Christmas

Where Are All the Christmas Lights?

I grew up in a neighborhood inhabited only by Italian-Catholics and Jews. Nary a Protestant to be found, not to mention anything more exotic. This time of year, homes boasted one of two motifs. Windows either sported a lit menorah for about an hour and a half on each of the eight nights of Chanukah,...

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An Outsider’s View of an American Christmas

One of the most noticeable aspects of being in Israel is how the  Jewish calendar dominates, as well it should. Signs on buses offer good wishes for the holidays in September, bakeries sprout Chanukah delicacies in the winter, and school and government calendars are built around Jewish festival days. Growing up in America, in my...

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Gifts Galore

A lot of presents will be given over the next month, many of them to children. While some of the presents will come from aunts and uncles, grandparents and friends, parents will also spend a great deal of time and money choosing just the right items for their children. After all that work, they might...

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Merry Christmas (No Reply Necessary)

“Have a joyous Christmas.” “Thank you and Happy Chanuka. Well, I guess that’s over now but I hope it was happy, I mean…” I’ve had a few awkward conversations such as this one over the past few days. In my daily life I regularly interact with Christians. From the woman who leads the exercise class...

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