Readers of Havurah will notice that Aaron Abramson’s usual lead article is missing from this edition. In the summer of 2011, Aaron moved with his family to New York City in order to head up our outreach in “the Big Apple.” As a former New Yorker, I couldn’t be more pleased that Aaron will be overseeing our work there. For Havurah, that means that our lead articles will be coming from a variety of contributors, each with their own viewpoints and opinions. As an editor, I like the mix of ideas that we’ll be able to showcase in the pages of this magazine.

And also as a former New Yorker—from Brooklyn, no less—I’m pleased that our first contribution comes from my colleague Susan Perlman, also a Brooklynite by origin, albeit from a different (and probably better) neighborhood than mine.

I think you will gain much from considering what Susan has to say about our holiday of this season, Hanukkah. Susan, take it away …