Some progressive views of the Feast of Lights, mostly with the help of the magazine Tikkun.
Daniel Brook and Richard Schwarz argue that Jews should honor the holiday by becoming vegetarian.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs sees the holiday as a triumph of memory over history (the most interesting of these links to me).
Rabbi Michael Lerner cautions against the “smushing” of the holidays of Chanukah and Christmas.
Here’s a guide to the celebration itself.
Here’s a critique of the above-linked guide on the basis that it misrepresents the Hellenistic influence. Lerner responds that it is specifically the materialism of the Hellenistic influence to which he objects.
The South African Union for Progressive Judaism expands on some of the political points.
Lerner responds to arguments in the “War on Christmas” as well as the “Theft of Chanukah.”
Here is an account of a Chanukah celebration attended by Palestinians.
In a similar vein, this blogger requests that Palestinians be in the thoughts during celebrations. S/he asks when the Palestinians will get their Chanukah, but I would suggest they’re in more need of a Passover.
And in this video Jewish Standup Comedian Yisrael Campbell pokes some fun at the rationales for certain rules about the ritual.
As to the spelling, the “C” is an option but not a requirement apparently, and whether there is one “N” or two also appears to be unsettled, at least on the Internet.
Addendum: Here’s an hilarious list of the differences between Christmas and Chanukah. My favorites:
2. Christmas is a major holiday. Chanukah is a minor holiday with the same theme as most Jewish holidays. They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.
4. There is only one way to spell Christmas. No one can decide how to spell Chanukah , Chanukkah, Chanukka, Channukah, Hanukah , Hannukah, etc.
7. Christmas carols are beautiful…Silent Night, Come All Ye Faithful….Chanukah songs are about dreidels made from clay or having a party and dancing the hora. Of course, we are secretly pleased that many of the beautiful carols were composed and written by our tribal brethren. And don’t Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond sing them beautifully?