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Sumter has a rich Jewish history. Like many others, Jews arrived in South Carolina seeking the freedom to practice their faith without persecution. The 1669 Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina allowed "Jews, heathens and other dissenters" the … more
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, The ConversationAfter Thanksgiving, Americans turn their attention to shopping with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday as well as holidays such as Hanukkah and Christmas. … more
Like most of us, there's a part of me that has lost a little faith in humanity over the past couple years. I know that's not the best way to start a "faith" piece, especially over the Christmas season. But hold on - we'll get to that. In the real … more
Dreidels are especially popular during the eight-day Jewish festival of Chanukah. Even though they may seem like novelty items for children, dreidels have a rich and interesting history. In ancient times, Greek Syrians infiltrated … more
Religious milestones can be fun and memorable and are commonly celebrated with family and friends. Children typically receive gifts upon fulfilling the sacraments, such as First Holy Communion or the sacrament of … more
According to the Pew Research Center, Christians were the largest religious group in the world in 2015. In the 2017 report, "The Changing Global Religious Landscape," the Pew Research Center states that there are roughly 2.3 billion … more
Every year around this time, I overhear folks sharing these all-too-familiar words: "I'm so busy!" Although Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, we do our best making it the most frantic and exhausting time of year. As we … more
The hustle and bustle of the often hectic holiday season can make it easy to overlook religion during this special time of year. Come the holidays, adherents of Judaism celebrate Chanukah while many Christians celebrate Christmas. … more
I can remember growing up as a child and the anxiety that continued to build throughout the holiday season. The closer it got to Christmas, the more excited I became, until by Christmas Eve, I could hardly stand it. Part of me wanted to go to bed … more
God never meant for children to receive underwear for Christmas. The Wise Men did not bring Jesus underwear as one of their gifts. Christmas is for toys and joys. Underwear falls into neither category. Yet, every year of childhood, one of my … more
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