkes or latkes with Pam spray? Pshaw!" I scoffed. "We're celebrating the miracle of the oil, not the miracle of Pam. " Hanukkah, which began Sunday night and continues through Dec. 28, commemorates the restoration of the temple after the Maccabees defeated the Greek army.
December 6, 1999 |
As he took part in the big menorah-lighting Hanukkah ceremony for the eighth and final time, Mayor Rendell revealed yesterday that his administration almost went up in smoke before it began. To get to the top of the 30-foot-tall menorah on Arch Street, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, rabbis and dignitaries ascend in the bucket of a Peco Energy Co. cherry picker. "The first year," Rendell told those gathered for last evening's ceremonies, "there was a 45-mile-an-hour wind.
December 18, 2008 |
There's a simple rhyme that Jewish children chant on Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, which starts Sunday night and continues through Dec. 28: Yes, latke is Yiddish for potato pancake. But why are latkes a treat on Hanukkah - why not gefilte fish or matzo ball soup? Because Hanukkah commemorates the time when a one-day supply of oil in the Temple lamp lasted for a full eight days. Thereafter, Jews everywhere celebrated by making treats fried in oil, such as doughnuts and latkes.
November 2, 2013 |
Crescentia Motzi's floral adventure began in Hong Kong, her home until 1971, when her family emigrated to the United States. She was 14 then, already fascinated by her mother's ability to grow vegetables and flowers in a metal basket attached to the outside of their apartment. Later, as her American life unfolded - Catholic high school in Newark, N.J., and a brief stint at the University of Rochester, followed by marriage and multiple moves around the country for husband John's pharmaceutical career - Motzi worked as a secretary and administrative assistant, at one point considering a career in nursing.
December 5, 1996 |
The story of Hanukkah, which involves a long-ago war for religious liberty, then a miracle of light, got its seasonal telling for an unusual audience yesterday: 66 students from two Philadelphia public schools. The eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that begins today at sundown, was part of volunteer teacher Sara Goldberg's spiel at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The students were sixth-graders from Julia Masterman and fifth-graders from Robert Lamberton, visiting under a diversity program run by the Peopling of Philadelphia Collaborative.
December 23, 2011 |
A day after a six-foot menorah was reported missing from a Haddonfield park, the third night of Hanukkah was celebrated as scheduled - with the public lighting of an even bigger menorah. "It's painful," Rabbi Mendel Mangel of Chabad Lubavitch of Cherry Hill said of the apparent theft. But "we are going to respond by adding more good to world," he said. The 18-year-old congregation has placed a menorah at Haddon Avenue and Tanner Street every year for nearly a decade. On Thursday, the congregation lit its new, roughly 10-foot aluminum menorah in the park before more than 50 people.
December 20, 1998
God does not die on the day we cease to believe . . . but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of . . . wonder . . . - Dag Hammarskjold, quotation for the seventh day of Hanukkah courtesy of Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer. O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may learn self-restraint. - Koran 2:183, quotation for the first day of Ramadan courtesy of Anas Muhaimin, Ustaath, Quba Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies.
December 13, 2010
RE HOWARD Lurie's op-ed, "A Jewish View of the 'Holiday Season' ": I agree, Christmas isn't for every one. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur aren't for everyone either, but schools and government offices are closed to recognize this holiday. It is shameful for a professor with your level of education to say that the only reason we decorate for Hanukkah is because of Christmas. Jews celebrate their holidays, Muslims have Ramadan and black people celebrate Kwanzaa. Christians have Christmas.
December 6, 2011 |
Grab some eggnog, roast a few chestnuts, don a pair of oversized holiday-colored pasties, and twirl your bazooms. That's the way Flashpoint Theatre Company is celebrating the season (well, OK, not the roasting chestnuts part or the eggnog) with its world premiere of the unfortunately titled Chlamydia for Christmas and Herpes for Hanukkah: More Sex-Ed Burlesque for the Holidays , shooting forth like hormones racing down the stairs on Christmas morning. Chlam , which I'll call it for short, is the brainchild, or some other part, of two of the company's cofounders, Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams, and is directed by a third, Amy Smith.
December 24, 2012
By Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg We're Jewish. Our husbands are Jewish and our kids are Jewish. We've been Jewish for thousands of years. It's not news to us that we don't celebrate Christmas. We've never had a Christmas tree. Never cooked a holiday ham. Never strung the bushes outside our homes with colored lights. But that doesn't mean we don't enjoy yours. We love the trappings of Christmas. We are in the minority - among the 3 percent of Americans who celebrated Hanukkah.