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How to Appreciate 2016

December 28, 2016


For those of you who look back and see 2016 as a year that felt like a trip through a scary haunted house in which, after you have narrowly avoided death at every turn, the monster waits until you are just outside and then, when you think you are home free, he catches up with […]

The Collision of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving

November 19, 2013


This year, the first night of Hanukkah (or Chanukah, for those able to gargle while speaking) arrives on the evening before Thanksgiving. For Jews in the US, this presents the need for a serious reordering of brain cells. Hanukkah (literal translation: The Holiday We Get, Because Everyone Else gets Christmas) has, for thousands of years […]

Teaching Children US History via Halloween Costumes

October 28, 2011


Huffington Post  has a piece on what they think might be the “worst Halloween costume of all time.”  It’s a World War II Evacuee costume, sold on for an amount equal to about $18.  According to the Huffington Post via blogger Nick Douglas, editor of, the Halloween costume was created  for “National Commemoration […]