Friday, July 1, 2016 Sivan 25, 5776
With the economic news so dour, folks rethink the holiday
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Over the past few years, Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt's holiday trip to New York City has become a family tradition. Around Chanukah time, the Philadelphia couple has enjoyed a few nights in the Big Apple with their two sons, now 16 and 21. That means a hotel room for three or four nights, Broadway shows, meals out and souvenirs...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
This was one for the record books -- the record book, actually, as Cherry Hill, N.J., shul Temple Sinai fought to reclaim its bragging rights from the University of Maryland. The coveted title? The Guinness World Record for most dreidels spun. The shul claimed the title in 2005 with 541 dreidels (the certificate is framed near the building's entrance) and...
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Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
"Chanukah, O Chanukah, come light the menorah," go the familiar words sung for generations at the holiday -- which begins this year on Dec. 21 at sundown -- commemorating the Jewish struggle for religious freedom and national survival. But did previous well-wishers envision that their descendants would light a Shrek menorah, a Disney menorah, a singing Maccabees menorah -- all...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
When I was a little girl in Yiddish school, we read a touching Chanukah story by Aaron Maggid. It concerned the plight of European refugees who were trying to make their way to the Jewish homeland right after the Shoah. The story is set in a small fishing village in Eretz Yisrael. Little Miriam and her friends hear about the...
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When it comes to holiday decor, just what's kosher?
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It's been more than 18 years since the U.S. Supreme Court last examined whether or not decking out government property with Christmas and Chanukah symbols violates the notion of separation of church and state. The 1989 decision in County of Allegheny v. ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh wandered into the murky waters of determining what exactly constitutes a religious symbol. The...
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