Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Av 13, 5775
And it wasn't for good behavior: Battling materialism at the holidays
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​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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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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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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By:
Miriam Peskowitz, JE Feature
You might think I'm here to tell you to give fewer presents this year. I am, after all, the author of books that remind us of the simple pleasures, and suggest what to do with baking soda from the pantry and white paper from the closet. Add that to the current economic climate, with nearly everyone still reeling from the...
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By:
Rachel Levy Lesser, JE Feature
Ten years ago, Daniel Singer was playing the traditional game of dreidel at a Chanukah party, and he thought that there just had "to be a better way for adults to play a holiday game with their children." The monotony of the old game was "worse than Candy Land," thought Singer, a project manager at a telecommunications company by day...
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