Man accused of stabbing Hanukkah celebrants is indicted on attempted murder and assault charges

(CNN)The man accused of stabbing multiple people at a New York Hanukkah celebration has been indicted on assault and attempted murder charges, Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said Friday. The sixth victim is another son of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, who hosted the Hanukkah celebration at his home, a law enforcement source told CNN Friday. Meyer Rottenberg suffered a superficial wound when he ran into a room and closed the door while the suspect was chasing him, the source told CNN. He was not hospitalized. CNN previously reported that Rabbi Rottenberg’s other son, Shloime, was also injured in the incident. Shloime Rottenberg was hit in the side of the head by the suspect’s machete during the attack and doctors had …

Hitchhiking dogs, a celebrity Secret Santa and holidays in space

(CNN)Do you ever wish life were a bit more… musical? Our private moments often are. A hairbrush doubles as a microphone. An afternoon commute becomes a sold-out concert. And the shower? That’s the recording studio where the hits get made. Our favorites this week

Suspect in Hanukkah celebration stabbings arrested in New York City with ‘blood all over him,’ source says

(CNN)The suspect in a string of stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s Monsey, New York, home was found with “blood all over him,” a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the case told CNN on Sunday. Ramapo officers picked him up and transported him upstate, the spokeswoman said. Monsey is a hamlet within Ramapo. Grafton, who is from Greenwood Lake, about a 40-minute drive northwest of Monsey, is being held at police headquarters and will be arraigned Sunday on five counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree burglary, Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel told reporters. Five people were taken to hospitals near the rabbi’s home after the suspect entered the Hanukkah celebration in the New …

Your burning Hanukkah questions, answered

(CNN)Despite what some holiday movies will have you believe, Hanukkah is not the Jewish equivalent of Christmas, nor is it an insurmountably difficult holiday to learn about. If you’re curious, here are a few basic questions many non-Jews (and even some Jews!) have about the holiday: Ok … so what’s with the candles? You may have heard Hanukkah referred to as “The Festival of Lights” and might already be familiar with a menorah. Menorahs have long been a symbol used in Judaism, and when the altar was rebuilt by Maccabee and co., part of that included relighting the menorahs. The soldiers only had enough oil to light the menorah for a single night, but the story goes that the little …