Last year, our Jewish family started celebrating Christmas. We planted our feet in the sweet spot where traditions are made, and explanations are limited.
The level of holiday gifting common in today's Jewish community discourages gratitude; it encourages us to focus on all the things we do not have instead of appreciating the things -- and the people -- we do.
It may be politically correct to say "Happy Holidays," but it is historically, culturally, and religiously incorrect!
As a sleep researcher and clinician, I am keenly aware that the holiday season is a time when people try to do too much. So I've developed a few tricks to help manage the episodic bouts of insomnia that are common during the holidays. Following these rules can help you sleep better, brighten your holiday mood and maybe even keep your weight under control.
Today we aren't working. I plan to relax after I make the stuffing, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, get the turkey in the oven, and clean the house. Maybe I should have worked today.
For those who celebrate Chanukah we're already knee high into the gifts. For those who celebrate Christmas though, you fortunately have a few weeks left, indeed, Black Friday (sounds way cooler than it is) has arrived.
Our communal expectations, created by society and pounded into our psyches by seasonal advertising, are that when we celebrate our holidays -- Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas (for non-Jews) and even secular New Year's -- we should have a perfect holiday.
May this Chanukah and Thanksgiving truly banish darkness, bring bounty, cultivate gratitude, and challenge us to see the light in others' eyes.
In honor of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coming on the same day (and because Passover is just so friggin' cool), I'm leading a Thanksgiving Seder tomorro...
It feels unusually fortuitous that Thanksgiving and the beginning of Hanukkah overlap this year.
America's schools are already struggling to accommodate multicultural student populations with limited time and budgets, so as a public service, I provide the following easy-to-perform dual-purpose pageant for elementary schools.
''Tis the season, the season of giving -- whether giving thanks, praises, spare change, an extra tip or bonus. You name it, and it's officially "the season" for it.
Hanukah and Christmas, for example, often get paired, even though they are not religiously linked together. This year, with Hanukah/Thanksgiving, Thanksgivingakah, it's an opportunity to think about how Hanukah and Thanksgiving relate to one another.
In our house, we'd like to cut out the presents entirely, but we don't want our kids to associate being Jewish with getting ripped off, so we compromise with books.
Of course, Palin is widely known for her intellectual curiosity, her objectivity, her distaste for inflammatory rhetoric and her adherence to facts. So we must ask, is The Wasilla Wonder onto something here?
Last summer, while the boys were at one Jewish sleepover camp, our cousins were at another camp working as counselors, where a terrible tragedy struck. A bolt of lighting struck several campers at The Goldman Union Camp (GUCI), one of them being Ethan Kadish.