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Living in dreidel land

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I stepped outside last night for my evening walk and saw my town square festooned with giant glowing dreidels – a festival of whimsy, color and kitsch. The dreidels glowed in alternating colors, lighting up the square. Just the thing to lift my spirits after a hard day’s work on Zoom. I love living in a city that does not take itself too seriously. In Ramat Gan, it seems it’s always carnival time. We have garlands of light bulbs in the trees lighting up our main streets all year round. In June, the entrance to the city hall was painted in rainbow stripes in honor of pride month. The homepage of our municipality is adorned with cartoons.

So I wasn’t shocked to see the giant dreidels splayed out across the town square. I was truly delighted. I grew up in Christmas-land, Connecticut to be exact. I loved the Christmas carols and candy canes. I loved seeing my neighbors’ Christmas lights. I knew that inside those houses there were beautiful Christmas trees surrounded by presents. A strange mix of joy and envy engulfed me each December. Our parents took us into the city to see the Christmas windows. Eating hot........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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