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Posted: Mon, 12/19/2011 - 15:46 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Kudos to Sue Fishkoff, a longtime Jewish journalist and author who is now editor of J., San Francisco’s Jewish newspaper, for “My Family Tree Is Loaded With Tinsel,” a brave piece about Christmas.

Posted: Fri, 12/16/2011 - 11:11 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

With Chanukah just a few days away, and Christmas not far behind, the Intertubes are not surprisingly very, very congested with interesting Chanukah-Christmas Chatter. (Isn’t it cool that each of those three words starts with C-H, but in each one it’s pronounced differently? Clearly I’ve been spending a lot of time with my learning-to-read 5-year-old!)

Posted: Thu, 12/15/2011 - 14:59 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I knew if I procrastinated enough on responding to Jack Wertheimer's op-ed on the UJA-Federation initiative someone else would do it for me.

Posted: Wed, 12/14/2011 - 14:19 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I haven’t forgotten my pledge to respond to Dr. Jack Wertheimer’s op-ed. And, of course, I still remember my earlier promise to post more articles and resources about “December Dilemma” — which from now on I’m thinking of referring to as DD or D&D. Or maybe I could call it the Kislev Konundrum, although all those K’s start sounding a bit Teutonic.

Posted: Tue, 12/13/2011 - 20:18 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I know I promised you some December Dilemma resources.

But in the meantime, here’s an example of what NOT to do should you be invited over the home of an intermarried relative who has a “towering” Christmas tree “decorated with blue tinsel and blue ornaments, topped with a lit Star of David”:

I asked Marlene how she could so blatantly disrespect the Jewish religion by having such a sacrilegious symbol in her home. Perhaps I went too far when I asked if she thought her grandparents, who were Holocaust survivors, would approve.

Posted: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 15:42 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

On Sunday I had the honor of giving a talk at The Museum of Jewish Heritage on the so-called December Dilemma. I’m posting an edited version of my speech here, along with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s brilliant “Can I Interest You In Chanukah?,” which, because I love it so much, I had to include in the speech:

I’m going to start today, as I started a column a few years ago, with the story of the Jewish boy who got Christmas presents from the family dog.