Holiday commercialization great for all
By Jake Baum
For the Mitzpeh
Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, after people finish their Black Friday shopping, the snowflakes, string lights and Christmas trees immediately go up. “Jingle Bells” starts blaring in every grocery store, shopping mall and public venue you can imagine. The most powerful forces of ...
Christmas, Hanukkah overlap allows for unique holiday perspective
By Jacqueline Hyman
A few years ago, Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday, overlapped with Thanksgiving. It was an interesting experience, having latkes along with a big turkey and stuffing. But this year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve, and the last night is on New Year’s Day.
Usually, Hanukkah ...
Hillel’s Winter Fest successful despite late Hanukkah this year
By Jack Wisniewski
Even though Hanukkah does not start for another two-and-a-half weeks, students found time to celebrate the Festival of Lights together before the end of the semester.
Students played holiday games among a DJ light show while indulging in latkes, donuts, ice cream, and hot chocolate at ...
From the Archives: Illumination and Dedication (Dec. 1989)
By Rabbi Laurence Glestein
One of the most widely celebrated holidays on the Jewish calendar is the festival of Chanukah, which will be observed this year from the evening of December 22 until sundown December 30. What is the meaning of this festival?
On a simple level Chanukah commemorates the ancient military victory of the Jewish Hasmon...
Sufganiyot traditions: Students can decorate doughnuts at Terpim’s Dec. 10 event
By Senaya Savir
Nutrition students beware: Hanukkah is coming up and with it the Jewish tradition of eating greasy foods. The custom to eat foods like potato latkes and sufganiyot, jelly doughnuts, is to honor the miracle of the menorah oil burning for eight days instead of the one day the Maccabees expected it to last.
While the ...