Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Hanukkah

God's sense of humor. A menorah zebra.

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.

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.

Hanukkah greetings from that Israeli university with all those Nobel prize winners:

A new video from the Maccabeats:

And some of my other favorite Hanukkah videos:

Hanukkah Sameach...Happy for some sufganiyot....RECIPE here

We eat not only latkes but jelly donuts (sufganiyot) to celebrate the holiday. Anything fried in oil.

 and Latkes (recipe) of course

Hanukkah, Autism and Self-Determination
D is for Hanukkah (Dedication)
Wrestling with God

And for those of you who celebrate Thanksgivukkah a video from Israeli comedian Benji Lovitt

PS. he's booking shows in North America now 
h/t Times of Israel