Purim and Addiction Recovery

By Hannah Prager Being Jewish, having family members in addiction recovery, and now working for a treatment center for alcoholism and addiction, I wanted to learn more about Purim, and the commandment to drink. I had the opportunity to (virtually) sit down and learn with Rabbi Dr. Chaim Meyer Tureff to learn about the roots…


How to Make A Perfect Valentine Wellness Box

This Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to keep wellness in mind when you are creating the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. A relaxing and thoughtful gift, suggests TV host of Alive & Well Michelle Harris, can be a custom-created wellness box that you put together for a personalized wellness experience. 1.       Begin with a great box…


Happy Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat gets its name from the date on which the holiday occurs, the 15th of the month of Shevat. In 2021, the holiday begins at nightfall on Jan. 27. Traditionally, Tu B’Shevat was not a Jewish festival. Rather, it marked an important date for Jewish farmers in ancient times. The Torah states, “When you…


Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, Dec. 10. Although there are not the usual amount of celebrations happening, there are still a few events hosted locally to participate in. PJ Library Hanukkah in a Bag Each bag contains eight Hanukkah activities to enjoy with your family. $8 (one bag per family). Bags will be available…


The sweet history of Jews and doughnuts

Photo: As the popularity of the doughnut increased, Adolph Levitt opened a donut shop on Times Square, where people would stop and watch his new invention churn out donuts, often stopping traffic. During Hanukkah, doughnuts or sufganiyot are a traditional food to eat. The deep-fried dessert is symbolically prepared to remind us of the miracle…


How do you spell it?

Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hanukah, Chanukkah, Hanukka, Chanukka. During a recent Google search for the word “Hanukkah,” I found more than 15 variations on how to spell the Festival of Lights. Every year when we are working on the issue that includes Hanukkah, we go back and forth between spelling it Hanukkah or Chanukah. The only easy…


Holiday Gift Guide: For Home


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