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Gift-free ways to celebrate

MAAYAN JAFFE | JNS.org | Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 10:00 am

Despite Hanukkah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play – pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls how while growing up in a secular Jewish household, his parents made an extra effort to give Hanukkah gifts every night. Sometimes, they needed to get creative, like wrapping socks or delivering a gift from an extended family member.

Without even a rendition of “Rock of Ages” around the Hanukkah menorah, Arnold says the holiday had one meaning: presents. Today, however, married with three children ranging in age from 9 to 18, Arnold – like many other parents – tries to infuse more meaning into the Festival of Lights.

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