Dear non-Jewish friends and family,
I know that Chanukah is that time of year when you're so proud of yourself for knowing that Chanukah is coming up. Really, I'm proud of you too! But Chanukah is like the speedbump of Jewish holidays. I don't even take off work. And you all very much noticed that I took off 11 days of work and school this September.
If you want to help me celebrate Jewish holidays, I would love that! But stop making a big deal out of Chanukah. Secular society celebrates it so that it can feel multicultural at a time when it knows it is the least inclusive of religious minorities. That makes me much less keen to have that be the only holiday we celebrate together. Let's start with Purim and go from there, ok?
Have a happy Chanukah next week! Eat lots of jelly doughnuts for me!