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Is Lena Dunham Jewish?

Yes, Lena Dunham is a Jew. She is creator and star of the controversial hit HBO series Girls, which “we hear” is edgy and entertaining. Wikipedia reports, “Dunham’s father is Protestant, and according to Dunham, a Mayflower descendant; Dunham’s mother is Jewish.” Dunham told the Jewish Journal: “I went to Hebrew school for, like, two […]

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Reflections in the Shadows

It’s over, another Chanukah down, nothing but memories to cherish and candle wax to pick off the shelf in front of the window. It was a truly lovely eight nights. I know many families who weren’t able to light the candles every evening due to school obligations and the dizzying December schedule that only slows […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 60 - December 12, 2012

A Jewish cultural and religious center will be opened in the city of Trancoso the first of its kind in Portugal in more than 500 years. The Isaac Cardoso Center for Jewish Interpretation will include an exhibition about the Jewish history of Portugal and the renewal of Jewish life in the region in recent years. […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #6 - November 30, 2011

Rabbi Yona Metzger announced the discovery of a special goose species that tastes like pork. This presented a culinary and halachic revolution, as it offered a solution that allows religious and traditional Jews to discover the taste of pork. Israeli producer Aviv Giladi is named the CEO of Icon UK, one of Hollywood’s largest production […]

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Chanukah The Inner Battle

Chanukah comes from the root word chinuch. It is a time of rediscovery of self and a time to explore what we really yearn to achieve.  There are thirteen parshiot in the Torah that discuss the Mishkan because this pivotal concept teaches us how to bring Hashem into our world. Hashem says, “Make for me […]

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Hanukkah Scrapbook Making

Hanukkah is a time for family gatherings and endless parties. It is during this time of the year that Jewish traditions are celebrated with family and friends. Hanukkah is a once-a-year affair but the memory will last a lifetime. Keep the memories of your Hanukkah celebration by making your very own Hanukkah-inspired scrapbook. For this […]

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Gift Giving Ideas for Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend

Giving gifts is a tradition during Chanukah. The gift giving tradition of Chanukah is a way to show your love and care for your loved ones. When choosing Chanukah gifts for your boyfriend or girlfriend, your gift can convey a lot of message on how you value your relationship. It can sometimes be difficult to […]

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The Story of Hanukkah Gelt

Gelt is a Yiddish word which if translated means “money.” Hanukkah gelt is distributed to children during Hanukkah celebrations. Grandparents would usually give gelt in amounts of small coins. In Israel, gelt is known as dmei Hanukkah. Legend has it that the Hasmoneans minted national coins to celebrate their freedom from the ancient Greeks. It […]

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Hanukkah Blessings

Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria thousands of years ago. It came with the famous story of the miraculous jar of oil that should have lasted for a day, but burned for eight days. How to Recite the Three Hanukkah […]

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How to Say the Three Hanukkah Blessings

Lighting the Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah) is the highlight of the Hanukkah celebration. The Menorah is lit every night during the week-long celebration of Hanukkah. This ritual is done to commemorate the ancient Jews’ victory and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days in the temple. All family members should be present when […]

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When is Chanukah?

Chanukah (Hanukkah) was founded in commemoration of the fight against assimilation that dates back 22 centuries ago. It is also in honour of the Jewish resistance against Antiochus IV, a Syrian-Greek monarchs who rein the Northern division of Alexander the Great’s fallen empire. Unlike Alexander the Great who had been respectful of the monotheistic religion […]

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Jewish Holiday Songs for Kids

by Fran Avni A triple treat - a treasure of 51 family favorites on 3 CDs. This unique collection includes stories and original songs for Hanukah, Purim, Passover and Shabbat, and joyously brings to life major symbols and traditions. Playful, interactive shared family enjoyment. Toe tapping and irresistible, entertaining and educational. Includes the albums: Mostly […]

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My Jewish Discovery

by Craig N Company Discover these outrageously funny and delightful songs that your family will treasure for a lifetime.A Parents Choice Gold Recording! Label: Craig n Co.Track ListingTo listen to a sample, click on the title of a song that is followed by . 1. Boker Tov 2. Big Trip 3. Deli-ightful 4. Shababat shalom […]

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A Time to Every Purpose

Letters to a Young Jewby Jonathan D. Sarna At the turn of the twenty-first century, the central question confronting Jewish leaders in America is simple: Why be Jewish? Jonathan D. Sarna, acclaimed scholar of American Judaism, believes that Why be Jewish? is the wrong question. Judaism, he believes, is not so much a why as […]

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The Story of Chanukah

by Sarah LeonIllustrated by: Tova Katz Ages 6-12 The Story of Chanukah. Watch it come alive. The candles have been lit. The presents have been given out. Now it is time to retell the Chanukah story to the children. And what a tale it is! With its evil king and courageous Jews fighting for their […]

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A Chanukkah Present

Ages 8-12 Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature, A Hanukkah Present is a collection of eleven multigenerational tales and a novella. Whether you spell it with an H or a Ch, these stories will be enjoyed by families of every background. Learn the origin of ‘The Chanukah Present’ Written by award-winning […]

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