Chanucah

Chanucah rendition of Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' by The Maccabeats

By Sandy Rashty, November 28, 2013
American acapella group, The Maccabeats, have released a new Chanucah single. The music video, a rendition of British Jewish singer Ellie Goulding's Burn, features a Jewish boy struggling to embrace his Jewish identity and battle bullies.

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Parents count cost as gift-giving turns Chanucah into a ‘pseudo Christmas’

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

Doughnuts, latkes and the menorah are the staples of Chanucah, loved by children and families around the world.

But a hunger for ever-more expensive gifts and extravagant celebrations means that, for many people, the Festival of Lights has become a financial and logistical nightmare.

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Britain’s political leaders get festive for Chanucah

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

Britain’s political leaders have praised the Jewish community at the start of Chanucah.

Labour leader Ed Miliband called the festival a “very special week”. Referring to the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht earlier this month, he said: “There could not be a greater contrast between the darkness of Kristallnacht and the enlightenment of Chanucah.

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Daddy, can mummy light the candles too?

By Rabbi Natan Levy, November 24, 2013

Chanucah can celebrate insomnia. Last year, I returned home late from Trafalgar Square, to awaken a somniferous wife, who asked sleepily: “Why can’t I light for both of us?” Why can’t she? Gentle reader, let me tell you that story.

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It is time to celebrate cutting Chanucah costs this season

By Martin Lewis, November 18, 2013

The shops have started their jingle bells, Christmas is coming and this year Chanucah precedes it by a month. I dislike early celebrations as much as the next man. Yet pre-planning can seriously slash festive costs, so you have better festivities at a lower price.

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Why turkey gave some rabbis a headache

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, November 17, 2013

The story is told that, after the tough winter of 1622-23, the pilgrim fathers of what became the United States of America, celebrated their survival with a feast of wild fowl. By 1790 the day had been enshrined by Congress as one of “public Thanksgiving and prayer”.

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Whichever way you spell it, Chanucah is early this year

By Manny Robinson, November 9, 2013

I HAVE to date received four cards so far for the forthcoming Festival of Lights. One wishes me a Happy Chanucah, the second a happy Chanukkah, the third a happy Hanukkah and the fourth a happy Hanuka.

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New frozen latke to solve our Chanucah woes

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

Kosher latke lovers will breathe a sigh of relief this Yom Tov after a new frozen product filled a gap in the market.

There was despair last Chanucah after food company Rakusen’s ended production of Britain’s most popular kosher frozen potato product.

But now Yarden has come to the rescue with a range of home-style potato latkes — in both the regular and ever-popular mini sizes.

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The great mini-latke conspiracy

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 28, 2013

There’s something deeply sinister behind the current mini-latke crisis.

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