Hanukkah and Christmas converge … well, sort of

COVER STORY:

th Amy Jill Levine and her book The Short Stories of JesusRediscovering Jesus
with Amy-Jill Levine

Hanukkah and Christmas converge often enough that millions of Jewish parents refer to the confusion as “The December Dilemma,” which is unfortunate since both holidays proclaim inspiring messages of  hope. This week, we invite our readers to meet one of the most esteemed Bible scholars teaching in America today: Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt in Nashville. We’re recommending her latest book, Short Stories by Jesus. The book’s main goal is to help readers rediscover the original meanings of Jesus’s beloved stories—and, along the way, Levine helps readers to avoid perpetuating dangerous, anti-Jewish stereotypes.

OUR VALUES:
“War on Christmas”?

th Bill O Reilly Declares the War On Christmas Begins YouTubeFor nearly a decade, millions of Fox-TV fans have spent December spreading the story that there’s another “War on Christmas.” This week, University of Michigan sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker explores this phenomenon in his OurValues series. Stay tuned all week! He will share some fascinating stories from America’s holiday history, plus solid data from Pew about our holiday habits.

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th Hanukkah_candles

th Kwanzaa-party-celebration

PRACTICE
‘PEACE-GIVING’

th Joyeux Noel the Christmas truce

DO OUR DOGS GO TO HEAVEN?

th Pope Francis I

POPULAR CULTURE,
FILM, FAITH & MORE

th Leonard Lauder Postcard collection

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