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Hanukkah Shmanukkah 5770 December 11, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Dogs and cats, Jewish Stuff, Links, Photography, Religion, Videos.
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Tonight is the big night. We bring out the Menorah and light the first candle at sundown. Factoid about my Menorah. Years ago, I saw a Martha Stewart show where she said if you put your Menorah in the freezer for awhile, the wax will chip right off of it. It was a good thing. Martha probably did not have in mind what I did after that. I now store my Menorah in the freezer all year long. It is a good thing and makes me smile every time I open my freezer. Now where did I put the dreidel?  Where is the Hanukkah gelt? Where should I display the menorah? Is anything going to catch fire after I light the candle? Does my box of Hanukkah candles contain the correct number so I am not short candles?  Do I have any matches? So many questions and only eight nights to figure it all out.

–  So how do you spell Hanukkah? Does it have a ‘C’, 2 ‘N’s, some K’s? What letter does it end with?  There are more than 20 different spellings of the Jewish Festival of Lights and, of course, no one has told us which is the defintive spelling. You know the old adage about the number of opinions amongst Jewish people all depends upon how many Jews are in the room. Here’s the current list of the way you can spell this Festival of Lights.  Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanika, Hanukah, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanuka, Khanukah, Khanukkah and Khanike. Sometimes even Xanuka (but that spelling seems too much like Xanax to me).  The basic problem is that it’s translated into English from a five-letter Hebrew word meaning “consecration,” which lacks the gutteral, rolling-in-the-throat opening sound. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has “Hanukkah” as the main entry, with “Chanukah” as another option. The Associated Press Stylebook, considered the spelling bible by most newspapers, also goes with “Hanukkah.” The New York Times uses ‘Hanukkah’. The Daily News uses “Chanukah,” although other versions are used. The bottom line is you cannot misspell this word. So a very Happy Hanukkah to all.

–  For those that like to plan ahead – 2010: Dec. 1-Dec. 9, 2011: Dec. 20-Dec. 28,  2012: Dec. 8-Dec. 16

–  File this under ‘do not try this at home: A new series of public service announcements on CBS is encouraging couples to give prostate exams and pap smears as gifts to each other on Hanukkah and Christmas.

–  The band called ‘Good for the Jews’ sing: They Tried to Kill Us.

–  Bob Dylan vs. Neil Diamond: Whose Christmas Album Is Right for You? From Heeb Magazine: “For all the Jews who’ll be decorating trees and roasting chestnuts this Hannukah, we’ve got the soundtrack of your holiday season. It’s Neil Diamond, the “Jewish Elvis,” against Robert Allen Zimmerman, a.k.a. Bob Dylan. Two nice Jewish icons who somehow ended up making Christian holiday albums and are in direct competition for the Christmas gelt.  So if you think your menorah and candles look pathetic next to your neighbor’s decorations, dream of caroling and are ashamed of your unspoken desire to sit on a fat man’s lap, grab one of these CDs for your goy-style festivities.”

–  Adam Sandler original Chanukah (Hanukkah) Song

–  What Do You Watch for Hanukkah? Get 8 Great Movie Suggestions

–  My personal favorite for this time of year is Marley the Hanukkah Dog Singing,  ‘Oh Hanukkah’



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Albo Galligani - December 13, 2009

Happy Hanukkah!!! is doesn`t matter what date it is early or late as long we all celebration on that day.This is very important a very special day we all should remember by it.I like too see the whole world to respect a special celebration for the future generation to come.Bring peace and joy throughout the world and for all different nationalities and cultures and we should love one another and we are all people that come from God that he created us.We should learn to respect each other don`t matter what we are as the different cultures of the world.Always remember to your heart.

2. apocalypsecakes - December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah, everyone. Make sure you keep Kosher during this season of indulgence. You might want to try a dirty kosher holiday delight: http://apocalypsecakes.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/sodom-and-gomorrah-fruit-cake/

3. lifeaftereighty - December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah. Why the diversity of days? I see no connection to the solstice here – moon cycle?

Insurance Telemarketing - December 12, 2009

It’s because of the Jewish calendar. It has a different number of days than the calendar we use daily. Ergo, Hanukkah falls on different days.

judylobo - December 13, 2009

The Jewish Calendar is on the lunar cycle. As we always say ‘ the holidays are either early or late – they are never on time.’ Happy Hanukkah.

4. Mona - December 11, 2009

Oh, that video was so funny….let’s survive, let’s eat. Thank you for the information on Hannukah(that’s how I spell it)! I hope you have a great evening! Loved the picture of your dog and cat! Keep writing, what a good job that you’ve done! Merry Christmas.


5. Jessica - December 11, 2009

love that Benny and Madison photo!

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7. Linc - December 11, 2009

Joy to all….my autistic student sang the dreidel song, who knew?? Not me, but I learn every day….

8. Anonymous - December 11, 2009

Benny and Madison look absolutely smashing! Happy Hanukkah to you and yours.
the Florida Sista

9. Mio Navman Spirit S300 - December 12, 2009

Well thats really a great blog i would say, i really like work, especially that image with two dogs is so cute and sweet. loved those image. Thanks for sharing it with us.

10. cre8tivegang - December 12, 2009

Great post! Love Benny and Madison…miss having pets to dress up for the holidays:) Maybe I’ll go adopt another (or two) this weekend!
Happy Hanukkah to you and yours.
P.S. My dog menorah is always stored in the freezer, too!

11. MarcyS - December 12, 2009

You call this a rant?

12. Dorthy - December 12, 2009

Love your Haunkkah blog. Great Photo. How can I send it to my buddy in CA?

13. Albo Galligani - December 12, 2009

This is great Haunkhah blog.Great photo and I want to show to my friends.If I have your permission to show them.Thank you.

judylobo - December 13, 2009

Please forward my post to anyone you wish to send it to. Happy Hanukkah.

14. Isaac the amazing - December 12, 2009

How funny is this! Can I be Jewish-Rican for a few days?! Go Channuquah, bet you didn’t expect a Q and extra U’s in the word, off to go light my menorah – oi vey!

15. Matt - December 13, 2009

What about some more music?

16. trinaramirez - December 13, 2009

Happy Hanukkah! Great blog! I like your sense of humor!

17. ann - December 13, 2009

Chag Chanukah Semeach

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19. isralike - December 14, 2009

Hag ssameah…. 😉
Perhaps that wwas the reason why Moses Mendelssohn and others wanted to have a Hebrew-freed liturgy and translated Tora in order not to be confused by certain terminology.
Happy Celebration of Lights.
Do you think the menorah could stay burning within the freezer for a long time?


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