Topic: Hanukkah

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  • As Hanukkah closes, menorahs have flickered in surprising place: Iran

    As Hanukkah closes, menorahs have flickered in surprising place: Iran

    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.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 12/07

    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.

  •  How military families will celebrate holidays with deployed relatives

    How military families will celebrate holidays with deployed relatives

    Planning months in advance to soothe holiday separation, military families open presents via Skype or send care packages to deployed loved ones. 

  • Holiday gift guide 2010: Gadgets

    Holiday gift guide 2010: Gadgets

    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 means house fires: Israeli firefighters

    Hanukkah means house fires: Israeli firefighters

    Hanukkah is typified by a jump of 10 to 15 percent in house fires according to Israeli fire department spokesman Asaf Avres.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 12/01

    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.

  • In Pictures Happy Hanukkah

    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.

  • Holiday gift guide 2010: DVDs for the family

    Holiday gift guide 2010: DVDs for the family

    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.

  • Opinion World Cup semifinals: the case for German pride

    Germans are finally able to celebrate their country after more than 60 years of dealing with their past. For the rest of the world, this should be a welcome turning point.

  • Culture wars over Christmas displays: where the law stands

    Culture wars over Christmas displays: where the law stands

    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.