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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


The great mini-latke conspiracy

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 28, 2013

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


Get ready, it’s time to talk Turkey

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, December 23, 2012

So Chanucah is over. The candles — shamash and all — have burnt down for the final time. The doughnuts have been consumed. The dreidels are packed away and the last of the wrapping paper has been consigned to the recycling bin. Now what?

Well, now, the Christmas season is upon us and the perennial dilemma starts. What should Jews do at Christmas? It is a minefield.


Don’t bring us figgy pudding

By Sarah Ebner, December 21, 2012

It happens every year. In December, my children and I feel like nasty party-poopers. It’s not pleasant to rain on other people’s parades, and we honestly don’t mean to. We simply can’t help being Jewish at the wrong time of year.


Boy saves family from Chanucah fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 20, 2012

A nine-year-old boy’s quick thinking saved his family after Chanucah candles ignited their home last Friday.

Moments after Zev Dunner had left his wife and four children, aged between two and nine, at home for a Shabbat synagogue service, Chanucah candles are believed to have set fire to the living room curtains.


Taken for granted

December 13, 2012

On Wednesday night, the doors of No 10 Downing Street were thrown open for a Chanucah party. It had all the usual accoutrements: the doughnuts, the latkes and the Chanucah gelt. It even had the Chief Rabbi, along with the great and good from our community.