Op-ed: The spirit of giving
News Op-Ed 12/08/2013 at 2:37PM

COUNCILMEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS Every year, the holiday day season gives us an extra special opportunity to reflect upon our blessings and take time to give back to those we love. With Chanukah just ending and Christmas and Kwanzaa fast approaching, it’s clear that the spirit of giving is already in the air – almost everywhere [...]

Op-Ed: The meaning behind Chanukah
News Queens Courier Staff 12/12/2012 at 10:32AM

BY RABBI YOSSI BLESOFSKY Chanukah — the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev — celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality. More than 21 centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), [...]

‘Spiel’ was tons of laughs
‘Spiel’ was tons of laughs
North Shore Towers Queens Courier Staff 1/12/2012 at 5:47PM

The Migdal Chapter of Hadassah at North Shore Towers (NST) recently put on a special Chanukah play. Called a “spiel,” the play drew in a standing-room only crowd in the Coleridge Lounge on December 22. It was written and directed by Carolyn Dinofsky, chapter president, and comically combined elements of Jewish history and NST parody. [...]

Celebrating Chanukah
Celebrating Chanukah
Opinion Queens Courier Staff 12/27/2011 at 11:31AM

BY RABBI STEVEN AXELMAN Chanukah began this year at sundown on Tuesday, December 20 and ends at nightfall on December 28. Though based on the lunar calendar like all Jewish holidays, Chanukah always falls within a several week period in December. The Hebrew word Chanukah (the “ch” is pronounced gutturally, not like the “ch” in [...]