Hanukkah

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2018 Hanukkah Gift Guide

You can enter to win the items on this page! Go to azjewishlife.com/i-feel-lucky to enter!   MAH JONGG CHANUKAH MENORAH Celebrate Hanukkah with this lovely menorah with Mah Jongg tiles on a wood base. $10.50 mahjongg4fun.com CHANUKAH, HANUKKAH…PASS THE BEER No matter how you spell Chanukah, imbibers will be holding the official chosen beer for…

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Holiday Gift Guide

DAVINES HOLIDAY GIFT SET Give the gift of healthy hair to someone you love. $65 EmmiDSalonSpa.com   MAZEL TOV GIFTS The largest Chanukah selection in Arizona. Menorah $329 480-922-0250   GRATITUDE GLASS JAR Begin each day recording all that you are grateful for. Create a jar of memories that celebrates the joy of being alive….

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Food thoughts for holiday parties

With holiday parties in abundance this month, thoughts inevitably turn to food. What should you take your hostess? Food and drink to share? Or maybe a thank you gift? A bottle of wine is always a nice choice. Why not try something a little different? Bring a festive bottle of HoneyRun Winery’s Cranberry Honeywine to…

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The best gift ever

Arizona Jewish Life’s Contributing Editor Leni Reiss asked people “What was the best Chanukah present you have received?” From precious time with family to adding to a cherished collection, here are their responses: “When I was six I got a puppy – Scotty – a black and white mixed Collie and German Shepherd. After several…

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Chanukah Tales

All Jewish holidays begin with a good story. Passover depicts Moses facing off against Pharaoh, and Purim features Mordechai and Esther prevailing over the wicked Haman. Chanukah boasts a particularly compelling narrative with its epic tale of freedom versus tyranny. The underdog Maccabees managing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and the subsequent…

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Great Moments in Hanukkah History

For more than 2,000 years the Jewish people have kept the lights of Hanukkah shining brightly, shepherding the story of the miracle of the oil through the generations. Innumerable Hanukkah celebrations and myriad innovations in how we celebrate have graced the intervening years. I’ll admit that it takes some chutzpah to try and distill two…

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Dreidel 101

The Hebrew word for dreidel is sevivon, which means “thing that turns.” The classic dreidel is a four-sided spinning top made of wood, plastic or clay. Dreidels have Hebrew letters on all four sides. These letters are nun, gimel, hay and shin and stand for the saying “Nes gadol hayah sham, which means “A great…

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Editor’s picks for Hanukkah gifts

There are lots of traditional gifts to give your loved ones during Hanukkah. But there are also some unusual ones to consider. I spent some time searching the internet for some ideas. I hope you enjoy my top picks for an especially unique Hanukkah this year. 1) The 2017 Nice Jewish Guys Calendar features an…

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Books make great gifts

I remember years ago one of my sons telling his brother that the secret of reading was to “be in the book.” It was a comment I wholeheartedly believe. Books have the power to transport us to different worlds, to help us understand others’ struggles, to inspire us to explore. For all of those reasons,…

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