The first day of Hanukkah or is it Chanukah?

It’s time to get out that shiny Minora, light your wax candles, sing the Ma’oz Tzur and celebrate Hankkah!

Is it Hanukkah or Chanukah? I guess it depends on the way you translate Hebrew.

Potato, potahto — tomato, tomahto.

This Jewish holiday doesn’t carry the religious heft of Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, but it has gained prominence due to the fact it falls around that other holiday…. Christmas. Hanukkah, or Chanukah commemorates when the Maccabees overthrew those Syrians. The Maccabees restored the Temple in Jerusalem and witnessed a one-day supply of oil last for eight days. Talk about economy of scale. That’s why Hanukkah features a candle-filled menorah and foods fried in oil; jelly donuts and potato pancakes.

Did I just say fried food? I’m so there.

So for today’s post I am sending out my holiday love to all my very lovely Jewish friends. ((hugs)) 
Please have a donut and as Adam Sandler said; “enjoy Eight Crazy Nights”.
Happy Hanukkah! and Happy Chanukah! 


6 responses

  1. lisa Q

    Man, wishing for a latke!!

    Oh, Nice snow effect on the page!


    December 2, 2010 at 9:02 am

  2. AllyT

    Awesome – never heard the neil diamond version!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

    • Love the animation huh! OJ Simpson – not a JEW.

      December 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

  3. stacey

    kathleen, you sure you’re not jewish? we’d love to have ya!! beautifully written lil’ post – thank you! (c)happy (c)holidays!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

    • Perhaps I WAS a good Jew in a former life? That’s alrighty by me!
      Love to break bread or wine with you soon my dear. xo

      December 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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