Dear Readers: Mazel Tov! It’s Hanukkah!

by | Dec 1, 2022 | Trending News

Dear Readers,

The late, notably irreverent comedian Lenny Bruce once quipped that most Jewish holidays are “observed” rather than celebrated, including Hanukkah. Perhaps when Bruce performed that particular shtick back in 1961 that joke was accurate…Jews solemnly lit the hanukiah, ate some latkes, played a little dreidel, and maybe, just maybe, children received some gelt.

How times have changed! While still recounting the miracle of Hanukkah and the holiday’s celebration of religious freedom along with the rededication of the Temple, today’s Hanukkah is filled with parties, decorations, fun food and drinks, and, of course, gifts.   Yes, we celebrate Hanukkah!

This section contains articles that cover it all, including a piece on the seriousness of the holiday with a message from Rabbi Israel Zoberman on page 21 and personal thoughts and traditions about Hanukkah from locals on page 16.

Eitan Altshuler introduces readers to an alternative to oil-drenched donuts and latkes with Gulab Jamun, a treat made by the Jews of India. This dessert is delicious and takes minimal time to prep and cook. Page 18.

Hanukkah-themed books for children, parties, and a reminder to donate to Jewish Family Service’s annual Chanukah Gift Program are among the many other articles featured.

We also celebrate with Elijah Mallenbaum, a recent bar mitzvah who took his mitzvah project to a new level with his contributions to Habitat for Humanity.  Page 25. Mazel Tov Elijah!

Whatever you’re celebrating this season, we hope you do it with good health, peace, and lots of mazel.

Chag Sameach and Mazel Tov!

Terri Denison