Hanukkah: a celebration of light and freedom

COVER STORY: The inspiration of Hanukkah

  • PREPARE NOW—Hanukkah begins on the evening of December 16. It’s a relatively minor Jewish festival, but its themes are powerful. Freedom is celebrated as Jewish families shine lights in the darkness. These signs inspire all of us who aspire to be peacemakers. We are publishing our Hanukkah stories early this year, because you’ll find recommendations of books that you might want to share with friends during the 8-day festival.
  • PLUS—Today’s Hanukkah column includes links to wonderful stories by Debra Darvick (including her Dear Abby-style columns), Feed The Spirit (a true story of “front porch latkes”) and Rabbi Bob Alper with his marvelous “Mrs. Steinberg’s Christmas Tree.”


OUR VALUES—In a season when millions are remembering the long struggle for freedom, Americans coast to coast are grappling with difficult questions about racial attitudes and public policy. University of Michigan sociologist Wayne Baker is devoting this week’s OurValues series to “Race in America.”


MASTER CALENDAR—You can always find the full listing at www.InterfaithHolidays.com



  • RODNEY CURTIS IS BACK—Known to many readers as “The Spiritual Wanderer,” Rodney Curtis writes this week about wandering around, sometimes, at night. In this darkest season of the year (for our Northern Hemisphere readers), do you find that your sleep is troubled? Many famous writers, including Charles Dickens, rarely slept through the night (the Christmas Carol wasn’t entirely fiction). Maybe Rodney’s tale (and fascinating links) will help you sleep better this month.



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