For Julie August, coping with her son Josh’s decision to move halfway around the world and join the Israeli Defense Forces last year was not easy. “It would be hard enough to have him serving while I was there,” said August, who lived in Israel for a time before moving to the Baltimore area. “But… Read More
Traditional though it might be, this year’s Chanukah gift guide is all about, well … Chanukah. We’ve found some of the prettiest, most whimsical Chanukah menorahs, dreidels and Judaica from a variety of Jewish retail establishments about town. Yup! There’s no reason at all to set foot inside a mall. What a relief! Whether you’re… Read More
Rabbi Joshua Ben Levi said, “Women are obligated to light the Hanukah menorah for they took part in the miracle.” (Shabbat 23a) Two heroines emerge from the Hanukah story that often get lost in the heroic tales of the Maccabees. Their names were Judith and Hannah and they also symbolizes the victory of the Jews… Read More
NOTE: This is a project for older children only (or adults, if they are mature enough and don’t whine a lot). You Will Need: Holidays one box of white Chanukah candles several boxes of different-colored Chanukah candles deep throwaway tins wax paper toothpicks (optional) a great deal of patience Begin by melting several different colors of… Read More
For some, this is a very sensitive issue. Latkes must have onions, or they simply are not latkes. For others, the mere thought of onion-laden latkes (when everyone knows latkes are meantto be topped with sugar), is nothing less than bone-chilling. Let’s get cooking.
Instead of going to the store and buying the same, old familiar Chanukah cards to send to friends, here’s a great one to make yourself. You Will Need: family photographs that can be cut scissors crayons, markers or colored pencils access to a photocopy machine (preferably one that makes color copies) Directions: Begin by asking… Read More
Fold napkins in half, then cut in the shape of a dreidel. Instead of exchanging gifts (which, after all, has nothing to do with the holiday), learn about, then donate to a different charity each evening. See who can create the silliest pretend latke using items around the house. Anything is up for grabs: yellow… Read More
Eight Nights Eight Lights: Family Values for Each Night of Chanukah – Olitzky, Kerry Hanukef: Book and Cassette Together: A Child-Parent Kit: Hanukkah A Hanukkiyah for Dina – Cohen, Floreva (In both Hebrew and English) Let’s Sing Chanukah songs – Book and Cassette – Sulkin, Adi Chanukah in Chelm – Adler, David A. It’s Chanukah… Read More
You played it when you were little. Your children played it. Your grandchildren will play it. Your great-grandchildren will play it … Yes, it’s great to have a rousing evening of that familiar nun, hey, gimmel, dalet game. But can’t somebody come up with something a little different? You can.
Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews… Read More