Differences in how we acknowledge special occasions aren't just for families to wrestle over during the holidays. It shows up at work, too.
As Jamaican Jews, we have been enormously appreciative of the religious freedom that we have been granted on this glorious tropical island.
This year, as we give thanks on Thanksgiving, American Jews can keep in mind these eight special reasons for American Jews to give thanks.
I for one will not be participating in this mashed potato latke mashup. For me, it's Chanukah or nothing. Go latke or go home
For many Jews, love is conveyed (and perceived) through food. Instead of a hug, have a hamentaschen. Instead of a kiss, have a knish. Instead of a smile, have a pickle. Instead of a snuggle, have some farfel. Or, of course, it can be a both/and proposition.
Can I make this "once in a lifetime event" a time to share the fun and warmth of the holidays and still maintain a healthy diet?
This month, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will overlap for a joint celebration that will never happen again. Here's why.
Thanksgivukkah is one of the rarest events we'll ever experience. So get creative, dig deep and turn your celebration into eight days of gratitude and compassion. Honor the future -- of all peoples, animals and our Mother Earth -- by making your holiday food and activities vegan-inspired.
Maybe you can add the priestly blessing that parents say to children on Friday night, or the prayer for Creation on neohasid.org. But remember, we who will ultimately pass this world on to our children will only get to wish this blessing once.
From its outset, the Torah posits an ongoing tension between two imperatives - the universal and the particular: The God of Israel is the God of all humanity, so morality transcends nationality, but Jews have additional obligations they are commanded to keep.
Interweaving two holidays helps us examine what it means to come together. How does a national story converge with a minority's perseverance? How do we unite while not disappearing into a single narrative of the dominant?
On Hanukkah we wish one another, Hanukkah same'ah! 'Happy Hanukkah!' Because it's a celebration, a remembrance of something good, a time in our mythic past when our ancestors saw miracles . . . and needed them.
To squeeze everything we can out of this big opportunity, here are a few ways to make your Thanksgiving/ Hanukkah mash up a "Channu-copia" of great-tasting fun!
Maybe, after all, there was a deep inner connection. Certainly, Hanukkah never belonged with Christmas. Perhaps the Messiah has been waiting for just this astrological conjunction.
There are becoming more and more opportunities to help people all over the world -- without even leaving your home or spending any extra money. And even better, you know exactly how your donation is helping.
If it's a good squishy loaf, I can eat it all in one sitting. And, please, hold the crust.