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  • Chanukah Feature Humor is in the Greeting Cards to Boost Lagging Chanukah Sales

    This black-hatted rapper, complete with peyes, beard and microphone — can hold his own in the brave new world of Chanukah greeting cards: “Have some fun And spin the dreidel. Grab yourself A zoftek maidel. Don’t you worry About getting chubby. Eat some brisket And kiss your bubbee. Take a latke Two or three. Cause… More ▸

  • Chanukah Feature Some Zaniness and History for Children in Holiday Books

    A mythical bird with vision problems is among the colorful characters in this year’s crop of Chanukah books for children. And here’s the real miracle: Five books each spell the holiday Hanukkah. “Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale,” by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by David Udovic. Delightful holiday mischief reigns in this zany story… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature Air Force Rabbi Finds Brotherhood at a Sukkah in Middle Eastern Desert

    Three long, narrow, white boxes with Hebrew and English writing were lying on the chapel floor. What’s this? I wondered aloud. When I looked closer, I noticed the words “Sukkah” and “U.S. Government” stamped on each package. “A sukkah kit for the Jewish service personnel at our overseas American Air Force base!” I exclaimed. “It’s… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Film Looking at Purim Story Adds to the Faith-based Trend

    ” ‘Christian money makes Jewish film’ — that’s the headline I’d like to see above your article,” Matthew Crouch, producer of “One Night with the King,” suggested in an interview. The film, based on the Book of Esther from the Purim holiday, “brims with adventure, intrigue, romance and wonder,” said Crouch, the son of mega-televangelists… More ▸

  • Hospitality for the Living and Dead: Sukkot Custom Invites Biblical Guests

    ushpizin n. Aramaic (oosh-pee-ZEEN) “Visitors” or “guests.” The ancestors who are invited into the sukkah. Sukkot is a harvest celebration. It’s a blessing to invite families, friends, neighbors and even strangers who do not have a sukkah of their own. Along with the actual guests, religiously observant Jews also welcome seven heavenly guests — the… More ▸

  • Warming, Autumnal Recipes Suit Sukkot, the Harvest Holiday

    Of all the family-oriented holidays on the Jewish calendar, Sukkot, which entails setting up a temporary house, is probably the most homey of all. There’s nothing more inviting than a sukkah, the one-room harvest hut whose interior walls are draped with apples and eggplants, peppers and squash, plus handicrafts and children’s artwork. With the scent… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature a Sukkot Primer: Twelve Ways to Identify the Holiday in Israel

    How do you know it’s Sukkot in Israel? Let’s count the ways. You know it’s Sukkot because: 1. Israeli tourism officials are hoping that the usual Sukkot tourist trade from abroad will continue despite the recent war with Hezbollah, which inconveniently occurred during vacation booking time. Israelis, meanwhile, are making a point of heading North… More ▸

  • High Holiday Feature Environmentalists Celebrate Sukkot with Water Festivities and Jack-o’-lanterns

    During Sukkot, families of Kesher Israel, a modern Orthodox congregation in Washington, will gather for a special celebration. In the synagogue’s sukkah, they will be treated to a tantalizing array of chocolate cakes and candies, accompanied by delicious cups of tap water. “Which are you enjoying more, the sweets or the water?” congregant Evonne Marzouk… More ▸