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Alan Gross Release Hailed as Hanukkah ‘Miracle,’ First Step in ‘Normalized’ U.S.-Cuba Relations
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

President Obama chose the Dec. 17 release as a springboard to announce a massive historic “normalization” of U.S.-Cuba relations. Alan Gross, the Jewish international aid worker h ...

Why Jews Skipped Hanukkah and Wrote the Most Beloved Christmas Songs
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

“White Christmas,” written by Jewish lyricist Irving Berlin, topped the charts in 1942 and launched popular Christmas music, encouraging many others — Jews and non-Jews — to write more odes to the holiday. ...

Plea to Non-Christians: You Take Santa, Please
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for non-Christians to step up and adopt Santa. Write him into the Ramadan tradition, or fold the jolly old elf into Hanukkah. Put some Kringle in your Karma. On behalf o ...

A New Look at Giving Tuesday: More Give to Religion Than Realize It
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 7:20pm | Type: Blog

This is Giving Tuesday, when nonprofits of every stripe hope to attract some of the billions of dollars to be spent during the Hanukkah and Christmas season. This is  Giving Tues ...

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah Converge on 'Thanksgivukkah' for First Time Since 1888
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

It last happened in 1888 and, according to one calculation, won’t happen again for another 77,798 years: the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.  It last happened in 1888 an ...

Breaking Bread in Faith and Love
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

In the Bible, few dine alone. Small wonder that Christians and Jews see sharing a meal with family, guests, and strangers as a form of spiritual nourishment and hospitality — as valuable as the bread passed ar ...