Sunday, December 9, 2012
Even if you’re not lighting a menorah this season, here’s five things you might not have known about Hanukkah.
Hanukkah, the Jewish “festival of lights,” begins at sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 16. When many people think of Hanukkah—sometimes spelled “Chanukah” because of its pronunciation in Hebrew—they think of dreidels, the nine-armed version of a menorah called a Chanukiah, and Adam Sandler. But here’s a few things you might not know about the world’s most oft-misspelled eight-day holiday: 1. The dates of Hanukkah are always different. Well, at least to our calendar. If you had a Hebrew calendar on-hand, you’d see that Hanukkah always begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month Kislev. For our Gregorian calendar, Hanukkah can begin anywhere between late November and late December, depending on the year. But why …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Hanukkah begins at sunset tomorrow night, Saturday December 8, and ends at sunset on Sunday December 16. Here are some recipes to help make your holiday sweet – and savory!
(Makes 12 large latkes) I shared my ‘basic’ version of this recipe two years ago, but I have come to realize that not everyone needs quite so many latkes. So here is a scaled-down version of the recipe – but you can always go back to the original if you like! Ingredients: Directions: Note: If you like grating your own potatoes (and, unlike me, can do so without grating your knuckles), substitute 3 medium baking potatoes for the Simply Potatoes pre-shredded ones. Make sure to grate the potatoes on the larger-holed attachment of your food processor or grater, and squeeze out all moisture in a dishtowel or with your hands. Also, add a tablespoon of water to your beaten eggs to make sure the mixture is moist enough. (Serves 4) Two years ago…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Wellesley with fun events and delicious recipes.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. Where in town are you going to celebrate? What are your plans in Wellesley? Tell us in the comments below. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Your daily roundup of news and events.
Today is the winter solstice, which means it’s the shortest day of the year, and the official start to winter. Though it hasn’t felt much like winter. The National Weather Service says we can expect sunny skies today and the temperature will reach 51 degrees. (Looking ahead, there is some snow in the forecast.) Wellesley Town Hall has released its holiday hours schedule. Municipal offices will close early Friday, and be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2012. The Wellesley High School boys and girls indoor track teams will take on Milton today at 4:30 p.m. Please welcome our newest blogger Rabbi Moshe Bleich of Wellesley-Weston Chabad!