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Etrog farm

SCOTTSDALE — Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer,...

Chanukah: The holiday of Jewish identity and integrity becomes very public

LOS ANGELES — It doesn’t get more “only in America” than this: A Christian president with an African-born Muslim father throws a Chanukah party at the White House,...

Consuming 100 sufganiyot — for charity

IN 2009, Elie Klein placed a gentleman’s wager with two neighbors in Bet Shemesh, Israel, to see how many sufganiyot (deep fried, jelly-filled donuts) they could...

Should my sukkah have a debt ceiling?

LOS ANGELES — Each Sukkot we read in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, that there “is a time to tear down, and a time to build up.” For my sukkah it was time for both. Last year...

In the spirit of the Mishnah…freeing up the seder

By David Arnow, JTA SCARSDALE, NY —— You can find the secret to creating lively Passover seders in a surprising place — the 1,800-year-old law code, the Mishnah....

Baking your own matzah

LOS ANGELES — In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they...

Nuts, nuts, apples and wine: Hillel Goldberg’s charoset

FIRST, the good news: this charoset recipe yields scrumptious charoset. Second, the better news: If you like charoset not just for the seders, but for the rest of...

New December dilemma: early Chanukah

CHRISTMAS comes but once a year, on Dec. 25: not Nov. 29, not Dec. 28, but Dec. 25. Chanukah also comes but once a year, on 25 Kislev: not 10 Kislev, not 21 Kislev, but...

Eight nights

By Dasee Berkowitz, JTA NEW YORK —— When I walked into our local K-mart the night after Labor Day, Christmas music beckoned shoppers to consume. Traditional...

Simchat Torah: Circle dances with the Torah

LOS ANGELES — Want to dance with Jewish tradition but don’t know the steps? Ask Simchat Torah to dance. Not a conventional dancer, it’s a star partner who will drag...