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Hanukkah kicks off on December 24th and so begins the 8-day Jewish festival of lights (and donuts and chocolate and fried potatoes). Our favourite part of Hanukkah celebrations is all the delicious food and fun you get to enjoy. To help you get in the spirit, we've got 5 fun food and drink recipes that are sure to transform the Oy to Joy this Hanukkah!
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are right around the corner. In light of these fast-approaching festivities, we've got a smorgasbord of tasty recipes that will be sure to satisfy your children, your children's children, your aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins and even your pet whom you sneak a little somethin' to under the table.
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Emile knows that he's Jewish, but it's an esoteric concept at his age. He loves eating gefilte fish and searching for the afikomen, hates how long Passover seders take and boasts to his buddies about getting two holidays instead of one in December. I used to do the same. But because we're an invisible minority, it can easily disappear. Maintaining it requires effort. So my role as a father is to help him see the value in making Jewish history, culture and traditions a part of him -- he can decide on the religious part on his own -- so that he might one day pass it all on to his own child.
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Last month, Toronto Police released a report on hate crimes in the city during 2015, and for the tenth year in a row Jews topped the list of most targeted communities. The facts suggest that certain people are seriously misjudging the state of anti-Semitism in Canada today: It is, unfortunately, far from being an "abused" term.
As the days inch closer to the holidays, plans are being made and schedules are being set. I'm replying to Christmas party invites, and going shopping for gifts, and organizing who I'll visit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But wait a second, I'm Jewish.