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December 06, 2012 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-06

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Chanukah

mpressions of Chanukah – with
Lights."
some Christmas thrown in –
Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut takes a
enter into two books by Jews
different approach to December
exploring the December holiday
celebrations with A Kosher
season.
Christmas: 'Tis the Season to Be
Emily Franklin, who grew up with
Jewish (Rutgers University Press).
menorahs and Christmas trees in
He examines the different ways
her Jewish home (married, she now Jews have incorporated the holiday
limits her celebrations to Jewish
mood into their lives with positive
traditions), sought input
outcomes.
from 18 youngish writ-
"By focusing on Jewish
ers (Jonathan Tropper,
activities and responses
HOW TO SPELL
Jennifer Gilmore and
during the December
CHAN UK Al-1
Adam Langer, among
holiday season, we
AND orii ER RRLIERY
them) for How to Spell
encounter
... a multitude
DILE MMAS
Chanukah ... And Other
of distinctive strategies
Holiday Dilemmas
that portray how Jews
El3hfe., Wrsf tr. cel...fe
(Algonquin Paperbacks).
survive and thrive in
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The book of essays –
American society and
some funny, some irrev-
how they transform
erent, some nostalgic
Christmastime in a holi-
– offers diverse takes on
day season belonging to
the holiday, like this one
all Americans," the rabbi
from novelist Joshua
says.
Braff: "What a holiday!
Plaut's chapters cover
No pestilence, no slav-
the activities of Jewish
ery, no locusts, no cattle
immigrants coming to
disease or atonement.
America and reacting to
No synagogue, no guilt,
Christmas observances,
Ti the Seaso 'Ito 'Be Jewish
no mortar and no real
the celebration of
lesson to be absorbed
Chanukah, Christmas Day
and passed down to my Jewish
outings (such as going to Chinese
offspring. Thank God!" Joshua
restaurants), new approaches to
Neuman recalls a Chanukah cel-
the holidays, the essence of giv-
ebration marred by his failure mar-
ing and volunteering in the holiday
keting Christmas novelties while
spirit, and combinations of celebra-
Amy Klein relates her years in
tions.
Israel, a country where Christmas
"Today, for many Jews in the
was not the central focus.
United States, Christmas is a time
"Readers will find stories that
to assert their pride in being both
are funny, sad and interesting,"
Jewish and American," says Plaut,
Franklin says. As many ways as
referring to efforts that express
there are to spell the holiday, so
gestures of joy and hope as the
are there ways to enjoy, anticipate,
holiday season unfolds.
loathe and love the Festival of
— Suzanne Chessler

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