So that was Chanukah that was

For me, Chanukah was over almost before it started. Definitely a sign of getting old.

With large gatherings off the agenda due to the coronavirus, we had a somewhat smaller first night lighting the menorah event, though do not worry as there were more than enough latkes and donuts to go around!

There were 1,001 online Chanukah events, but given that I spend most of the working day in front of a computer, I generally stay away from such offerings. Susan participated in an online quiz event for the shul. And there was one exception that we both took part in as Susan and I were the featured guests in a sort of foreside chat with Rabbi Moshe Rubin, our former leader in Glasgow. It was great to catch up, even fleetingly, with old familiar faces. Apparently we ruled ourselves out of jobs in the Jewish Agency Aliyah Department with our full and frank answers! However, those who were listening carefully will recall that we both stressed living in Israel was worth the effort. We are grateful we have a very good life here. (Even in these challenging times.)

Chanukah is on the way!

One surefire way of telling that Chanukah is soon, is the appearance of sufganiot (donuts) in the shops. And in the workplace:

soufganiot

I want you to know that the above picture was taken mere minutes after the supply – a fully laden tray – arrived in our kitchen. And, showing a rare instance of restraint, I had none. But I was tempted…

Chanukah starts, this year, on the night of Sunday 6 December 2015. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

I’ll drink to that

Yes, they are using beer bottles for their chanukiyah!

Yes, they are using beer bottles for their chanukiyah!

We were out with friends on motzei Shabbat, having a meal at one of our favorite places: the micro-brewery and restaurant, Jems. In the midst of the proceedings, there was a shout calling the crowd to order. And then, from behind the bar, as they lit the candles for the fourth night of Chanukah, the boss and his aid started belting out the brachot (blessings) and songs. And people joined in. I love it. A simple, joyful experience.

Chanukah Sameach!