November 25, 2010 |
There'll be no potato latkes on my Hanukkah table this year. Yes, I know they're traditional ? my mother made them every Hanukkah when I was growing up. I've also prepared them for my children in years gone by, along with sufganiyot , an Israelified version of the jelly doughnut. But this year I'm in the mood for something completely different, so I'm taking inspiration for my holiday meal from the Maccabees and combining it with a lesser-known Hanukkah custom of eating dairy foods.
September 12, 2007
Re "Ancient beehives are found in Israel," Sept. 8 Those must be the Maccabees! Andy Linsky Palm Springs
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December 11, 1993 |
It was a day of latkes, dreidels and belting out songs their great-grandchildren might know for about 75 senior citizens who spent Friday afternoon at a Hanukkah party in North Hollywood. The party at the Valley Storefront, Jewish Family Services, fell on the third day of Hanukkah, which means feast of dedication and commemorates recapture of the Temple in Jerusalem in December, 165 BC, from the Syrian Greeks.
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December 27, 1986 |
Jewish citizens of Israel lit candles and oil lamps Friday night to begin Hanukkah, the annual eight-day festival of lights celebrating the Maccabees' victorious revolt against the Greek-dominated Syrians more than 2,000 years ago. The observance began at sundown, which coincided with the start of the Jewish Sabbath.
November 27, 1995 |
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews prayed in the streets Sunday to protest an archeological dig at a 2,000-year-old cave believed to contain the remains of ancient Jewish warriors. The cave was unearthed two weeks ago northwest of Jerusalem by a bulldozer leveling ground for a new highway. Inside, archeologists found 24 stone boxes containing human remains.
November 30, 1995 |
Archeologists said Wednesday that they misidentified a tomb recently uncovered in central Israel as that of the Maccabees, Jewish rebels who inspired the Hanukkah holiday. In a terse statement, the Israel Antiquities Authority said a laboratory analysis showed archeologists had misread an ancient Hebrew inscription on the tomb. Discovery of the burial site, during road-widening work, touched off protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews who charged the archeologists were defiling Jewish graves.
October 20, 1995 |
The old joke among Protestants, says author Gary R. Habermas, is that Catholics have finally published a book called "What the Bible Says About Purgatory." But if you open it up, the pages are blank. Catholic scholars concede their case is circumstantial. But they do cite several intriguing passages: * Paul's first letter to the Corinthians hints at a post-mortem scenario in which believers' lives are tested by fire. "If someone's work burns, he will suffer loss," the apostle wrote.
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November 26, 1994 |
Hanukkah, which Jews begin observing Sunday night, might have remained solely a celebration of a military victory except for the disillusionment of Judaism's early rabbis with religious nationalism, says a Jewish scholar. The eight-day festival still inspires sermons about religious liberty, but Hanukkah also has spiritual elements that balance militancy as the key to Jewish survival with reliance on God, said Zev Garber, professor of Jewish studies at Valley College in Van Nuys.
December 17, 2008 |
"What makes a potato pancake a latke?" my younger daughter asked me last week, just before the eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which begins this year on Sunday evening (all Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before). A latke, I explained to her, is not just a pancake made from potatoes, it's a potato pancake with a poor man's pedigree, a history, a tradition and a neshamah, a soul. A lot to expect from a little pancake? Perhaps.