Iranian Jews, who have been celebrating Hanukkah this week along with Jews around the world, are eking out a tenuous existence amid escalating Iran-Israel rhetoric.
Young Buddhist monks react to camera at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, India. Bodh Gaya is the town where Buddha is believed to have attained nirvana, or enlightenment 2,500 years ago. An year-long commemoration of the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa or the Karmapa lineage begins Wednesday.
Planning months in advance to soothe holiday separation, military families open presents via Skype or send care packages to deployed loved ones.
What would Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa be without some new electronic gadgets? We have three of them for you to consider this holiday season. If you decide to purchase some of these items, perhaps you would consider using the link under the item and help the Monitor at the same time.
Hanukkah is typified by a jump of 10 to 15 percent in house fires according to Israeli fire department spokesman Asaf Avres.
Polar bear cubs Ganuk and Taiga sleep on their mother's back at the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec. They celebrated their first birthday today.
Nathan Dishon says that he wants 'a ladybug pillow pal' for Hanukkah during preparations for the annual eight-day celebration known as the 'Festival of Lights' at the Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, Calif., on Nov. 30. Hanukkah starts at sundown on Dec. 1 and marks the rebellion of Maccabee Jews against the Greeks in 165 BC, which some believers say included a number of miracles pointing to divine providence.
Now that we're fully into the holiday shopping season, Monitor staff writers have compiled a list of items you might consider as Christmas or Hanukkah gifts. We begin with some family-friendly DVDs. Each item has a link to amazon.com, where you can purchase the item and help support the Christian Science Monitor at the same time.
Christmas displays have been a big part of the culture wars for years, and 2009 is no different. Hot spots include Sonoma County in California, where angel and star ornaments in government buildings caused controversy.