“Free soup for the holidays!” I called, holding out a steaming hot bowl of fresh chicken soup to people passing by. It was so cold my breath rose in a cloud and the tip of my nose was numb, but it was worth it to know that my volunteer work was helping to keep others warm. 1,063 more words
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Several years ago, a Jewish friend posed this question to me and some other friends, via email. Not having grown up Jewish, but as part of an interfaith couple, I’ve participated in a lot of discussions (not all pleasant) about this topic over the years.
In the 20th and 21st centuries, religious commitment has waned and more and more people celebrate holidays without much of an educational background. In that context, you often read, hear, or watch popular material, whether in books, on TV, or in movies about the Meaning of Christmas, whether it be family, giving, sharing, or some other core human value. 766 more words
A few weeks ago, I mentioned some of my personal experiences with anti-Semitism here in the United States. Certainly, however, it behooves us to recognize the uniqueness of our position in Jewish history. 1,497 more words