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A Virtual Family Hanukkah Celebration
This year, I had an incredible Hanukkah experience with my family even though we live nowhere near each other. It all started with the realization that it’s possible to have multiple people on video chat. This sparked an idea to get the extended family together for the holiday.
Menorahs, Doughnuts, and Friends: A Hanukkah Shabbat
I remember my first Hanukkah at my temple with my family.
Hanukkah & Christmas: Can We Celebrate Both?
For parents of different faiths, December often brings holiday challenges. For divorced parents with joint custody, these challenges can be amplified.
Even During Winter Break, Every Day Is Jewish
It’s school vacation, the end of the calendar year, and for many it is family vacation time. Why write a blog entry during school vacation?
"A Kosher Christmas" - Yes, Really!
There's a new Christmukkah book in town, and this one's getting big play in the secular world as well as the Jewish one. The New York Times recently reviewed author Joshua Eli Plaut's A Kosher Christmas, about Jewish traditions on Christmas and how Hanukkah became known to some as "the Jewish Christmas."
The Wonders of Klal Yisrael, Jewish Peoplehood
“We kindle these lights to commemorate the miracles and the wonders”
הנרות הללו אנו מדליקין על הניסים והנפלאות
Creating an Interfaith Extended Family: How to Be A Good In-Law
When I lead Jewish grandparenting discussion groups, the topic of creating an extended interfaith family often arises.
A Cappella, Gangnam Style, & More: A Hanukkah Video Round-Up
If there's one thing Jews love, it's Jewish twists on pop culture trends - and holidays are the perfect time for them! We've rounded up a few of our favorite Hanukkah videos from across the web for your Festival of Lights listening pleasure. What are your favorites?
Rise up Maccabean Style for Rights of the Disabled
The sages of the Talmud had a debate about how we are to light the Chanukah menorah: Should we begin with eight candles and remove one each night, or begin with one and add through the holiday?