Happy Hanukkah!

  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 18, 2014 3:50 PM GMT
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    May you all be full of latkes and sufganiyot.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 18, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    Happy Hanukkah!

    I <3 latkes. Yum.
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    Dec 18, 2014 4:38 PM GMT
    Happy Hanukkah!
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    Dec 18, 2014 4:45 PM GMT
    Happy Hanukkah
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  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 19, 2014 3:41 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidHappy Hanukkah!

    I <3 latkes. Yum.


    The best thing about Hanukkah is fried EVERYTHING. icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 19, 2014 4:25 AM GMT
    Same to you! Chag Same'ach!
  • wesv

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    Dec 19, 2014 4:28 AM GMT
    Shalom Aleichem!
    I hope your dinner is "ta-eem."
  • ASHDOD

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    Dec 19, 2014 12:51 PM GMT
    dont eat to many ''sufganiot'' [hanuka donats] it 500 cal each icon_evil.gif
    so yummy uffff
  • hebrewman

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    Dec 20, 2014 10:03 AM GMT
    same to my fellow tribesmen, heeb or not.
  • fmrhugger

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    Dec 20, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    Remembering the 8 miracle nights the oil burned, and may our resolve for both physical and mental excellence follow us all of our days.

    That goes for my Jewish brothers and non-Jews alike.
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 20, 2014 9:38 PM GMT
    Fifth night!

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    What do you do to celebrate? Do you light one hannukia or several?

    Or do you not even really celebrate at all?
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    Dec 20, 2014 10:28 PM GMT
    Chappy Chanuka to all mein lantzmanns
  • hebrewman

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    Dec 21, 2014 10:02 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidFifth night!

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    What do you do to celebrate? Do you light one hannukia or several?

    Or do you not even really celebrate at all?


    two. i have one that mom gave me when i went to university, and this past thanksgiving, she brought the 'legacy' one that i grew up with to my partners house (he was brave enough to take on the task, god love him). she wanted me to have it and use it on the first hanukkah for us as a couple. and yes. he's passed the mom test with flying colors. hated the first one of 18 years (why oh why didn't i listen), but simply adores brad.

    and btw........nice protocol on lighting the candles from right to left. i do that too and it's nice to see others follow.
  • secondstartot...

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    Dec 21, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    Using the oven to make crisp latkes saves a lot of calories and fat-and hassle!

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    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/oven-fried-latkes-recipe.html
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 21, 2014 5:25 PM GMT
    HEBREWMAN said
    and btw........nice protocol on lighting the candles from right to left. i do that too and it's nice to see others follow.


    I hadn't even though about that, the pictures are not of our hanukkiot, just ones I found online. But now that I think about it, we have been lighting it from right to left, but as an aside, on the first night I was at our rabbi's house and his wife asked from which direction the candles should be lit (adding the verbal hashtag #jewishneuroses) and he said that you should light them on the side on which you are standing.
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    Dec 21, 2014 10:19 PM GMT
    So, if the needle on my gas tank is on "Empty" and I make it the 90 miles from Richmond to DC without stalling, does that make it a miracle?

    Because, let's face it, that's pretty much the basic principle of Hanukkah.
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    Dec 21, 2014 10:26 PM GMT
    CLTMike46 saidSo, if the needle on my gas tank is on "Empty" and I make it the 90 miles from Richmond to DC without stalling, does that make it a miracle?

    Because, let's face it, that's pretty much the basic principle of Hanukkah.
    yes but still! . Yom Kippur is holiest day , u want miracles look at 73 war !
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    Dec 21, 2014 11:15 PM GMT
    CLTMike46 saidSo, if the needle on my gas tank is on "Empty" and I make it the 90 miles from Richmond to DC without stalling, does that make it a miracle?

    Because, let's face it, that's pretty much the basic principle of Hanukkah.


    What you've described is actually the basic principal of fuel economy, not the feud between the Hatfields and the MacCabbees.

    PS, here, I googled the meaning of the holiday for you.

    This is not an endorsement of Chabad but I think the description reads pretty well...

    http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/2684/jewish/The-Miracle.htm
    Many miracles, great and small, accompanied the liberation of Israel from Hellenic dominance and the reclaiming of the Holy Temple as the lighthouse of G-d. But there is one particular miracle, the Talmud is saying, that is the sum and substance of Chanukah: the miracle of the small cruse of pure oil that burned for eight days.

    The challenge faced by the Jewish people at that time was unlike any that had confronted them before. Hellenism, a noxious blend of hedonism and philosophy, could not be resisted by the conventional tools of Jewish learning and tradition. Only the cruse of pure oil-the supra-rational, supra-egotistical essence of the Jewish soul, from which stems the Jews intrinsic self-sacrificial loyalty to G-d could illuminate the way out of the mudswamps of Hella. Only by evoking this inner reserve of incontaminable oil were we able to banish the pagan invader from G-d's home and rekindle the torch of Israel as a light unto the nations.

    But this was oil sufficient for only a single day. By nature, man's highest powers flare brightly and fleetingly, soon receding to the supra-conscious, supra-behavioral place from which they have come. When a person's deepest self is challenged, the essential oil of his soul is stimulated, and no force on earth can still its flame; but then the moment passes, the cataclysmic levels off into the routine, and the person is left with his ordinary, mortal self.

    The miracle of Chanukah was that they lit the menorah with this oil for eight days--that the flame of selfless sacrifice blazed beyond a moment of truth, beyond a day of reckoning. That the small pure cruse of oil burned beyond its one-day lifespan for an additional week, illuminating the seven chambers of the soul (Kabbalistic teaching enumerates seven middot or basic character traits--love, restraint, harmony, ambition, devotion, bonding and receptiveness--from which stem all feelings and motivations of the heart). This was no mere flash of light in a sea of darkness, but a flame destined to shed purity and light for all generations, under all conditions.

    Thus the Talmud relates that it was only on the following year that these eight days were established as the festival of Chanukah. A year is a microcosm of time, embodying all of times seasons and transmutations. So it was only on the following year, after it had weathered all fluctuations of the annual cycle, that the victory of Chanukah could be installed as a permanent fixture in our lives.


    So, you see, it's not exactly all about oily potato pancakes.
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 22, 2014 7:31 PM GMT
    ^ Thanks for that. I met a Chabad rabbi on the fifth night and everything was fine until he asked if I was married with kids and I said that I was indeed married but to "the kippah-wearing gentleman over there." After that it got awkward, but I wasn't holding him to a very high expectation in terms of progressiveness!
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    Dec 23, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    In front of the rabbi, Young Israel, I presume?, you should have kissed your husband, on the penis.

    When I first responded to the slight slight, I wasn't sure if it was meant as offensive but then, especially upon an additional 45 seconds of reflection after hitting submit, I considered that many don't even know what the holiday is about if they've only seen the Menorah. Did Charlton Heston ever play Hanukkah? More likely he never even played dreidel.

    It would be like a non Christian person thinking their holiday is about nothing but a perpetually sparkling tree and a flying fat man.

    But we had Charlie Brown to tell us otherwise. Turns out it's about a great pumpkin patch.

    So the holiday isn't really about a miracle. It's about liberation from oppressive hegemony. Just like Passover is not about parting the water but about liberation from slavery. The Yom Kippur or the day of atonement, liberation from guilt. The Sabbath, a liberation from daily drudgery. The sabbatical year or the Sh'mittah, liberation from debt and even a liberation of the land from the work it normally does.

    In that sense, the otherworldliness is symbolic not dogmatic.
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    Dec 23, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    Actually, I think it's all about getting presents. That being said, my Christian brothers get 12 presents (12 days of Christmas) whereas I got only 8. As you can probably guess, this has me emotionally scarred for life.
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    Dec 24, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    Three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree vs 8 day of Chanukah gelt?

    We win.
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    Dec 24, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
    CLTMike46 saidActually, I think it's all about getting presents. That being said, my Christian brothers get 12 presents (12 days of Christmas) whereas I got only 8. As you can probably guess, this has me emotionally scarred for life.

    We regard gift-giving as only for die kinder.
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    Dec 25, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    I know my hubby isn't religious, but damn, no latkes, that's self-denial.icon_neutral.gif