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  • Hanukkah’s Penumbra

    Last December, I received an email from a close friend, a woman active in her synagogue, who wrote: “I’ve finally gotten over wanting to be Christian, but I still want to wake on a December morning to a pile of presents.” I empathize. The approaching holidays always give me pause. Hanukkah seems like the season’s…

  • Hanukkah’s penumbra

    Last December, I received an email from a close friend, a woman active in her synagogue, who wrote: “I’ve finally gotten over wanting to be Christian, but I still want to wake on a December morning to a pile of presents.” I empathize. The approaching holidays always give me pause. Hanukkah seems like the season’s…