Sunday, September 22, 2019


Chanukah: The Greek Side of the Story*

(This article originally appeared as “On Chanukah, We Met the Enemy, and they Was Us,” 21st December, 2001. * See “Hanukkah Reconsidered” by Louis H. Feldman (The American Mizrachi Woman, Vol. 54, no.3 (6-7), Dec., 1981) for a full discussion.)


“Chanukah is for me a Yahrzeit!

Thus said Professor Louis Feldman,

Ideas for Chanukah In Israel

JERUSALEM -- This year, for the first time in 75 years, the Jewish celebration of Chanuka and secular celebration of Thanksgiving will coincide. While Stephen Colbert has “chad it up to chere with Chanuka,” for the Orthodox Jewish world, this presents a unique opportunity to celebrate a large part of the chag

Buyer Beware

I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say: it is not easy to figure out what to buy people for Chanukah.  Especially since there’s a certain disparity between how you picture things being used when you’re buying them and how they actually get used once you bring them home, even when you buy things for yourself.

The classic example of this is

Ohr Saadya’s Chanukah Extravaganza

The members of Congregation Ohr Saadya got a head start on Chanukah last weekend with a Saturday night Chanukah Extravaganza.

The fun-filled evening began with Chanukah-themed arts and crafts. The children, from babies through teens (and some of their parents too), enjoyed decorating dreidels and menorahs to adorn their homes for the holiday, while

Tofutti: How Sweet It Is

Like most CEOs, David Mintz thinks about his business day and night and goes to great lengths to make sure everything runs on schedule. But unlike most CEOs, Mintz wears a kipah at work, and there is a big mezuzah on the doorpost of his office. And when a guest is introduced, instead of saying a simple hello, he greets with a friendly handshake and a warm

Menorah Mania

The menorah forever commemorates the eight-day stretch of Jewish history during which one day’s worth of oil gave the kohanim of the Jewish Temple eight, blessed days filled with light. But dating back to the first Hanukkah, celebrated by our ancestors in 165 B.C.E., the seven-candle menorah has come a long way.

For the modern

Upset of Upsets! Chanukah: The Football View

Imagine a football game that features a selection of NFL players who form two evenly-matched teams, with the exception of quarterback. One team starts Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman who, through week 11 of the NFL season, had thrown the fewest touchdowns and passed for the second-fewest yards. The other team starts Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning who is

Thanksgivukkah: Five Workplace Lessons from this Calendric Confluence

This year marks the first time since 1888 that Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap. The next occurrence of this confluence will be in the year 79,811! For the astronomically uninitiated, the reason for this is that Chanukah, being a Jewish holiday, is based on a lunar rather than the more commonly used “Gregorian” (solar) calendar. (It should also be noted that

L’Chaim on Chanukah: Fine Wines to Celebrate

Hanuka, Chanukah, Hannukka—is there a “correct” spelling? I guess it depends who you ask. Another question that prompts much debate is what wine to serve with a particular dish. Much like the spelling of Chanukah, there is no one answer. The most important thing is to pick a wine you like…don’t worry about the “rules” for wine pairing. That said,

I’ll Take My Holidays Separately, Thank You.

Thanksgivnukkah is just around the corner. The term which combines the two holidays of Thanksgiving and Chanukah has invaded the lexicon and is seemingly everywhere. In fact, I just did a Google search for Thanksgivnukkah and as soon as I hit the letter u, the term came up. Google informed me that there are about 35,200 results.

So, maybe it’s just

The Celebration of the Double Holiday

As anyone who can read or hear already knows, this year the Jewish calendar overlaps with the secular one, and Chanukah falls out on Thanksgiving. There have been some irksome attempts at creating a compound word out of the two—Thanksnukkah, Thansgivukkah and Changiving (okay, I never actually saw that last one used anywhere, but it is definitely more

Grammy Winner Knocking Out Knockout Games with “Gedenk”

New York—Grammy award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari is denouncing the “Knockout Game” (where one sucker-punches a defenseless victim in the head) and urging young people to engage in tolerance. Ben-Ari is the founder of Gedenk, a not-for-profit organization established in 2006 to promote awareness of how ignorance, bigotry and hatred ultimately result