First of all, thanks to the nice folks over at the The Swellesley Report for the mention on their blog, and welcome to all the visitors from thereabouts. And I meant that you weren't Universal Hub in the nicest possible way. And no offense to Universal Hub either. Oh, I'm just going to move on now.
So Hanukkah starts tomorrow night at sundown. For those of you not so into the whole Jewish thing, Hanukkah is a minor Jewish festival. I don't get the day off, there is no special synagogue service and it just really isn't a big deal. It is no Sukkot, no Shabbat, certainly no Yom Kippur. It has sort of gotten a bit swollen up in this country, in the past hundred or so years, because of, shall we say, certain seasonal issues. My kids, of course, like the gift giving part, which is a very, very American enhancement to the festival. And hey, who doesn't like a holiday with fried potatoes as a ritual food?
My favorite part of the holiday is the element that talks about standing up and being Jewish when that isn't necessarily the mainstream thing to do. So our hanukkiot will be burning bright in my windows for the week, a neighborly, friendly, flickering reply to the beautiful Christmas lights all up and down my street.
So a Happy Hanukkah to all who enjoy it.