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  • Shedding light on the chanukiah

    Menorah and chanukiah are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference. Exploring the chanukiah, a word coined just a century ago.

  • The origins of Sukkot hospitality

    On Sukkot, hospitality extends to friends and strangers who do not have a sukkah of their own — and also to biblical characters.

  • Chicken ritual a holiday tradition for some

    The days leading up to Yom Kippur are filled with ceremonies and traditions to cleanse the soul. But perhaps none is as mysterious as the custom of kapparot, in which a chicken is killed and given to the poor.

  • How sweet it is: Honey’s history

    Honey has a long Jewish history, from the Hebrew slaves’ dangerous chore of tending to the pharoah’s bees to honey’s modern prominence in Jewish ritual.

  • The story behind confirmation

    Based on a German Lutheran church practice, Confirmation was adopted in the 1800s by Reform Jews who planned to replace the bar mitzvah with it.

  • Charoset: Ancient, modern and tasty

    Charoset, a wine-apple-nut mixture made for the Passover seder to symbolize an aspect of the Jews’ slavery in Egypt, is an old tradition with many incarnations.