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…here’s the thing. You can’t help but Christmasize Hanukkah because Christmas and Hanukkah are at their heart the same holiday. This claim may be the height of heresy for most Jews, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Both are solstice holidays. Both have their roots in the changing of seasons and the shortening of the days. Both are about bringing light into increasing darkness. Whether we’re celebrating Maccabees or mangers, humanists know that the real reason for the season is the earth’s axial tilt.
— Rabbi Jeffrey L. Falick
Have Yourself a Merry Little Chrismukkah – How Rabbi Jeffrey Falick went from “outraged at the sheer chutzpah of these assimilationists” to “rejoice in the entirety of the American Chrismukkah season.”
Is the December Dilemma Still a Dilemma? – Rabbi Miriam Jerris explains how she navigates her own intercultural marriage and how it informs her work.
Maccabees, Military History, and Me – Our interests and hobbies can inform our Jewish identities and heighten the meaning of the season, Paul Golin suggests.
A Journey Through Hanukkah For All Ages – Meaningful readings for all eight nights of the holidays by Rabbi Adam Chalom.
Also, excerpt from the book God Optional Judaism by Rabbi Judith Seid, an original poem by Herbert Levine, personal stories, a Sherwin T. Wine Award Winner, Community News and more!
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