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At the Confluence of Memory & Presence

At the Confluence of Memory & Presence

November 30, 2021 ~ 27 Kislev 5782

As we enter Chanukah (the Festival of Light), this year, we are barely finished cleaning up from Thanksgiving and many of us will happily pair our latkes (potato pancakes) with leftover cranberry relish.

We often remark about Chanukah being “early” (in close proximity to Thanksgiving in the United States) or “late” (in close proximity to Christmas). This is because we are accustomed to living in the cycle and rhythms of the Gregorian calendar. Here in North America, and for me, now, here in Tennessee, my neighbors had already begun to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving week.


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