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.)
To those who celebrate the Festival of Lights – which has just started – Chanukah Sameach!
So good you can eat it – by Sarah-Lee
I see some donuts on the horizon…
If you celebrate Chanukah, I hope you have a great one; full of good time and good things. Be happy, with friends, family, or on your own.
Be well, one and all.
One surefire way of telling that Chanukah is soon, is the appearance of sufganiot (donuts) in the shops. And in the workplace:
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!
Very best wishes to those who celebrate Chanukah (aka Hannukah).
Hope your latkes, are as good as ours were. Thank you, Susan!
Or, as the BBC puts it:
How do you celebrate Hanukkah in Antarctica?
All is revealed, here, along with other festive holiday celebrations by ex-patriots around the world.
I don’t know what journey Matisyahu is on, where he is on it, or where he is going to. I do, however, hope he finds what he’s looking for.
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.
Different from past efforts. I still like this one.