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How Israel’s new president (almost) ruined my Hanukah

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Hanukah really is special here in Israel. I love how much my young kids are into it and come home from a day at Gan singing the Hanukah songs they learned there. And I love how even potentially depressing places like a hospital’s hallways are brightened up by people bringing their kids, many of whom are off from school for the holiday, with them wherever they go. I love the joy and celebration in the air.

But Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, Israel’s new president, came pretty close to ruining the holiday for me.

We live in highly politicized and polarized times, yet I’ve mostly been able to experience Hanukah as free of that, as a beautiful Festival of Lights that, as the Talmud instructs us, is much more about the candles and the miracle of light than it is a celebration of the military victory of the Maccabees and the possibility of building a new Temple.

But Herzog........

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