It’s almost Hanukkah time; the Jewish holiday begins on Saturday, December 8 and goes to Sunday, December 16. We think it’s about time that we celebrate the other miracle of Hanukkah — the hottest Jewish guys we could think of. Imagine if you really could decorate your menorah with Andrew Garfield, Ira Glass, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lenny Kravitz and more. Click here to see larger image…
I went to Hebrew school for three years, and every single second of it was unequivocally lame. I was, of course, really terribly behaved, because that’s the family legacy. (My dad was ejected from the same establishment for riding a bike through the halls 30+ years earlier.) But maybe if I had Rabbi Yael Buechler as a teacher, I would have retained more from the experience than the Shabbat Candle Lighting prayer and a latent love of coconut macaroons. The 26-year-old Jewish day school teacher captured media attention last year for her unorthodox religious teaching methods. Read: manicures. Buechler started the Midrash Manicures (referring to “the deep textual interpretation of the Bible, with every word examined for meaning”) club at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, where she teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls how to paint their nails in designs inspired by weekly Torah portions. Keep reading »
These pups really put the “happy” in Hanukkah. The yarmulke-wearing, payot-growing, Star-of-David sporting doggies featured here know their latkes from their blintzes and so on. As we Frisky Jews (Ami and I) celebrate the festival of lights, we wish all of you — and your pets — a great holiday season.
Happy first night of Hanukkah, fellow members of Tribe! On that note, I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about Christmas. Christmas dinner specifically. Whether it was due to interfaith dating or a lack of funds to travel home for the holidays, I’ve found myself at a number of Christmas celebrations. The nice thing about Hanukkah is that it’s not the most serious of Jewish holidays and there’s eight nights of it. So you can multitask — light your menorah at sundown and scarf down a few latkes one night, head over to Christmas dinner another. Should you be invited for Christmas, you must be prepared, especially if you are the only Jew in attendance . After the jump, some tips for the Jew at Christmas dinner. Keep reading »
My husband cannot shop. He’s awful at buying gifts. He tries really hard, but it’s just not his thing. One year, I got socks. Then there were the years where I got electronic gifts—fun for him, but not for me (and no woman really wants a clothes steamer as her big Christmas gift, no matter how useful it is). Once I got a fishing pole. He’s tried to buy jewelry, but I never like it. Keep reading »
The stiletto menorah is a Hanukkah miracle! One pair for each night will shed us with sweet light to remind us of days long ago … when shoes weren’t as cute. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
When I was in third grade, the class read a book called something like Christmas all Around the World. It taught us about Sweden’s St. Lucia Day festivities that open the Christmas season, that Santa is known as St. Nicholas in Germany, and that Hanukkah is the Jewish Christmas. Keep reading »