🕎 An ode to the Festival of Lights

The Daily Reader

Hanukkah starts Sunday night.

The holiday meant a lot to me as a child and less and less in the ensuing years. Now, I mostly worry about finding enough candles for my menorah to get me through eight nights. I do love that the holiday presents me with the opportunity to find ways to celebrate community with people I cherish. 

Hanukkah’s ever-shifting position on the Gregorian calendar often means it overlaps with Christmas, which is… complicated. I still don’t know what to make of the fact that U.S. consumer culture has made this minor Jewish holiday a major symbol of the religion I hold dear, even though I have benefitted from Hanukkah’s proximity to Christmas; I can’t think of any other circumstances in which I would have received a Nintendo 64 in December when I was in middle school and had maybe $17 to my name. As an adult, I have my misgivings about attempts to make this holiday “Jewish Christmas,” but I see little fault in the holiday’s ability to bring people together as the days get colder.

We could all use that right about now. 


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 feeble little horse, Hayday

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🎚 Leor’s “best December 14, 2022 playlist” playlist

Iron Years drop a debut album of gothic darkwave postpunk dance music
Plus: Psychedelic surf punks Beastii release an odds-and-sods collection, Red Scare Industries reissues long-gone Screeching Weasel side project Sludgeworth, and more.

by J.R. Nelson and Leor Galil
Global house luminary Honey Dijon returns to her native Chicago to celebrate the new Black Girl Magic
by Leor Galil

Good riddance
The best thing Alderperson Ed Burke ever did for Chicago was to leave office.

by Ben Joravsky
Temp workers have rights 
City Bureau answers questions from workers who rely on staffing agencies.

by City BureauSiri ChilukuriMaia McDonaldCristal RamÍrez and Daniela Tovar-Miranda

Baby, it’s cold outside.

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Issue of
Dec. 8 – Dec. 21, 2022
Vol. 52, No.

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