CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1986
The candles that burn during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah--starting this year on the night of Dec. 26--commemorate two miracles: first, the victory of the small band of Jews led by Judah Maccabee who recaptured Jewish independence from the mighty Greco-Syrian empire; second, the burning for eight days of the tiny cruse of oil used to relight the Temple menorah after the victory. At this festive season, it is appropriate to remember another small band of Jews who are courageously resisting the oppression of a mighty empire.
December 19, 1985
Re "December Dilemma of Holidays" (by Lynn Smith, Dec. 12): It is wholly inappropriate, indeed it is a perversion of Hanukkah to bring symbols of Christ's birth into Jewish homes. It mocks the struggle of the Maccabees. Whatever external features Christmas and Hanukkah may share, Hanukkah is distinctly Jewish, and Christmas is distinctly Christian. When this is recognized and respected, it is to the benefit of both faiths, while superficial assimilation is detrimental to each. I am offended by the photograph of Patti Lewis, in which the Hanukkah candelabrum is a prominent feature of her Catholic altar, its lights illuminating the face of a Catholic saint.
December 20, 1986
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which begins at sundown Friday, lasts for eight days--and more than one explanation exists for the holiday's length, rabbis say. Hanukkah, known as the festival of lights, recalls a legend that when a band of fighters led by Judah Maccabee liberated the Jerusalem Temple in 165 BC, there was only one day's supply of oil for the ner tamid , or eternal light. Yet, legend says, the lamp's oil lasted eight days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1994 |
Parent Fran Gitsham told a classroom of fifth-graders Friday that the meaning of Hanukkah is to respect each others' beliefs and to "always have a good heart." "If you live a life helping others, then good things will come to you," she said.
December 10, 1986 |
"Judas Maccabaeus," the most popular of Handel's oratorios next to the "Messiah," celebrates a people's heroic resistance to tyranny. Handel chose as his subject the story of the Jewish military hero who won religious freedom for his people through a crushing defeat of the Syrians. The holiday of Hanukkah, beginning Dec. 26, commemorates a miracle that occurred when Judas re-consecrated the temple of Jerusalem in December of 165 BC.
August 21, 1986
The boys and girls basketball teams from Los Angeles qualified Wednesday for the finals of the Junior Maccabee Games in Toronto. The boys team, coached by Montclair Prep Coach Howard Abrams, defeated Baltimore, 70-31, in the quarterfinals and Chicago, 77-51, in the semifinals Wednesday. Los Angeles will play the National Team of Israel in the final today.