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Christmas for Christians – and Jews, too?

Is Christmas a Christian holiday? Maybe the people who keep urging us to put the Christ back in Christmas have a point. At a time when a growing number of Americans identify with no religious institution, we’ve lost much of the holiday’s religious value. But many historians believe the historical Jesus was born in the … Continue reading

Kitchen Confidential and the eating season

Tis the season for eating. And therefore, tis also the season for cooking. I can’t help but notice that my favorite cooks (i.e., anyone willing to make me a meal) have particularly strong preferences when it comes to how things are done in their kitchen. A kindly woman can turn ferocious when guarding her kitchen. … Continue reading

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