Holidays

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Chanukah Tales

  All Jewish holidays begin with a good story. Passover depicts Moses facing off against Pharaoh, and Purim features Mordechai and Esther prevailing over the wicked Haman. Chanukah boasts a particularly compelling narrative with its epic tale of freedom versus tyranny. The underdog Maccabees managing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and the…

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Gifts, Grinches and Gratitude

Dear Helen: I’m part of a circle of friends who’ve traded holiday gifts for decades. Eventually we stopped giving them to all the children, too, but it would feel very strange, even socially uncomfortable, to skip Chanukah gifts for the core friends. This summer I gently suggested donating our gift money as tzedakah instead; I…

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Food thoughts for holiday parties

With holiday parties in abundance this month, thoughts inevitably turn to food. What should you take your hostess? Food and drink to share? Or maybe a thank you gift? A bottle of wine is always a nice choice for a formal dinner or elegant party. But if you’re going to a casual get together, consider…

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FRIED IN OIL AND WORTH EVERY CALORIE

“Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Hanukkah!” Every year while lighting the menorah, we never forget to enjoy Adam Sandler’s rendition of the Hanukkah song. It is a lighthearted, funny song that never fails to make us laugh. We also enjoy indulging in all of those delicious fried goodies traditionally eaten on the eight…

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Rosh Hashanah Feast

Photo: Brisket photo by Daniel Lailah; Food styling by Amit Farber. Originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine Family Table and Kosher.com. BRISKET Originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine Family Table and Kosher.com By Brynie Greisman For years I’ve been dreaming about how to mimic the flavor and texture of meat they serve at simchas. I had my…

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Great Moments in Hanukkah History

For more than 2,000 years the Jewish people have kept the lights of Hanukkah shining brightly, shepherding the story of the miracle of the oil through the generations. Innumerable Hanukkah celebrations and myriad innovations in how we celebrate have graced the intervening years. I’ll admit that it takes some chutzpah to try and distill two…

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2016 Hanukkah gift guide

Mittleman Jewish Community Center 6651 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland 503-244-0111 oregonjcc.org Join the MJCC between Dec. 20 and Jan. 31 to receive No Enrollment Fee and (3) Free one-hour personal training or nutritional therapy sessions. Guide Dogs for the Blind 32901 SE Kelso Road Boring, OR 503-668-2100 guidedogs.com The Litter of Love catalog is a…

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