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Date: 2017-01-12 03:23 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
I do agree with you that chanukah can fairly easily coexist with big cultural celebrations (or with weeks in mid-December with no special significance) because it just happens, and doesn't take over your whole life.

This is sort of the opposite of what I was saying! A lot of identity-anxious Jews emphasize the minor-ness of Chanukah as a way of distinguishing it from Christmas, and I think for a lot of Jews, Chanukah is JUST lighting the chanukiah and maybe exchanging gifts, a blink and you miss it observance. What I was saying is that even though it's comparatively minor, it does have religious substance for me: Shacharis davening is twice as long, because of the additions, because of the themes of recognizing Hashem's constant intervention in the world that we are emphasizing. I'd be aware of Chanukah even if it didn't coincide with Christmas. I worry that emphasizing the minor-ness makes people think Chanukah is less significant than it is.
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