Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Hanukkah

This Wednesday night marks the beginning of the Hanukkah festival.  It is the story of Judah Maccabee and his brothers who led the first known war for religious freedom. Here's just a little modern music to get everyone in the mood...

 

h/t @themitzvahbowl for the video




It's amazing how some things never change...what pissed off the Maccabees 2200 years ago is that some idiot in power decided to tell the Jews that their holy sites (here, here, here) and their capital Jerusalem didn't belong to them. Go figure....

By the way, for those that don't know, the miracle of Hanukkah is that when the Maccabees went to rededicate the Holy Temple there was only enough oil to burn in the Eternal Light (the symbol of God's continuity) for one day. However the Light burned for eight days until more oil could be brought to the Temple. So in commemoration of the miracle of the oil, Jewish people worldwide eat potato pancakes (latkes) or jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot); foods fried in oil. In our family we tend to opt for the doughnuts.

For a little more serious post on the holiday check out Liberty's Spirit, but have no fear even Liberty's Spirit ends on an Adam Sandler uptic.

Chag Hanukkah Sameach...Happy Happy Happy Happy Hanukkah.

Until next time,

Elise