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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and in our jingle-belling hearts and our hap-happiest TV ads, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But this year, Americans of all faiths concerned with preserving their religious liberties ought to join us Jews and celebrate a bit of Hanukkah.

In the popular, deracinated imagination of contemporary American liberal Judaism, the story of ­Hanukkah goes like this: There’s something about a miracle, something having to do with dreidels and menorahs, and, boy, how lucky are we to have a wintertime holiday and give our children presents so that they don’t feel deprived when Santa comes down the chimney of every other house on the block.

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