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At this time of year most polite exchanges revolve around upcoming travel plans. More than once this week congregants making small talk would innocently ask me: “Rabbi, what are your plans for Christmas?” And I would smile, and I would watch a wave of shock come over their faces once they realize what they had said. The truth is I love Christmas. It is a beautiful quiet time of year when the Rabbi has no preparations or responsibilities in creating the holiday for others to enjoy.
Rabbi Yael Splansky – Sermon: December 14, 2013.