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12:53pm

Sun December 16, 2012
Music Interviews

Upended By Label Drama, Alex Clare Lands On His Feet

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 4:38 pm

Alex Clare's debut album is called The Lateness of the Hour.
Jon Baker Courtesy of the artist

10:52am

Sat December 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Hanukkah Begins, With A Beat

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 5:32 am

The Maccabeats
YouTube

The delightful Maccabeats of Yeshiva University kick off the first night of Hanukkah with their "Candlelight" - it's a great takeoff on Taio Cruz's Dynamite, but with menorahs, warriors in homemade costumes and latkes!

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9:54am

Sat December 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Denver Will Ring In Start Of Hanukkah

Billy Hathorn Wikimedia Commons

The bells of the Denver City and County Building will chime in as Hanukkah begins at sundown. Songs of Hanukkah will be played from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

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4:54am

Sat December 8, 2012
The Salt

At Hanukkah, Pastry Reminds Portland Jews Of Their Mediterranean Roots

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 5:29 pm

Called a boyo or bulema, this Turkish-style pastry was traditionally made for the Jewish Shabbat. Today, boyos are mostly reserved for holidays like Hanukkah.
Deena Prichep for NPR

In some Jewish homes this Hanukkah, families will celebrate with an alternative to the traditional potato latke: the boyo. These Turkish-style stuffed pastries — also known as bulemas, depending on their shape and the village their maker comes from — are made by Jews whose ancestors lived in the Ottoman Empire.

Traditionally, boyos were made for Shabbat (the Sabbath) and the Jewish holidays. But these busy days, they're reserved mostly for the holidays.

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1:13pm

Tue December 4, 2012
The Salt

A Hidden Hanukkah Tale Of A Woman, An Army And Some Killer Cheese

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 7:11 am

This Hanukkah lamp, made in Italy in the 19th century, depicts Judith holding a sword in one hand and the severed head of Holofernes in the other.
The Jewish Museum, New York / Art Resource, NY

At Hanukkah, many Jewish families celebrate with foods such as latkes and donuts that are fried in oil. The tradition honors the story of the miracle that occurred when a one-day supply of oil burned for eight days inside a temple under siege by the enemy .

Some Jews also eat dishes like kugel, cheesecake or rugelah that all share one ingredient — cheese. But how did cheese make it onto the holiday menu?

It starts (as many of these tales do) with a woman. This woman was Judith.

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