The outlines of Jewish assimilation and identity in Idelsohn Society’s Christmas/Chanukah 2-CD set.
Special to the Jewish Week
December wasn’t always like this. Christmas only became an official American holiday by act of Congress in 1870. Chanukah was considered a minor Jewish holiday back then. And there were no big-box stores crushing the life out of local entrepreneurs and sparking a shopping dementia that began the day after Thanksgiving (if not earlier).