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Why are you the way that you are?

“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


Is Chanukah the Jewish Christmas?

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.

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New Dedication to Yiddishkeit - Chanukah 2017

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


10 gifts for a new minimalist

I have quite a few events coming up in May for which I want to buy presents for people. I emphasize “want” since it is not something I feel obligated to do, but rather I love to give gifts to my family and friends. 666 more words


Desert Night Sky: The Alabama Hills

“One may try to look at the sky, but in fact one looks through it…. for no matter how deeply one sees into the sky, there is always an infinite depth remaining.” 2,261 more words


A Moral Rebellion - Parshat Miketz/Chanukah 2016

A long time ago, there was a people that found themselves oppressed by a powerful military government. There were many restrictions on their lives and they had no voice to dissent to the decisions being made about them.  1,389 more words


Yaakov, Yosef, and Jewish Otherness - Parshat Vayeishev/Chanukah 2016

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