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MA Republican official says caught COVID-19 at White House Hanukkah party

The vice chair of Massachusetts’ Republican Party — and of its Republican Jewish group — says he’s pretty sure he contracted COVID-19 at the White House Hanukkah party. Tom Mountain, who has been hospitalized twice in recent weeks, told the Boston Globe on Saturday he regrets attending the Dec. 9 event, over the objections of […]

Republican official says he caught COVID-19 at White House Hanukkah party

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Buying Hanukkah candles in Ramallah

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The arrival of the Bnei Menashe is a Hanukkah miracle

After a long and tiring flight throughout the night, the band of new immigrants emerged from the El Al plane and made their way slowly down the stairs, their senses heightened by the early-morning chill as well as the knowledge that their cherished dream was coming true. As they reached the tarmac, setting foot on […]

Warsaw mayor, Chabad light giant Hanukkah menorah amid COVID-19

Jews in the Polish capital Warsaw still celebrated the holiday of Hanukkah in public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski and director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Poland Rabbi Sholom Ber Stambler lit a giant menorah in front of the city’s Palace of Culture on Friday, a building that was a gift to Poland from Soviet […]

Growing up in Iran made parenting through Hanukkah hard in the US

I have zero recollection of having celebrated Hanukkah as a kid in Iran. I don’t recollect it because it didn’t happen.  “We lit the menorah,” my mom says, almost in self defense. “We didn’t throw parties or exchange gifts, but we celebrated.”  My mom has a very loose definition of what celebrating means. (Her favorite […]

French Jewish Family Attacked While Singing Hanukkah Songs

A Jewish family in Aubervilliers, France was attacked on December 17 while they were singing Hanukkah songs inside their car. The Algemeiner reported that four people shouted “F— the Jews!” at the family and then proceeded to shake “the car violently while smashing glass bottles against the body of the vehicle.” The Algemeiner also cited […]

From Dubai to hospitals: Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah

What would Hanukkah be without parties? That’s the question Jews around the world faced this winter, with the coronavirus pandemic making gatherings of any size unsafe. But as with the other holidays that have taken place since the pandemic began in March, the celebrations adapted to meet the moment. Here’s what that looked like. 1. […]

Hanukkah miracles can still happen, no matter the place or year

 Heavy snow fell on New Jersey this week, just as it did 14 years ago as I prepared to return to Israel. After a two-week speaking tour in 2006, I was anxious to get home and join my family for the final days of Hanukkah. But as always, I first stopped to visit my parents, […]

Menorah at Dartmouth shot with pellets, in latest Hanukkah attack

A public menorah at Dartmouth College was shot with a pellet gun, in the latest antisemitic incident during the holiday of Hanukkah. Rabbi Moshe Gray, who runs the campus Chabad center with his wife Chani, said he discovered the vandalism on Wednesday evening, as he prepared to turn on the menorah’s electric lights for the […]

Chabad holds annual Eiffel Tower Hanukkah celebration with mayor’s help

The iconic and world-famous menorah-lighting ceremony in Paris’s Eiffel Tower was all set to be canceled this Hanukkah – until the timely intervention of the city’s mayor.The Hanukkah holiday is typically marked by big, public celebrations, in keeping with the holiday’s spirit of being publicized. But due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it seemed unlikely […]

Rival Hungarian Jewish leaders celebrate Hanukkah jointly to promote unity

Leaders of rival Jewish groups in Hungary attended a Hanukah candle-lighting ceremony together in a bid to demonstrate unity and deescalate the conflict dividing them. Tamas Mester, who heads the Budapest Jewish Community, came to the city’s Zsilip synagogue on Tuesday. Mester’s organization is the largest member of the Mazsihisz federation of Jewish communities, which […]

Temple Ramat Zion Hanukkah ‘Car-nival’ Gets Turnout of 200 People

Around 200 people in 80 cars gathered at Temple Ramat Zion’s parking lot in Northridge, Calif. to celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah on Dec. 15. The festival of lights “Car-nival” was the first major community gathering the temple has had since March. Temple Ramat Zion Rabbi Ahud Sela told the Journal in an email […]

Hanukkah “Maccabees” Story Reenacted at Drive-Thru

Wielding a hammer and shield, Judah the Maccabee resisted an order from the arrogant, fart-breathing, broccoli-loving King Antiochus that the Jews cease all religious practices. The choreographed fight scene that followed between the protagonist and antagonist of the Festival of Lights unfolded not in the land of Judea, or even inside a conventional theater, but […]

Hanukkah shows and movies for kids that are worthy the tough search

 “Arthur’s Perfect Christmas,” the 2000 TV movie, begins with Arthur sitting at the piano in his jammies singing about how this Christmas is going to be magical — the best one yet. It’s clear what holiday is center stage in Arthur’s world. But it’s the B plot about the show’s Jewish character Francine that speaks […]

Old memo shows Tony Blinken knows to when to ignore Hanukkah joke advice

WASHINGTON — A decades-old memo unveiled by the National Archives on Tuesday shows that Tony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, knows when Hanukkah humor is good, and when it’s as undercooked as a raw latke. The Archives is posting documents relating to the celebration of Hanukkah every day of the holiday […]

Chabad in Warsaw, Poland, holds public Hanukkah celebration amid COVID-19

Despite restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jews in the Polish capital Warsaw still celebrated the holiday of Hanukkah in public. The ceremony was held by the local Chabad, and saw a massive Hanukkah menorah (hanukkiah) lit in front of the Palace of Culture, a building that was a gift to Poland […]

Chinese Jews celebrate Hanukkah in secret amid gov’t crackdowns – report

While Jewish communities worldwide are celebrating Hanukkah, the small community in China must do so in secret as Beijing works to crack down on foreign influences and unapproved religions in the country, The Telegraph reported. The community in China is very miniscule, consisting of around 1,000 people of which experts say only 100 are actually […]

Hanukkah for Palestinians

As I write this blog post, we’re halfway through Hanukkah and the darkness remains. The major cause for all the gloom is Covid-19 and the havoc it’s caused around the world. As ever, the most vulnerable and least secure have been hit the hardest by the crisis. That’s certainly the case for Palestinians living on […]

Jewish orgs spread the light of Hanukkah amid COVID-19 gloom

Hanukkah is now in full swing, and Jewish organizations around the world and in Israel are doing their utmost to expel the gloom and despondency caused by the COVID-19 crisis with a little holiday light.As ever, Chabad is one of the most active groups seeking to illuminate these subdued times. It is staging a series […]

Rosner’s Torah Talk for Hanukkah with Etienne Kerber

Our guest for Hanukkah is Etienne Kerber, from the Leo beck college in London. On Chanukah we celebrate the re–dedication of the Temple by the Maccabees. This is the Temple that had been defiled by the Greeks. The Chanukah Torah reading discusses the dedication of the desert Tabernacle.The leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel each bring their […]

I knew Hanukkah was about defeating the Greeks. Then I moved to Athens.

JTA — When my wife and I arrived in this capital city on Sept. 1 to serve as rabbinical emissaries to the Jewish community, I have to admit I was very excited about what the prospect of spending Hanukkah in Greece might be like. With nearly 90% of the Jewish Greek population wiped out during […]

A Bisl Hanukkah

Please enjoy this special Hanukkah message. Have a healthy and joyous Hanukkah season. Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom! [embedded content] Rabbi Nicole Guzik is a rabbi at Sinai Temple. She can be reached at her Facebook page at Rabbi Nicole Guzik. You’ll love our roundtable. Source 00

I Have Questions About the NYT’s “Saying Goodbye to Hanukkah.”

I have questions about the New York Times’ parenting article, “Saying Goodbye to Hanukkah,” published on December 4, 2020. The piece was written by children’s book author Sarah Prager, a self-described non-Jewish woman whose Jewish father and Catholic mother raised her Unitarian. Throughout her life, she has never observed any Jewish holidays. She recounts how […]

The Marriage of Hanukkah and Shabbat Brings a Special Light

Once a year, we do a double, magical lighting. The candles of Shabbat meet the candles of Hanukkah. In a year when we’ve seen so much darkness, this marriage of lights holds a special significance. The Shabbat candles are inward; they represent the warmth and holiness of the home. They remind us to bring the […]

Hanukkah Entertainment: Celebrate Virtually with Movies, Music and Other Events

In this pandemic year, staying safe and apart from loved ones makes for a less festive Festival of Lights, but if you have an internet connection, there are fun ways to celebrate Hanukkah virtually. The Jewish and Israeli streaming service ChaiFlicks is hosting its first Hanukkah Film Festival, offering its subscribers eight days of specially […]

Hanukkah Is About ‘Bringing Light Where There Has Been Darkness,’ VP-Elect Harris Says While Lighting Menorah

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris lighting a menorah, on the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 10, 2020. Photo: Screenshot. US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her Jewish husband, Doug Emhoff, celebrated the first night of Hanukkah on Thursday with a video in which they talked about their love for the holiday and lit a menorah. […]

Elizabeth Taylor’s Personal Menorahs Being Displayed for Hanukkah Before Auction

The late Elizabeth Taylor. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Two menorahs owned by the late fashion icon and actress Elizabeth Taylor will be on display for Hanukkah at a gallery in New York and then auctioned in January. The menorahs will be showcased at the J Greenstein Gallery in New York throughout the holiday season along with […]

How Two Rabbis From Cincinnati Stole Christmas Traditions To Invent Hanukkah As A Competing Jewish Holiday

Two Cincinnati rabbis — who felt that Jews in America needed a holiday of their own to compete with Christmas — are responsible for contriving and popularizing Hanukkah in America, according to Dianne Ashton, a professor of religion studies at Rowan University: In an editorial published by the independent media website, The Conversation, Ashton explains […]

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