Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774
Have yourself a diverse and inclusive holiday, say those who celebrate both
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Kesack home in Maple Glen is adorned with a 5-foot-high menorah, dreidels and various other Chanukah paraphernalia. Some of it even hangs along with snowmen and lights on the Christmas tree in the middle of the family's living room. "We do Chanukah, and we do the commercial aspects of Christmas," said Andrea Kesack, who is raising her three young...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Music for Chanukah, which begins on a Friday evening this year, varies widely from the traditional to the modern, from the serious and sublime to the silly, from the liturgical to contemporary whimsy and humorous satire. Cantors and music educators strive to bring the joy of the festival into the homes of students and their families through the music they...
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Jeff Penfil, a Chester County dentist, readily admits that some may find it a little hokey that he likes to affix a giant menorah to the roof of his Subaru SUV -- and leave it there for the eight days and nights of Chanukah. As it turns out, the West Goshen resident doesn't have to go far to elicit some...
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And it wasn't for good behavior: Battling materialism at the holidays
By:
​Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
We've all heard it before -- the "Mom-I-really-need-this" plea from our children. What exactly "this" is varies with age and influence, and sometimes, it really is a legitimate need. Yet more often than not, it's something that will occupy them briefly before being discarded in favor of a newer, more urgently coveted item. Materialism has become the scourge of American...
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As Chanukah revs up, here's a holiday news nugget for those who may experience "wrap rage" this season: According to a poll of Pennsylvania adults, about 17 percent of state residents experienced an injury -- or know someone who was injured -- while opening gifts during past seasons. The Patient Poll, conducted by the Institute for Good Medicine at the...
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