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Hanukkah inspires Jewish joy in difficult times – NPR

Hanukkah inspires Jewish joy in difficult times – NPR

Enlarge this image Jews around the U.S. are balancing the desire to celebrate Hanukkah and the need to feel safe. Jason DeRose/NPR Jason DeRose/NPR A central Hanukkah memory for Becca Cuellar is of the menorah in her childhood home. “We had like a big brick fireplace and a wooden mantel,” she says. “And I just specifically remember the wax melting on that. Wax everywhere, which is so fun and beautiful.” Now the 36-year-old who works in Hollywood casting celebrates in her own apartment with a new puppy and her fiancé. She has been preparing for days. This week, Cuellar, who works… 

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