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Dispelling the dark with the lights of Chanukah

Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:35 am

Parshat Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1–40:23

After all our efforts to separate Chanukah and Christmas, pushing back against the tide of assimilation, our constant declarations that these are completely different, unrelated, and distinct holidays, and despite their chronological proximity … it’s no accident that both holidays are celebrated at this time of year. It’s no mere coincidence that both are associated with the lighting of lights, stringing lights on trees, around homes, or placing lights in windows. Because, in fact, Christmas and Chanukah are related through a common symbol.

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