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Dear Rabbi, My 4.5 year old had a Bris, his first trip to Israel was for a cousins wedding when he was 10 months old, when you walk into our house the first thing you see is a Star of David. He has also been attending Jewish preschool for 2.5 years and every summer spends a month in Hebrew camp. I do my best to ensure he is a good Jewish boy. However, this holiday season he keeps talking about Santa Claus. He asks if Santa likes the Jews and will he bring him presents. How will he get into our house if we have a fire going, and on and on. I keep telling him that we are Jewish and do not celebrate Christmas. But we celebrate Chanukah and the Russian new year. That mama and papa get him presents. I do not have the heart to say there is no Santa. Besides, he may repeat it at school and that isn’t fair to other children. I’m at a loss. I really don’t know what to do. Have you any advice? It may be important to note that I was not raised religious and grew up celebrating Christmas. My wife immigrated to the United States in her teens and grew up in a relatively strict Jewish household. Thank you for the time and help

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The Chanukah miracle: A flask with one night’s oil burned for eight nights. But being that there was oil for one night, the miracle actually lasted only seven nights. So why is Chanukah eight nights and not seven?

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Shalom aleichem Rabbi Lauffer. Happy Chanukah. Thank you for answering my last question. Would it be mutar to place the menorah used for lighting Chanukah candles on a "Hanukkah Glass Menorah Drip Tray" https://www.amazon.com/Rite-Lite-Tempered-Glass-Menorah/dp/B00PBFBUOO even if the drip tray has brachos on it, or would this be not proper because you are placing an object on the words of brachos and the wax will fall on them? Thanks a lot.

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Dear Rabbi, if one has a set of small red, green, blue, and yellow Chanukah candles, does it matter in which order they are placed in the menorah? And from which side do you light them, as you look toward the menorah?