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Hanukkah is a celebration, a joyful holiday with delicious food and family memories. I remember lighting our menorah as a little girl with my bubbe. Now, raising my daughter, I hope to create special memories with her.
You can fire up your creativity this Hanukkah with a variety of Hanukkah and Judaica DIY (do-it-yourself) items at Pinspiration, a “Community Meets Creativity” studio in North Phoenix that’s ready to serve the artsy, as well as the not-so-creative, Jewish community this Hanukkah season.
They’re sometimes greasy, sometimes salty and soggy, and they are fried in oil. They’re high in calories sometimes; high fat – sometimes; high cholesterol – sometimes. But they’re oh, so good!
From a new audio version of “Hanukkah Bear” – a holiday favorite by National Jewish Book Award winner Eric A. Kimmel – to a novel for young teens set during the Festival of Lights, this fresh crop of Hanukkah books is sure to delight young readers of all stripes.
LOS ANGELES — It was just a few weeks ago, on the night of Nov. 8, that my family had all anxiously exchanged text messages as we watched the election results trickle in. State by state, my Hillary-loving family saw our hopes slipping away — and now, too soon, we are going to have to gather around the dining room table to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Talking about death makes some people uncomfortable. Of course, we think we should talk about it. Ninety percent of Americans surveyed said it’s really important that we talk with our loved ones about our wishes for the kind of care we would like at end of life. Yet fewer than 30 percent of us have actually had these conversations.
With the passing of Shimon Peres, Israel lost a piece of its history. As the last of the living founding fathers of the State of Israel, many people – not just Israelis – feel like it is the end of an era. Peres’s living testimony of the establishment of the State of Israel, fraught both with enormous challenges and miracles, provided hope and inspiration to many people.
Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32
JERUSALEM - Exactly 175 years ago, an American non-Jew, under the direction of the founder of his church, climbed the Mount of Olives and offered an impassioned declaration and prayer proclaiming the Holy Land as the gathering place for the Jewish people.
A group of local Jewish professionals and their guiding rabbi, Rabbi Sholom Skolnik, have been convening to examine the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) as part of a new study group at the Phoenix Community Kollel. If the group members pass a rigorous final exam, they will receive smicha (ordination) as rabbis.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.