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Parashat Mikeitz (December 20, 2014)
by Jennifer Knobe

CHILDREN ACROSS MOST DENOMINATIONS look forward to the winter holiday season with the anticipation of holiday sweets, traditions, gifts and gatherings. My nephew Matthew was just like the millions of elementary school kids who collect a meaningful piece of memorabilia from home and share its importance with his fellow fourth-grade classmates.

Explaining the word “dreidel” and its Hebrew letters on all four sides while spinning it on the tabletop filled Matthew with more than basic enjoyment, it also externally demonstrated his emerging Jewish identity. The majority of students in his class, unfamiliar with the Chanukah holiday, were intrigued and interested. Others, unfortunately, were unkind and incapable of accepting any alternate December holiday tradition except for Christmas, and Matthew’s joy was squashed when his “show and tell” dreidels were taken from his desk drawer and trashed by a few rogue schoolchildren.

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