Category Archives: Holidays

The Jew and the Christmas Tree

As a Jew growing up in suburban Connecticut, I always wanted a Christmas tree. My¬† parents, raised blocks apart in the Bronx while the Holocaust raged overseas, refused to yield. We celebrated Hanukkah, proudly displaying our menorah in the living … Continue reading

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Where the Lunch Meets the Road

I’m not much of a do-gooder. I don’t readily trust organizations that ask me for money. (Thanks, Father Ritter and Greg Mortenson.) I am as resistant to fad charities as I am to fad books and diets, which is why … Continue reading

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A Day Like Any Other

I didn’t have high expectations for Mother’s Day. That’s because on Friday, Mr. 70 Percent called and asked, “What do you want to do for Mother’s Day?” I was pleased that he had thought of it two full days ahead. … Continue reading

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