Miscellany

Happy Hanukah!

I’ve been writing posts in my head–somehow there is a gap between head and fingers though, so none of them have been posted. It is winter solstice (though technically the solstice occurs this year at 5:30 am tomorrow) and the first full day of Chanukah, which began yesterday evening after sunset. One of my children lit the leader candle (the Shamus) and the other used it to light the candle for the first day. God help us on the days of uneven candle numbers. I’ll have to light the odd one. Advice to gift givers: never give siblings a shared present.

For your Chanukah delight, rock with this:

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2 thoughts on “Happy Hanukah!”

    1. Thank you Litlove, and wishing you and your family a bright Christmas. The story of the “miracle of oil” that is the basis of Hanukah is an add-on by the rabbis who invented what we now recognize as Judaism (around the same time as Christianity was getting its start) in the post-temple period. The old guys weren’t all that keen on the political story (the Maccabees were at the time considered somewhat unsavoury fanatics). But they knew that folk traditions need a story of light at winter solstice. Hence the miracle of the oil and lighting candles and all that. The European tradition is to eat potato pancakes at this time of year–I mean what else did they have? But the Sephardic tradition (Spain, Middle-East, North Africa) is jelly donuts. Their Jewish cuisine is on the whole better!

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