Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Sue Fishkoff's Christmas

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.

Cheery And Challenging Chanukah-Christmas Chatter

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!)

J.W. Versus J.W.

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.

Doctor, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs -- And The Chief Rabbinate

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.

The Towering Chanukah Bush

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.

It's Not My Least Unfavorite Time Of Year

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.

Postmortem From The Latest Israel-Diaspora Jewhaha

 

So, as you no doubt have already heard, Netanyahu, in response to complaints from major American Jewish groups, has pulled the controversial “Come Home Quick, Before You Assimilate Into Nothingness” commercials (which are apparently, according to a representative from Israel’s Ministry of Absorption, part of an only $300,000 campaign; I apologize for misstating this, based on information I perhaps misinterpreted on The Jewish Channel’s report).

Postmortem From The Latest Israel-Diaspora Jewhaha

 

So, as you no doubt have already heard, Netanyahu, in response to complaints from major American Jewish groups, has pulled the controversial “Come Home Quick, Before You Assimilate Into Nothingness” commercials (which are apparently, according to a representative from Israel’s Ministry of Absorption, part of an only $300,000 campaign; I apologize for misstating this, based on information I perhaps misinterpreted on The Jewish Channel’s report).

Israel To Ex-Pats: Come Home Before Your Kids Start Celebrating Xmas

Hat tip to Jeffrey Goldberg and The Jewish Channel for bringing to our attention a series of scare-tactic commercials the Israeli government's Ministry of Absorption is running to encourage Israeli Jews in the U.S. to return home — before it’s too late.

By too late, I mean before they start dating clueless Americans (Jewish or otherwise) who don’t “understand” Israeli holidays like Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance, and before they start having children who call them “Daddy” instead of “Abba” and talk about Christmas instead of Chanukah.

To my delight, Goldberg, who can always be relied upon for an astute analysis but has not previously, to the best of my knowledge, had much to say about intermarriage, noted in his discussion of the Israeli government’s $790,000 ad campaign, that while his views are “complicated,” intermarriage “can also be understood as an opportunity.”

Israel To Ex-Pats: Come Home Before Your Kids Start Celebrating Xmas

Hat tip to Jeffrey Goldberg and The Jewish Channel for bringing to our attention a series of scare-tactic commercials the Israeli government's Ministry of Absorption is running to encourage Israeli Jews in the U.S. to return home — before it’s too late.

By too late, I mean before they start dating clueless Americans (Jewish or otherwise) who don’t “understand” Israeli holidays like Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance, and before they start having children who call them “Daddy” instead of “Abba” and talk about Christmas instead of Chanukah.

To my delight, Goldberg, who can always be relied upon for an astute analysis but has not previously, to the best of my knowledge, had much to say about intermarriage, noted in his discussion of the Israeli government’s $790,000 ad campaign, that while his views are “complicated,” intermarriage “can also be understood as an opportunity.”

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