December 10, 2006
The parties and celebrations have begun. Hanukkah is early this year. Christmas is on its way. Winter Solstice is coming soon, so is Kwanzaa, and of course, there's Festivus for the rest of us! Despair not, for the library has anticipated your seasonal soirees and is well-stocked with titles to please and ease your toil. Enjoy the holidays with advice from the pros. "Great Parties: Recipes, Menus and Ideas for Perfect Gatherings" by Martha Stewart. The modern-day doyenne of all that is domestic, Martha Stewart, continues to provide top-notch advice on holiday preparations.
December 25, 2009
If President Obama is a Christian as he claims to be, he should decorate his home with a Christian theme, if for no other reason than to educate his daughters about the true meaning of Christmas: God, in his love for humanity, coming to us as a child, making himself dependent and weak, in need of our love, so that rather than fearing him, we would love him. Interestingly, the New York Times recently reported that the Obamas were strongly considering not...
October 29, 2001
If you drive through enough Orange County streets, you're bound to notice a distressing fact: Even when outfitted with giant spider webs, cackling witches and ghosts of every shape and sort, the streets just aren't scary. I think it has something to do with all the salmon-colored houses. This year, however, this low fear factor in Orange County is a relief. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the ongoing anthrax mailings (not to mention the hoaxes and false alarms)
December 19, 2011
TILL THURSDAY Toy Drive Patrick's Pub, at 2645 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, is sponsoring its fifth annual toy drive for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. The pub will accept donations of new and unwrapped toys. For more information, call (714) 966-2721. FRIDAY Temple Isaiah Celebrates Hanukkah Temple Isaiah, at 2401 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach, will celebrate Hanukkah with a 6:30 p.m. pot luck dinner followed by a Sabbath Eve service at 8 p.m. If you plan to attend the dinner, please bring a vegetarian or dairy dish and a menorah for the fourth night of Hanukkah.
December 16, 2011
Hanukkah commemorates the collision of two great cultures, the conflict between Hellenism and Judaism. As Jewish people celebrate the 2,176th anniversary of that battle in ancient Judea, we focus on the light of Jerusalem overcoming the dark spirit of Athens. The Jewish people held fast to the idea of man created in the image of God, against the Greek belief in gods who were created in the image of man. The gods were actors in a celestial soap-opera that mirrored man's lusts, projected his power struggles, and exemplified his foibles.
December 15, 2006
Beginning at sundown, practicing Jews will begin the celebration of Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, which is a historical holiday celebrating the Jewish victory over the Greeks about 165 BC, said Rabbi Marc Rubenstein, who presides over Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach. The holiday is considered minor compared with Yom Kippur and Passover. For the next eight nights, candles will be lighted on a menorah, with one lighted tonight and one more each night thereafter. The widely accepted reason for lighting the candles — to remind people of the miracle of oil lasting the Jews eight days — is a legend, Rubenstein said.
December 7, 2004
Jeff Benson Hanukkah's Festival of Lights traditionally provides the Jewish community with increasing inspiration and warmth for eight days and nights each year. But it appears that warmth will unfortunately melt a 7-foot, 400-pound menorah ice sculpture in a single evening. The Jewish calendar dictates that Hanukkah begins on a different day each year -- and tonight's the night. To kick off Hanukkah, religious leaders from Chabad Jewish Center in Newport Beach will kindle the frozen menorah in a public ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Bloomingdale's Courtyard at Fashion Island.
November 23, 2002
Suzie Harrison The stage will be set Dec. 8 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center for a grand celebration of lights that has become an eight-year tradition. On that date, "Chanukah Rocks" will be performed by 12 children's choirs from synagogues and Hebrew day schools from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and all over Orange County. The concert, which features the voices of children and cantors, is a celebration of Jewish songs set to a contemporary, upbeat tempo.
November 1, 2002
Don't miss the 27th annual Sisterhood Hanukkah Bazaar at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The award-winning gift gala and shopping extravaganza has new exciting vendors and a full line of Hanukkah Judaica. The selection includes books, candles, cards, decorations, dreidels, games, gift wrap, menorahs, tapes and videos. Vendors will also sell the finest in ceremonial Judaica, collector pieces, art, costume jewelry, gourmet foods, Israeli imports, mezuzahs, personalized gifts, sculpture, sterling and gold jewelry and more.
December 24, 2011
Candles have been used for more than 5,000 years. Although the ancient Egyptians may have been among the first to use them as torches, the Romans are credited with developing the wicked candle. In the ancient world, candles were the major source of light. During modern December celebrations, candlelight continues to shed light, traditions and comfort. Every year, for example, Jews gather to brighten their homes with candles and feast for eight straight days in celebration of Hanukkah, which started more than 2,000 years ago. At that time, there was a great temple in Jerusalem, Judea (now Israel)