20 • November 2010
A Jew For All
How faith colors our world—an American tale.
By Karen Schwartz
C O D Y G R I F F I T H
he holiday season is upon us. From the ﬁrst fake cobwebs — up too early in October —straight through to when the neighbors ﬁnally take down their Christmas lights, ’tis theseason when America puts Santa ﬁrst. And while the mall has made strides to be inclusive by adding a dreidel display, and few can pinpoint exactly what might make Thanksgiving NOT a Jewish holiday, it’s alsoa time of year where it’s easy to feel a pull between the rush of getting wrapped up in thenational “holiday spirit” and the striking sensation that as Jews, they’re not allnecessarily our holidays.It’s a “healthy and exciting tension we live with,” says Rabbi Eric Grossman about thespace Jews navigate living in a non-Jewish culture. Grossman, who heads the FrankelJewish Academy in West Bloomﬁeld, says he doesn’t see it as negative to draw linesas to what ﬁts in with Jewish customs, traditions and values.