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December 2014

Rachel Goes Rogue

If winter could describe my love life, it would have been a cold and gusty storm for years. Like many of us, I run...

What is Chanukah?

It is a famous question in the Talmud, “What is Chanukah?”  The Talmudic response is well known; the Greeks attempted to impose their pagan beliefs...

Gobble-Gobble, Menorah?

“Thanksgivukkah,” last year’s coexistence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving, inspired 9-year-old Asher Weintraub to create an innovative product that’s sold incredibly well and might even commemorate...

The Chanukah Creep

The best donut you will ever have isn’t a donut at all. Traditionally, a few weeks before Chanukah begins, Israelis stroll down to their local...

The Peel

Dear N.: We want our house to look perfect this holiday season. From the strings of lights in our trees, to the lawn display—three Middle...

To Tree or Not to Tree

Last year around this time an episode from the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” aired where Morri Chowaiki was one of the contestants who brought...

Pounds of Dough

Eight hundred women entered the gates of TVT/JCC Basketball court asking this question: “What is a mega challah bake?” They had heard about it and...

Fry Me A Latke

Who knew that when Judah Maccabee’s tiny flask of oil miraculously burned for eight days it would set off a frying frenzy that would last...

My Promised Land

Only an Israeli could exude the passion and heartrending sensitivity of Israel’s controversial history. Ari Shavit, author of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of...

Caring For Loved Ones

R. Simeon b. Yohai said, “The most difficult of all mitzvot is ‘Honor your father and your mother’” (Tanhuma Ekev, 2). We do not get to choose...

Base Vacation

I am not sure how I would have felt about my own mother volunteering with the Israeli Army. So when I heard that a couple of women...

Forever Israel’s Girl

Singer, songwriter, choreographer, dancer and television personality Paula Abdul recently spoke with JLife editor Dr. Lisa Grajewski and contributing writer Tanya Schwied about her trip to...

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Synergy in the Shtetl

When Jewish people moved to Orange County in the 20th century, they noticed that there were no Jewish neighborhoods. There were clusters of Jewish...

Fresh Orange Jews

According to the Jewish calendar, we are in the month of Adar and when Adar enters, joy increases! Why is Adar the month of...

Orange County’s Jewish History- The Orange County Doll Ladies

B’nai B’rith, now known as Jewish Women International (JWI), began the “Dolls for Democracy” program in 1956 in conjunction with the interfaith, interracial organization...

Remembering the Children of the Holocaust

When Pavel Friedmann, a young inmate at the Terezin Concentration Camp in 1942, wrote about the last butterfly he ever saw, he described a...