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Tuesday, December 07, 2004
  Tonight We Light

Why can't people drive in the rain? C'mon what's the big deal.

Now that I got that off my chest, we can put the negativity away and be joyous. Why would we be joyous on a miserable Tuesday morning at the office, you ask? Because tonight is Chanukah. For Jewish children in America today, this means gifts! My Family has always been big on Chanukah gift giving even though it has no Religious or Historical roots. The origin of gift giving on Chanukah is solely a result of Chanukah coming at Christmas time.

The Maccabees won a revolt over the murderous oppressor Antiochus IV but that is not what we are celebrating.
Alexander the Great conquered the entire Middle East and years later Antiochus IV was in charge and he no did not allow freedom of Religion. Jews were massacred, and the temple was desecrated. Judah the Maccabees led the Jews to victory.
THIS strikes me as the true miracle of Chanukah.
In actuality what we are celebrating is the miracle of the oil.

After the Greeks were driven out, there was very little oil left in the temple. The oil was for the Menorah which was supposed to burn all night every night. There was enough supply to last for one night. The oil burned for 8 nights. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate the festival of lights.

Chanukah for me means fun. There will be family get-togethers, and some awesome concerts.
To bad we don't have off of work.

Chanukah link
Knishma's Concert
Chag Sameach!

- posted by Prodly @ Tuesday, December 07, 2004

All drivers today are total fucks.

Before the Greeks were dealt with, the assimilated (liberal?) Jews had to be slaughtered.

Assimilation is the very reason people give gifts on Channuka. Giving gifts is historically, very anti-Channuka.

Enjoy your fucking holiday season.

# posted by Blogger velvel : 10:56 AM

Damn son, what crawled up your skirt and died?!
This holiday (especially the gift-giving aspect of it) is for the children. Its so that kids look forward to being Jewish this time of year. Its important.

Think about it this way:
What if our parent paddled our asses on Chanuka? I don't think we'd look forward to Chanuka every year. And we probably would, in turn, dislike Judaism.

Its a pretty big paddle on the ass to see every Chris, Mary and Trevor getting X-boxes on the same day every year while Shmelky, the Jew, gets didly squat.

Keep in mind we're in the USA where there is separation between Church & State and where X-Mas is Federal Holiday? Ponderous.

# posted by Blogger roy : 1:16 PM

# posted by Blogger velvel : 10:24 PM

# posted by Blogger velvel : 10:24 PM

Roy, that was the best pro-Christmakkah post I've seen, yet. Good points.

Shmelky the Jew.

# posted by Blogger velvel : 10:26 PM

Get it straight...

Its HannaMas, Damn it! ;)

# posted by Blogger roy : 9:00 AM


There is a makor for giving kids Chanukah gelt if not gifts.

BTW, you think your traffic is bad? You haven't been on the van Wyck Expressway or LIE at 7:00 a.m. on a weekday.

# posted by Blogger MoChassid : 9:29 AM

I was thinking more about Roy's comments.

My kids will always be different than non-Jewish kids. For instance, I would never want my kids going trick-or-treating. We have PLENTY of our own holidays and our own traditions, with lots of fun stuff for the kids. There are other ways to give your kids gifts besides looking for the closest holiday to X-mas. (10th of Tevet tree, anyone? Show your loved ones you care on the shortest fast of the year!)

I realize that it's too late for the Channuka presents issue, because that's already in all the Jewish schools, and even the Jewish proprietors advertise Channuka sales.

# posted by Blogger velvel : 12:04 PM

Good points. But still, I don't think there is anything wrong with the actual gift-giving aspect. I don't think it will negatively instill bad values in children or make them more like non-Jewish kids - which are main concerns.
I can understand about Halloween. Your restriction is on your kid to not celebrate a pagan holiday. Fine.

But what about New Years? Maybe you shouldn't celebrate that either. Afterall, we have our own New Year. Where will you draw the line? Let me guess, right there.

Look, I'll admit its kinda ironic that the holiday representing supression and assimilation of Jews has become a holiday of gift-giving and decorations similar to its assimilative counterpart. But thats all it is - ironic.

About your last comment about "Jewish proprietors advertise Channuka sales", thats a good thing. The main Mitzvah of Chanukah is Peirsumei Nissa. I don't think that is too big a stretch.

# posted by Blogger roy : 10:45 AM

This is what its all about... (speakers)

# posted by Blogger roy : 11:12 AM

This is what its all about... (speakers)

# posted by Blogger roy : 11:36 AM

thanks fr the knishmas link.
# posted by Blogger jewish : 11:12 AM

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