Our 4-year-old is learning that different people celebrate differently and that some Jews celebrate Christmas and some Jews celebrate Shabbat.
As much as I want to dispel my son’s fears when his younger brother tells a stranger we are Jewish, I can’t in good faith tell him not to be afraid, even if I’m sparing him all the details why.
I am a Jew by choice, I was raised a Muslim, and my mother is an ordained Baptist minister. This year, for the first time ever, my mother decided to put up a Christmas tree.
earning about the working peoples of the mid-century American Left, and the folk musicians they inspired, gave me hope that what once existed might exist again in some form (a desire that parallels many elements from the Hanukkah story).