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Posts Tagged ‘Chanukkah

Christmas Missing

Posted by: erika on: December 16, 2014

For the first time in over 4 years I actually miss Christmas. Living in New York, Christmas comes in with a bang. Between the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, the tree at Rockefeller Center and the lights strung up in neighborhoods, Christmas is all around you. The music gets stuck in your head as you […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah:2 for 1-Punk Jews and Let’s Eat!

Posted by: erika on: December 12, 2012

I missed last night…I barely lit candles (had to blow them out). It was a crazy-long day that ended all the way up on the Upper West Side to watch a movie about Jews, what else? The movie in question, Punk Jews, is an hour-long look into the lives of Jews who live “on the […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Where Does Hanukkah Come From?

Posted by: erika on: December 9, 2012

  Hanukkah is probably the most widely known Jewish holiday for Americans living outside of New York. Which is to say that if you’re a person who, say, grew up in Ohio when you thought Jewish you thought Hanukkah. The proximity to Christmas helped me to be a fair retail manager. I encouraged my associates […]

Hanukkah, and other things I learned in Conversion Class

Posted by: erika on: February 9, 2011

Tonight’s conversion class was about Chanukah.  I gotta be real, I was sort of thinking about skipping tonight because I felt like I knew almost everything there was to know about Hanukkah, including different ways of spelling it.  Last trimester, our last class was on the first night of Hanukkah and we lit the Hanukkah […]


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