Modern Observances of Hanukkah

A holiday influenced by secular society

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Today, some grandparents still give money, but  more often only symbolic packets of foil-covered  chocolate coins are handed out while presents of all sorts are more common. To keep gift-giving within reason, some families exchange gifts only on one night, limit the number of major gifts, or designate different nights for different givers: one for parents to children, one for grandparents to children, one for children to parents, one for siblings to each other, and so on. Often it was a way of rewarding them for past studies and encouraging them to learn more.

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Lesli Koppelman Ross is a writer and artist whose works have appeared nationally. She has devoted much of her time to the causes of Ethiopian Jewry and Jewish education.