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  • Why twelve days of Christmas?
    Why twelve days of Christmas?
    Is it all about more gifts?That's what the song has us believing - and if we are to believe the song, the poor recipient of a "true love's" bounty would need to own a large plot of land and a pavilion as well. And - is this gift...
  • Jews VS Greeks
    JEW vs. GREEK
    JEW vs. GREEKEach Chanukah Jews light candles. Why? In this era of incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, LED, infra-red, and HID, why do we still use archaic technology?Over two thousand years ago the battle between Jews and Greeks culminated in the...
  • Hanukkah Nail Art Tutorial
    Hanukkah nail art tutorial: Sparkly Star of David nails
    Happy Hanukkah! Celebrate the festival of lights with sparkly Star of David nails. Hanukkah might have started two nights ago, but it isn’t too late for this Hanukah nail art tutorial from Seriously Nails for sensational, celebratory nail...
  • Healthy Hanukkah
    Healthier Hanukkah
    Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the victory of Maccabees (led by Judah) over the Syrians.Hanukkah is a time of joy and family celebration, fun and traditional foods.Following the victory, the Jews...
  • Hanukkah Candles
    Lighten up that fried food, but still enjoy the flavor and the fun of Hannukah
    Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown today, December 16, 2014, and continues for the next eight days. On the Jewish calendar, it's the 25th of Kislev, but it can occur from late November to late December on the modern...
  • Eight new nonfiction gift books for Hanukkah's eight nights Dec. 16-24
    Eight new nonfiction gift books for Hanukkah's eight nights Dec. 16-24
    Here's my selection of eight new nonfiction books for the eight days of Hanukkah (Chanukah), the Jewish Festival of Lights, beginning tomorrow at sundown through Dec. 24.These are only eight of this year's numerous illuminating books by...
  • Homemade Rugalach
    Chocolate rugelach is a delicious sweet pastry disguised as a cookie
    Rugelach is a pastry that looks like a croissant, has a denser chew, tastes similar to strudel but is really a cake-like cookie. Sweet and addicting, rugelach's tender crumb is filled with a variety of fillings such as chocolate, cinnamon, or...
  • Elf on the Shelf
    Elf on the Shelf, Mensch on Bench blend Christmas and Hanukkah traditions
    The holidays are chaotic, can we agree? If you're an interfaith Christian-Jewish family, December presents special headaches (kopvaitiks, for the Yiddish partner!) Dual faith parents, are you looking for ways to (guilt) encourage kids to...
  • Swastika Flag
    Swastika gift wrap: Hanukkah wrapping paper has Nazi symbol
    Swastika, the symbol of the Nazi party, has been found on Hanukkah wrapping paper. It has been incorporated into a geometric design on the border of the wrapping paper. According to a Dec. 8 report by MSN, the swastika gift wrap was found at a...
  • SACO interfaith holiday celebration event to be held on December 17th
    SACO to hold its annual Interfaith Holiday celebration on December 17 this year
    SACO (South Asian Community Outreach) will hold its annual interfaith holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 17th this year. The event is scheduled to start 6:30 P.M. at the Royal Albert Palace in Edison, New Jersey.The highly anticipated...
  • Dad and Daughter Building
    How to reduce consumerism around the holidays: Gifts
    One of the biggest complaints parents seem to have is too much clutter. This also takes the form of too much stuff, too many toys, toys all over the place, etc. Somehow this is forgotten during the holiday excitement. Presents are bought, clutter...
  • Holiday opportunity for a different cultural celebration
    Holiday opportunity for a different cultural celebration
    Does your family have Jewish friends with children? Early education in learning about a friend's holiday celebration does not have to take place in school. Many families in Sarasota have friends who will celebrate Hanukkah this month instead...
  • Hanukkah Piggyback Songs for Children
    Hanukkah piggyback songs for children
    Get in the holiday spirit as children and caregivers sing these simple Hanukkah songs. Let the children learn that holidays are a special time for singing together.Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days...
  • Miracle on Ninth Street 2014
    It's a "miracle": Ninth Street pop-up holiday bar opens November 29
    The holidays in New York City are indeed a special time, with energetic shopping, excellent ice skating opportunties, dinners with friends and co-workers, and Santas on every street corner. But sometimes it's nice to slow down and have a drink...
  • Menorah in front of globes
    Family craft idea: Hanukkah menorah
    The Jewish Festival of Lights starts on Dec. 16, 2014. That is less than a month away! Your family can start getting things ready for Hanukkah now by making a traditional 9-candle menorah. Remember that you do need nine candles in your Hanukkah...