Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

You may have seen a menorah, heard a song about a dreidel, seen golden chocolate coins for sale, or have heard bits and pieces about the holiday of Hanukkah.   I grew up celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas since my mother and stepdad adhere to Reform Judaism. Most of what I remember is losing a lotContinue reading “Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!”

The Story Behind Silent Night

I love singing Christmas songs. Some have gotten old, some have become annoying yet I still find myself humming, “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas,” while doing the dishes, and some are enchanting like the hymn Silent Night. The text below comes from the third stanza and has been sung to celebrate the birth ofContinue reading “The Story Behind Silent Night”

Courage in the Face of Fear

Instinctively, we as humans hide or run away when we are afraid. This is why, so often in history, present-day and pop-culture, we admire those who are brave and decide to face their fears head-on. We watch dozens of movies about superhero’s as the appeal of one person (or a team if you are intoContinue reading “Courage in the Face of Fear”