Monday, December 10, 2012
Montclair resident Daniel Brenner wrote a new song to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
One local resident says there aren’t enough Hanukkah songs, so he wrote his own. Daniel Brenner, 42, recently posted a video of his new song about Hanukkah, titled “A Minor Holiday,” which he hopes will bring major attention to the traditionally lesser festival. “I’ve been, let’s say, recovering from a certain kind of secret jealousy of Christmas my entire life,” said Brenner with a laugh. Brenner, who is a rabbi, recalled that he was one of the only Jewish kids in his community growing up in Charlotte, N.C., and the yearly Festival of Lights would be drowned out by the ubiquitous Christmas season. That is where the opening lyric of the song, “In a forest full of Christmas trees, we lit candles for the Maccabees,” comes from, said …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Traditional and Indian latkes prepared with love
I was at Amy Rubin Schottland's house over the summer when she taught me how to make rugelachs. This time she invited me to her kitchen for potato latkes. I am not a novice since I have made latkes before. The problem was, I had experience with Indian style latkes - that's right- they were definitely not the traditional ones. I love tradition- especially when it comes to food -- but I do find myself challenging and modifying old recipes whenever possible. In this case I decided to change up the traditional latke recipe by adding a few Indian ingredients. In India, vegetable fritters are made with chickpea flour. It is a pale yellow in color and has a delicious nutty flavor - it is also high in protein. I started with the usual russet …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Jewish holiday begins a little early this year.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Mark your calendars for the 25th day of the month of Kislev. That's when Hanukkah starts in 2012. For those of us who aren't so tuned into the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday Dec. 8. The holiday, also called the Festival of Lights, lasts eight days. Hanukkah 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. Yet the oil lasted for eight, according to the story, and thus the holiday of Hanukkah was born. Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting a menorah over the course of eight days, playing dreidel and …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Local photographers offer some advice on how to improve your holiday pictures.
The holidays are upon us and you know what that means: photo opps galore. It is the busy season for photographers of all level, be it families getting together for that annual portrait, Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa celebration, revelers at a holiday party or New Year's Eve shindig. Here are some "dos and don'ts" from local photographers to help make your pictures shine and stand out. Tips if you hire a professional photographer If you decide to visit a photography studio for a professional photo session, the best thing to do is do a little pre-planning and figure out what clothing, accessories and hair style would work best, said Luciano Puliti, an associate with Jan Press Photo Media in Livingston. Puliti said a holiday theme could be fun …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Many township residents gathered at the Gazebo on the Oval to celebrate new community menorah and honor Hanukkah.
The cold and the rain were no match for Livingston's community spirit. A crowd of residents gathered at the Gazebo on the Oval along Robert Harp Drive Tuesday night for the start of Hanukkah and the blessing of a new community menorah. Councilman Steve Santola thanked the Schofel family for all their work in the community and for donating the tall, silver menorah, as well as funding for the gazebo. He also thanked John Meisel for making the large blue and white dreidel to add to the Ernest Camuso holiday collection. Peter Schofel, president of the Livingston Business Improvement District and Eastman Companies, said the family is proud to help the community and they will continue to dedicate the menorah to the township "for as long as it …