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These sycamore tress on King George St. in Tel Aviv predate the city. (Margaux Stelman)

Five must-see historic trees in Israel

By Michael Brown JERUSALEM — Trees have stories, and Israel’s trees have lots of stories. Scattered throughout the country, scores of ancient and historic trees help...

Eden Levi, 16, is assisted in lighting the Chanukah candles at Jerusalem's Cinema City. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)

Jerusalem teen celebrates personal miracle on Chanukah

JERUSALEM — In nearly every way, 16-year-old Eden Levi is a typical Israeli teenager. With a polka dot baseball cap turned backwards, she says she enjoys everything...

Album cover for "Dreidel I Shall Play" by composer Samuel E. Goldfarb. (Courtesy of Myron Gordon)

‘I have a little dreidel’: Origins of a song

By Albert Stern Within the Jewish musical canon are several songs that seem to have always existed — tunes we all know and pass down from one generation to the next....

A display of Menorah Candle Company Chanukah candles.

Guess where all those millions of candle boxes come from

CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 13 By Judy Lash Balint SDEROT — The Menorah Candle Company, manufacturer and exporter of millions of Chanukah candles worldwide, is one...

Bummed by Clinton loss? It is still Thanksgiving

It was just last week, on the night of Nov. 8, that my family had all anxiously exchanged text messages as we watched the election results trickle in. State by state, my...

Thee Studio Ya Ya-designed sukkah at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem.

Not your average sukkah

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman JERUSALEM — Amit Zakoon’s flower business started with a seed — literally — but it quickly grew into one of Jerusalem’s premier...

Clockwise, from upper left: Kim Harris, Bernard Gerson, Bruce Dollin, Yisroel Engel

What’s on rabbis’ minds for 5777?

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5777 SECTION A All over the map. That’s what Denver’s Rosh Hashanah worshippers are likely to find this year when it comes to the subjects...

The Gefilte Manifesto's Baked Herbed Terrine.

Gefilte Manifesto: Millenial ode to Ashkenazi cooking

FROM ROSH HASHANAH FOODS AS I peruse the vibrant pages of The Gefilte Manifesto (Flatiron Books, 2016), I feel right at home. Recipes from borscht to homemade pickles...

The bounty of the first harvest is something to be celebrated and shared on Shavuot. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reclaiming the ‘harvest’ aspect of Shavuot

As we approach Shavuot, there’s a battle going on in our garden over who — or what — will get our first fruits. In ancient days in Israel, beginning at Shavuot...

Shmurah — not your average matzah

PASSOVER EDITION 5776 SECTION B PAGE 6 IT COSTS more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’’s so delicate it often breaks in...