“Can You Explain Hanukkah to Our Students?”

So many of us get the call his time of year: “Can you come explain Hanukkah to our students?” I got the call when our younger daughter was in 5th grade. And the request was to explain Hanukkah as part of Christmas Around the World Day – to all five of the 5th grade classes. Of course, I’d be glad to, I said to the teacher. And then, to myself, “Oh [bleep]. How can I keep their attention?” Also, how could I explain in a respectful – and brief – way that: Hanukkah isn’t the Jewish Christmas; it’s a minor holiday and a fluke of the calendar that they both are usually in … [Read more...]