Chanucah

Grate expectations for Chanucah dinner

By Ruth Joseph, December 5, 2010

Once again we celebrate Chanucah and the miracle of the oil which lasted for eight days after the recapture of the Second Temple. This is the reason that oil has evolved as Chanucah's symbolic ingredient.

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Are Chanucah donuts bad for obesity?

December 2, 2010

Question: It's hard to encourage healthy eating habits in your children when the foods we have for Chanucah — latkes and doughuts — seem just the opposite. Shouldn’t rabbis be doing more to combat the threat of obesity and do you have any ideas for an alternative festival food?

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Hospital orders menorah removal

By Robyn Rosen, December 2, 2010

Hampstead's Royal Free Hospital has withdrawn its consent for a giant electric menorah in the entrance area.

The menorah was placed on Tuesday by Tzivos Hashem, a charity run by Rabbi Yossi and Chanie Simon, after permission was received from the hospital's communications officer. On Wednesday, the couple were told to remove it.

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Nick Clegg wishes you a happy Chanucah

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2010
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The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg sent a video message wishing the community a happy Chanucah.
He described the festival as "a moment to reflect on the timeless importance of tolerance and religious freedom."

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Ed Miliband: Happy Chanucah from one Jew to another

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

The first Jewish leader of the Labour party has wished British Jewry a Happy Chanucah “from my family to yours”.

Ed Miliband said that Chanucah was a special time and an opportunity to celebrate the values of Judaism “dedication, justice, compassion and humility”.

He added: “The festival of lights is a chance to gather with friends and family, in homes and in synagogues, around the candles of the menorah.

“It is a time to reflect on the potential for hope and resilience to triumph over fear.”

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Chanucah miracle as new dreidel record set

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

In what could be termed a Chanucah miracle, a group of Jewish students have broken the world record for spinning a dreidel.

Students at Yeshiva University in New York successfully attempted to spin 618 dreidels simultaneously in an event they called the “Dreidel-Palooza”.

The current record for the Chanucah game was set in 2005, when a group in New Jersey spun 541 dreidels at once.

The result is expected to be confirmed quickly by the Guinness Book of World Records
The festivities also helped raise money for a scholarship fund.

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David Cameron sends his Chanucah greetings

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

David Cameron has wished the Jewish community “a happy and peaceful Chanucah.”

The Prime Minister said: "I want to pass on my very best wishes to the Jewish community here and around the world.

"I wish you and your families a Chanucah sameach.”

He called the story of Chanucah “an inspiring message of the power of hope to sustain people through the toughest of times” and said it was a reminder of “the strength that we can find when we come together and focus on building a brighter future.”

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Seth Cohen's Chrismukkah on The OC

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010
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A Californian teen with a Jewish father and a Christian mother invents a new festive tradition on the hit series The OC.

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Adam Sandler: The Chanucah Song

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010
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"Instead of one day of presents, we have eight..."

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A Sesame Street Chanucah song

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010
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The gang from Sesame Street celebrate the festival of lights with a song

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