All tagged Hanukkah

A Celebration of Light

Last Christmas Eve, I watched my son’s face, awash with delight as he ran up to a Christmas tree, the lights dancing and flashing around him, as voices joined in unison echoing off the walls and the dramatic ceiling, celebrating the birth of the Savior.

3 Stories and the Revisionist Message of Hanukkah

As we enter this festive time of the year, it’s hard to feel light-hearted and happy. The lights are up in the city, twinkling in the early darkness of the season. Fragrant doughnuts are offered in every bakery in new, tempting flavors. Yet, the heaviness of threat and violence lurks in the back of my mind, and I feel unsettled even while I continue as if all is normal.

8 Views on Hannukkah from Israel and Palestine

The Festival of Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is a minor Jewish holiday that is often dwarfed by the excitement and magic of Christmas in the Western world. In Israel, though, Hanukkah is the main (and only) winter holiday for Israeli Jews, and in recent years it has become increasingly commercialized (perhaps as a response to the lavish Christmas celebrations in other areas of the world). Children are home from school for over a week, people indulge in deep-fried foods, and kids beg their parents to take them to expensive plays and activities.