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Holiday Advocacy

How do we respect and protect our neighbor’s freedom of religion or belief this holiday season?


There we were, a hole in the putting green ten feet away and a gaudy bracelet hanging off my student’s tiny wrist, jangling every time the club in her hands collided with the golf ball.


“I like your bracelet,” I told her after a particularly jingly jangle.


“Thanks,” she replied with another swing. “I got it for Secret Maccabee at school.”


We watched the little white ball come to a slothful halt several yards shy of its target.


“What’s that?” I asked.


“Well, I celebrate Christmas at home, but I go to a Jewish school. So, I’m learning about Hanukkah and we do Secret Maccabee instead of Secret Santa.”


Another swing, another micro-bell chorus from her wrist.


“So, you get to celebrate one and learn about the other? That’s so cool.”