Where's Santa Claus?
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couple of years ago, our family was
relaxing over dessert of a yom toy
(holiday) dinner and my now young
adult children were reminiscing.
Each person's contribution sparked someone
I found the conversation .
amazing on two levels. First,
it was more than enlighten-
ing to hear about events I
was familiar with from my
children's perspective, partic-
ularly the different impor-
tance we each placed on the
same incidents. But even
more revealing was the shar-
ing of situations or events of
Special to the which I had not been aware.
Talk turned from Jewish
holidays to secular celebra-
tions, particularly those times
when the two cultures were
at odds. Christmas, of
course, evoked the most discusiion. We all
related to the stories of explaining to a class-
mate, coworker,. clerk or vendor that we were
not interested in purchasing any special "sea-
sonal" paper, cards, music or Honey Baked
Ham. And, each of us had had at least one
episode of explaining to someone that
Christmas was an important religious occa-
sion, not an American holiday; and we were
not of that religion.
"I remember how I stayed awake almost all
night on Christmas Eve, watching out the
window for Santa Claus," my youngest son
I thought I hadn't heard him correctly. "You
watched for Santa Claus?"
"So did I," his•sister agreed. "We did it for
My husband and I looked at each other with
matched bewilderment. All our children had
attended Hebrew day school until they were
about 13 years old. Santa Claus certainly was
not a concept they got from school.
"I thought we were very clear about not
expecting Santa Claus," I said. "What ever
made you want to watch for him?"
"We knew he wasn't coming to our house,"
came the response, "but TV and the stores all
told us he was going to deliver toys. So we
watched for him to come to the McGills'
house or the Mlosticks' or the Jacksons'."
Another lesson learned after the fact. When
explaining things to children, be very specific. ri
Sharon Rocklin is a Farmington Hills resident.
ews in Corpus Christi, Tex.;
Asuncion, Paraguay; and
Sacramento, Calif, all have
something in common. What
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The- 10-foot-tall menorah and spinning dreidel in the front yard of
Rabbi Mendy and Chaya Masha Stock's Oak Park home.
"When I light my Shabbat candle,
spirituality, emotions and peace over-
come me. I pray for peace and love
and for the needy and sick. I started
lighting at age 3 and never missed it
"After the tragic loss of Minnesota
Senator Paul Wellstone in an airplane
crash last month, Carl Levin, the senior
senator from Michigan, stands out as
the most prominent, outspoken and
unabashed Jewish liberal in the Senate."
— As quoted in "Forward 50
for 2002," in the Forward newspaper's
Nov. 15 issue.
"Terror has no religion and no race.
Terror should be condemned regardless
of its source... Turkey will continue its
ties with Israel on the basis of the com-
mon interests of both sides."
— Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of
Turkey's Justice and Development Par,
the winner in parliamentary elections held
in the strategically positioned Mideast
country as quoted by JTA.
Aidel Finman, age 13, Oak Park
Friday, Dec. 6: 4:41 p.m.
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Things aren't always as they appear.
From this guy, you want to steer clear.
He's not what you wish.
This loser is fish,
Gezunt un meshuge,* my dear.
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
Saturday, Dec. 7: 5:48 p.m.
*- (idiomatic) hale, hearty, but crazy;
(literal) fresh, healthy and crazy
Friday, Dec. 13: 4:42 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14: 5:49 p.m.
Someone with his head in the
clouds; an impractical, but optimistic
Source: The Joys Of Yiddish by Leo