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Documentary-maker rediscovers Judaism, family, self

When Aaron Wolf began interviewing synagogue members and shooting footage for a documentary about the restoration of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, he considered himself a fallen-away Jew.<p>He knew that his late grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf, had served the temple for 36 years. Aaron Wolf was bar …

Search for tombstones from Jewish cemetery destroyed by Nazis brings back lost heritage

There was no mistaking what the stone slab was, only the spot where it lay was somehow not fitting. Instead of marking a place of the departed, the tombstone served as a doormat to a henhouse in a small Czech village.<p>Confronting the dark legacy of the Holocaust, a small team of researchers has been …

22 Recipes for 8 Delicious Nights of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, like Thanksgiving, is primarily about food and family for most of us. Unlike Thanksgiving, it takes place over the course of eight days, which is great on several levels—you get to prepare and eat a wider variety of delicious dishes, of course, but it also takes the pressure off any …

Mix-and-Match Menorahs for Hanukkah (and 7 Beautiful Traditional Styles)

This Hanukkah, might we recommend branching out from the traditional menorah (or, more correctly, Hanukiah)? What used to be a sea of sameness—staid nine-armed candelabras in silver or gold—is now punctuated with some standout options like Lindsey Adelman’s modern brass set, and even a …

Far-right Israeli activists protest Jerusalem Christmas event

Lehava claims Christmas tree decorating event at YMCA targeted Jewish children.<p>><br>• ><p>Members of the Greek Orthodox clergy wait for the arrival of the …

Hachnasat Orchim: What a Jewish Value Can Teach Us About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

On Monday, President Obama announced that the United States should welcome Syrian refugees. As with most of the President's public statements, conservatives everywhere were outraged. Republican governors (and yes, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan) all across the country pledged to protect their …

6 Hanukkah Treats to Light Up Your Holiday Season

1<p>Orthodox Chews Salt Water Taffy<p>Made in the ‘chewish’ tradition, these kosher taffies come in fun flavors like caramel swirl, watermelon, vanilla, …

Acra at Last? Site of Ancient Jewish Revolt Unearthed

Archaeologists in Jerusalem may have just solved one of the city's greatest geographical mysteries.<p>Excavators recently unearthed what they think are …