Hanukkah

A Letter to my Younger Self Series: Ailsa

Dear Ailsa, It may seem strange, this being a letter from the future. The last thing you want right now ...

Don’t Forget This Important Holiday Gift

This is a crazy time of year. Life is hectic. We’re working and scheduling those last few very important meetings ...

The Dangers of Purity

The holiday of Hanukkah should be a fraught one for American Jews. Most of us know it as a gift-giving holiday, ...

A Rabbi’s Christmas Message

With the flurry of discussion about how Jewish and interfaith families are handling the confluence of Hanukkah and Christmas this ...

Saying No to Silencing: The Jewish Duty to Speak Out

Spirituality is biography. Jewish spirituality and Jewish biography both demand a duty to speak out, reject silencing, and stand up against any ...

An Interdenominational December: Family Traditions Old and New

  Each of us has our unique rituals and family traditions at this time of year. In this piece, Kate ...

Don’t Let the Light Go Out!

Last night our congregation’s chant meditation group met to contemplate light as we arrived at the cusp of the darkest ...

Ode to the Frozen Mass-Produced Latke

When I was a kid, the crème de la crème of latkes were the frozen ones. And I don’t mean ...

A Hanukkah Lesson for Our Turbulent Political Times

As we approach our upcoming Festival of Lights, our stories about the Maccabees and our nation’s triumph over religious and ...

How to Add Some Competitive Excitement to Your Hanukkah Party

I’ve been joking this year that with Hanukkah starting on Christmas Eve, our holiday doesn’t have a chance to compete ...