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My Chanukah Epiphany

The following article appeared in the Idaho Statesman on December 25, 2005.

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In the days ahead, you may observe your Jewish neighbor’s front window aglow with flickering flames. You may also notice large menorahs (eight-branched candelabras) standing tall in public thoroughfares – joining tens of thousands of such displays from Bangkok to Boise.

This is all a central part of the observance of Chanukah, a festival dating back some 2,100 years when a small Jewish army triumphed over the powerful and oppressive Assyrians, establishing a celebration of religious freedom for the ages.

Contrary to popular perception, these displays are not for the purpose of securing &… Read More »

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