Captain America in a turban • Poll: American Jews identifying as more cultural, less religious • Is Christian-owned Hobby Lobby boycotting Hanukkah? • The Religious Dorm at the Public University • When Holidays Collide, You Get The 'Menurkey'
Last week's top news, from our perspective:
An American Sikh man put on a Captain America costume and explored New York City. The piece he wrote about the experience is fun, funny, enlightening, hopeful, and more.
The percentage of Jews who identify as Jewish solely by culture or ancestry rather than religion has jumped from 7 percent to 22 percent since 2000, according to the poll, the first comprehensive survey of American Jews in more than a decade.
The national craft store owned by conservative billionaire Steve Green seemingly refuses to carry merchandise related to Hanukkah because of Green’s “Christian values,” and some Jews are taking offense.
Kosher dorms, Christian fraternity houses and specialized housing based on values have become part of modern college life. But the dorm on Troy's campus of 7,000 students is among a new wave of religious-themed housing that constitutional scholars and others say is pushing the boundaries of how much a public university can back religion.
In a rare convergence of the calendar, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights that typically commences close to Christmas, fall on the same date in 2013: Nov. 28. And Thanksgivukkah has become a bold platform for expression, with creations ranging from sweet-potato latkes to the "Menurkey."
The reason for the fuss: It is a holiday mashup that has happened only once before—in 1888—according to those who track the Jewish calendar. And it is one that isn't set to happen again for potentially another 70,000-plus years.