It’s that busy time of the year (is there ever not a busy time of the year?). Hanukkah’s over but we’re still celebrating the December holidays with friends and family, colleagues and communities. You need a break, we need a break, time for a hodgepodge of links. Happy reading!
Take a break…
- In The Forward, Edgar Bronfman opines on the rising profile of interfaith discussions in the Jewish community. My favorite excerpt? “Intermarriage today can even be an opportunity for a stronger embrace of Jewish identity… [My nephew] became engaged to a non-Jew, and when his fiancĂ©e decided to convert, he decided to join her in study. In the old paradigm, the community would have lost one uneducated Jew; instead, it has gained a Jewish family.”
- Many people come to our site when they’re getting married, starting to plan a wedding. This blog post on planning a wedding within a budget, while still meeting the couple’s goals, seemed like it might be helpful.
- Have you ever wanted to see Noah’s ark? Go to Kentucky.
- Thanking JSpot for pointing us to it, check out MaNishtana, “an awesome website aimed at creating community for and by Jews of Color (JOC).”
- To my joy and surprise, we’ve had a few comments on our discussion boards over the last week about the Jewish or Hebrew calendar and its often confusing and complicated particularities. So for those calendar geeks (myself included), The December Dilemma: 10 Tevet on Friday.
- Rachel Barenblat, the Velveteen Rabbi, has two Jewish graphic novel recommendations.
And now back to the holidays…
- Boston.com offers visual tips for interfaith families during the holidays.
- A column in J Weekly encourages the Jewish community not to be afraid to say “merry Christmas.”
- Our December Holidays survey continues to make the rounds.
- On Slate, an interesting piece about trying to avoid Christmas specials on TV. (And, of all places, Snopes has an interesting conversation about the Slate article.)
- Aside from Michael Chabon, how many other Jews know Luke 2:8-14 by heart, thanks to A Charlie Brown Christmas?
- The blog Goyim in the Kitchen offers up some holiday treats for chocolate haters.
Until the next hodge podge…
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