Taking the Christmas out of Hanukkah

As American Jews, we face the challenge of preserving the Jewish ideals of Hanukkah in the midst of a commercialized Christmas-oriented society.

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The new American Jewish miracle during our festival of lights is that we can observe and appreciate other lights without being a nervous minority or feeling spiritually inadequate. And we can be a light to others by reversing the commercialization that has also corrupted the birthday of a Jewish boy who radically preached the need to return to spirituality.

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Yosef I. Abramowitz

Yosef Israel Abramowitz is a writer and serial social entrepreneur in the Jewish and social justice realms. He is the co-founder of Jewish Family & Life! and he has produced much of the content for BabagaNewz, JVibe, JBooks, SocialAction.com, and Sh'ma.