The last day of my speaking tours are usually spent in Walmart. That's just the way it goes. I was travelling around the US and Canada for almost two weeks and am expected to return home 'fully loaded.'
Then I saw the sign - "Only 48 days left."
Halloween just passed, thanksgiving hasn't arrived yet, and the Christmas push is already in the happening?! Next thing you know, they'll be advertising Christmas stuff before Labor Day!
How do you feel about Christmas? While for some it is a relatively minor question, for many Jews Christmas - or the lack thereof - is a defining moment.
Can a Jewish family celebrate Christmas - or even just have a tree and give presents - and stay Jewish? What about celebrating Christmas with non-Jewish relatives (or grandparents).
Is modern Christmas a secular, American, holiday, or by definition a Christian one? How do Jewish families ensure that their kids don't feel overly jealous of Christmas, especially on a year like this one (2009) when Christmas and Chanukah do not overlap?
We're about 6 week away from Christmas. This week, think about the questions above. Please send any comments, ideas and concerns you have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week, we'll share some ideas about how Jews can best "handle" the December Dilemma - giving you time to prepare.
News: (a) Welcome to all the new subscribers. I hope you will both gain and contribute to the newsletter; (b) haven't sent anything out in a couple of weeks as I was on tour. Nine cities in Eleven nights - still recovering!; (c) One of highlights was New Orleans, where I spoke to parents of Touro Synagogue's religious school on Raising Kids to LOVE Being Jewish in the morning and gave a talk to New Orleans Jewish educators on How to Inspire Jewish Youth in the afternoon, attended by over 60 educators. Enjoyed the interaction tremendously and learned alot. Gratified by positive feedback. Both talks organized by Eileen Hamiltion, education director or Touro, with a grant from the New Orleans Federation. A big thanks! (d) one lesson from NO is that Jewish educators from across the spectrum CAn come to together to learn and share. Judging from the people I met this trip, we have a lot of positive energy going forward!