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Topic - Hanukkah
Hanukkah ( in Modern Hebrew, also romanized as Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE, Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. - Source: Wikipedia
President Obama earned another notch in his hail-to-Hollywood belt Thursday evening, with a Hanukkah celebration at the White House that included the co-creator of the successful "Seinfeld" television series, Larry David.
Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday because it brings families and friends together for the simple purpose of giving thanks and being together.
It's been largely played for laughs, but the coincidence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah is no laughing matter for many Jews, who are struggling to preserve the religious significance of the day while competing with holiday demands, football games and the starting gun for the year-end shopping rush.
An atheist group that wants to make clear its dissatisfaction with the Christian bent of the Christmas season has just kicked off a 55-billboard campaign aimed at spreading some unbelief.
For the first time in 125 years – and the last time for about 80,000 years – Hanukkah and Thanksgiving with intersect this Thursday, forming the super holiday known as Thanksgivukkah.
Where’s Christmas? As one social media commentator rapidly noticed, a recent U.S. Postal Service advertisement to sell “holiday stamps” curiously omitted a Christmas or Christian-themed message, yet included portrayals of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
Employees of retailing giant Macy's will have a new way to observe the holiday this Thanksgiving: Watch the company's iconic parade in the morning, eat turkey and watch football in the afternoon, go to work in the evening.
American Jews are celebrating Thanksgivukkah — a super holiday created by the overlap of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving — this year. By the time the turkey is carved and the pie is eaten, many American Jewish families will be lighting the menorah.
The United States’ Jewish population is readying for a rare superholiday this year — Thanksgivukkah. The Jewish holiday Hanukkah starts early this year, on Nov. 27, causing it to overlap with Thanksgiving, which begins on Nov. 28.
Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned arts and crafts company, has been under fire recently for its absence of Hanukkah and other Jewish holiday products.
A disagreement over the ownership of a set of Torah finial bells from Colonial times that is worth millions has led to dueling lawsuits between leaders of the nation's first Jewish congregation and the nation's oldest synagogue.
For weeks, my 4-year-old son has been admiring the presents (especially his own) under our Christmas tree. He's also been wondering what's in his stocking hung over the fireplace.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee recently incited a controversy in his state over an unlikely issue -- what to call the large decorated evergreen tree in the Statehouse. Mr. Chafee insists that the blue spruce is a "holiday tree," suggesting that calling the official tree a "Christmas tree" would be akin to requiring schoolchildren to pray.
For decades, many Americans have lamented the commercialization of Christmas. It's the theme of countless TV shows and movies that have a well-meant core message against excessive materialism.