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Halfway Through Hanukkah

Like most Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is the story of a bad king who tried to get rid of the Jews but failed. Who was that king again? Antiochus or Ahasuerus? When our kids were little, we knew the answer right … Continue reading

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A Song for Hanukkah

Hanukkah, our favorite family holiday, isn’t always convenient for the family. There have been many years when we postponed our celebration until winter break when our kids could make the trek home. This year, thanks to Jewish holiday drift, the … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Yays and Boos

Hanukkah begins on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16 – and this year, it’s where it should be on the calendar, a whole three weeks after Thanksgiving and a little bit before Christmas. Everyone remembers last year’s Thanksgivukkah debacle. That got us … Continue reading

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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Reason to Celebrate

 What would Myles Standish think about playing dreidel right after he finished his pumpkin pie? Would Judah Maccabee enjoy a second helping of candied sweet potatoes? While these two historical figures are separated by thousands of years, their holiday stories … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Wrap-Up

Quick! Before the last Hanukkah candle burns down, we wanted to get our two cents in. You know The Word Mavens have an opinion on how Hanukkah shaped up this year: Timing This year, Hanukkah arrived four days after Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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