Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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Linda Morel, JE Feature
So, how did fried foods become entwined with Chanukah's culinary history? It all started some 2,100 years ago, when the Greek king of Syria, Antiochus, occupied Israel. During his reign, the Jews and their customs faired poorly. When one of his officers arrived in a town outside of Jerusalem, he demanded that the Jews take part in a Greek ceremony...
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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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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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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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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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