December 11, 2009, - 4:32 pm

Happy Chanukah: Still No Modern Maccabees; My Cool Menorah Collection

By Debbie Schlussel

As I write this, the Jewish holiday of Chanukah is soon to begin–as all Jewish holidays do–at sundown.

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Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Light, is the story of miracles on so many levels, miracles Jews remember during this eight-day holiday, every year. But, unlike other Jewish holidays, part of our observance of this holiday is to publicize the miracles of Chanukah to the public by lighting our menorahs (plural is actually “menorot”)–the Chanukah candelabras–in our window or front door for the world to see.

We celebrate and let the world know the miracle that a small band of Jewish warriors, the Maccabees, were able to defeat the Greek-Syrian soldiers of King Antiochus, who far outnumbered them. We celebrate that a jar of oil that would only last one day, lasted eight and lit the holy Jewish Temple that had been theretofore been desecrated, until a new jar of oil was ready to keep the Temple lit.

But the Menorah and the holiday mean even more to me and those I’ve met in my life. As a grad student at the University of Wisconsin, I became friends with a Russian Jewish immigrant, Dmitry. Dmitry, from a poor Jewish family near Siberia, was sold into slavery by a Russian businessman. As a student at a university, he was regularly beaten up by his fellow students for being Jewish. Soon, a Russian businessman promised his professors at the university that he had a great opportunity for him in the United States. When Dmitry reached the airport in America, he was met by a Wisconsin farming family who brought him to their house, only let him shower once a week and paid him $20 a month. The family constantly asked him if he was a Jew, but he never admitted it, fearing he’d be beaten like he was in the former Soviet Union.

Dmitry was used to Soviet oppression and didn’t understand that Jews, like everyone else, had rights in America. One day he escaped the farm and took a bus to Madison, Wisconsin, where he did odd jobs trying to survive. He lived across the hall from Jewish students in a dumpy apartment building. When Chanukah came, he saw their lit menorahs (menorot) in their windows and he finally realized that he could be freely and openly a Jew in America. Dmitry became a U.S. citizen and with the help of the Chabad movement of Judaism, and the righteous Rabbi Yonah Matusof of the Chabad Madison Jewish Center, that he soon became a successful businessman and always, thereafter, a proud American and a proud Jew.

It was the lights of the Chanukah menorah–proclaiming to the world that we are Jews an proud of our history, heritage, and victory over the Greek-Syrians–which freed Dmitry from his fears of oppression and his secret that he was a Jew.

Here are some pics of some of my favorite menorahs (menorot) from my own collection. I’m using a new camera (I lost my trusty old one), and I didn’t use enough lighting so bear with me. These menorot, to me, speak to the modern meaning of Chanukah. And you, too, can own two of these.

The first is a cool menorah with Israeli Defense Forces F-16s (or is it F-15s? not sure), tanks, and helicopters. The planes, on metal rods, rotate around. It’s called the “Israeli Army Menorah ELARMY Menorah” and is designed by artist Reuven Masel. The second one is my favorite and is called “IDF Chaverim [Hebrew for "Friends"],” and shows Israeli soldiers praying at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism.  It’s designed by Uri Kaufman. The third is an old Kurdish menorah I bought from a Kurdish Jew in the Machaneh Yehudah Market of Jerusalem. The “Hamzah” ["Five"] hand symbol is a good luck symbol in Judaism (and to Muslim Arabsl). It’s not a kosher menorah because the ninth prong, the “shamash,” isn’t higher than the others (more on that below). But I like it, anyway, and don’t use it for the lighting ceremony.

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Get Yours . . .

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Get Yours . . .

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Here is more of the Chanukah story from some of my previous posts:

Chanukah is the story of the few against the many–the few Maccabees, led by Matthew [Matityahu, and then, after his death, Matthew's son, Judah [Yehudah], who fought against oppression by Greek-Syrian King Antiochus Epiphanes and miraculously beat him and his army, which far outnumbered the Jews. It’s the story of the one jar of olive oil which mirculously lasted eight days–the amount of time it took to make more jars–in lighting the menorah [candelabra] in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. All other jars had been destroyed or made impure by the Greeks, and it was the one jar that miraculously survived intact. Above all, Chanukah is about the age-old, repeat fight of the Jewish people for religious freedom.

As we Jews face a bleak future with Islamic extremism and violence on the rise, we also face an enemy within, just as the Jews and their Maccabees fought in their own community back in the day. The Hellenists were Jews who wanted to forsake Judaism for the secularism of the Greeks. Today, those same Jews are the ones who’ve forsaken Judaism for liberalism. They’re the ones who voted for Barack Obama, the ones who continue to pander and “outreach” to our avowed enemies in the Islamic community. I’ve written about so many of them on this site over the years, and their names need not be mentioned on this holiday. We know who they are. And their views must be crushed, just as the Maccabees crushed Jewish Hellenism.
I asked, last year, where are all the Maccabees? I still haven’t found them. There are scant few among my fellow co-religionists willing to fight for the West’s survival, and far too many who run like Roger Bannister to kiss the feet of Muslim extremists in our commmunities in America.

I’m not suggesting violence, as the Maccabees needed to engage in. But it must be remembered that the most bloody fights and slaughters the Maccabees had to carry out were not those of their Greek-Syrian enemies, but those of their fellow Jews, whose behavior could have meant the end of Judaism. The Maccabees showed no mercy toward these ignoramuses who embraced the enemy, toward these eager sell-outs.

Sadly, we have plenty of those types of Jews dominating my religion, today, and since there are no Maccabees, we see the results in the shrinking number of Jews worldwide. Jews who leave the religion and/or who bend over backward (and forward) to supporters of Islamic terrorism tend to be–with a few exceptions–very liberal Jews and/or their kids. . . . They would have been among the carnage necessary for the Maccabees’ miraculous victory.

And so I recognize and remember all of this as I light, tonight, the first of eight candles on my Channukah menorah, marking each night of this joyous holiday. Tomorrow night, I’ll light two candles, marking the second night, and so on. The ninth candle, the shamash, is used to light the other eight. It is required to be elevated in height from the other eight candles, which are supposed to be uniform in height on a kosher menorah.

A few notes on Channukah: Contrary to what Hallmark and American Greetings and Best Buy would have you believe, it is not–as I’ve noted here many times–a major Jewish holiday. That’s why, unlike on important Jewish holidays, we Jews can work [on the holiday]. I only do not work while my Channukah candles–which are required to burn for a half hour–are lit up. Channukah has only become important, here in America, because of weak, ignorant Jewish parents who cannot explain to their kids that we don’t have a Christmas or a holiday at the same time of the year that is as important to us as Christmas is to Christians. This is largely a phenomenon of Jewish immigration to America.

Speaking of Hallmark, I’m often asked why the name of this Jewish holiday is spelled a gazillion different ways, especially on greeting cards. That’s because of English transliteration from Hebrew. It begins with a “Ch” sound, which is similar to the noise you get from clearing your throat. It’s not an “h” sound, but most Gentiles–and now, many Jews–are unable to pronounce the “ch” sound. As for the two “n”s or two “k”s, those are irrelevant, as it’s all about transliteration and phonetics. There is no right way to spell “Channukah” in English.

We play a game with a spinning top, called a dreidel. The dreidel has a different of four Hebrew letters on each side, which are the initials for a Hebrew phrase, Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, which means, “A Big Miracle Happened There [Here, if you're in Israel].” (Ironically, Bed, Bath & Beyond sells a gold-colored dreidel, bearing a carving of the mosque on top of the Jewish Temple Mount. HUH?!)

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Chanukah Dreidel

The eight gifts thing–or even one Chanukah gift–is really not part of Chanukah, either. It’s also part of the incorrect “Just like Christmas” phenomenon. In Europe, traditionally people gave gold coins–called “Channukah gelt”–and ate fried potato pancakes, called latkes. In Israel, they eat sufganiyot, jelly donuts. Jews in America tend to eat both of these on Channukah.
The bottom line is that, no matter how Chanukkah is celebrated by various Jews around the world, it is about Jews–with all odds against them–vanquishing their enemies, both their enemies without and within. And I note again, today that enemy is Islam and Muslims and the stupid Jewish liberals who love them. We have not chosen to fight them. They are self-appointed.

Too many self-appointed Hellenists, too. Not enough Maccabees.
On the bright side, as with all enemies of the Jewish people, with all odd against us, we defeated the Greeks and Antiochus. I’m hopeful we’ll defeat Islam eventually, too.

Like I said, Chanukah is about the few beating the many. And miracles.
And finally, I’ll repeat a message I posted last year from my friend Ruth S. King of Americans for a Safe Israel and a great patriot. I second her emotion:

I’m never a hundred percent sure of how to spell it, but I do know that it is a holiday of triumph of good versus evil and Jews versus their oppressors. May you and all those you love have a healthy and wonderful holiday. May we prevail over the millions of enemies we have. May America and Israel survive in strength, deterrence and determination. And, a special thanks to those not of our faith whose friendship and support are crucial and inspiring.

Amen.

To my Jewish friends and readers, I wish you a Happy Chanukah, and to my other friends and readers, I hope this explained this fun and auspicious holiday to you. Thanks to all of you for being vigilant and helping to fight the modern-day Hellenists. And thanks to all of you who sent me Chanukah greetings and good wishes. Right back at ya!
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From Shraga Simmons and Shimon Apisdorf at Matityahu’s Revolt:

The name “Maccabee” is an acronym for the [Biblical] verse “Who is compared to You among the mighty, oh Lord” (Exodus 15:11).

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More on Chanukah from Judaism 101, Matityahu’s Revolt, and the Constantia Hebrew Congregation of Capetown, South Africa.

Chag Chanukah Sameach–Happy Chanukah!

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Temple Mount Faithful Light Chanukah Menorah in Israel (Part of the Jewish Temple–the most holy part–has a mosque built on top of it.)

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56 Responses

Happy Chanukah to you Debbie and all of your fellow Jews. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Charmaine on December 11, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Happy Chanukah.

I’m not Jewish but I can appreciate how this country and Israel sure could use a miracle about now.

tempus fugit on December 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Happy Chanukah. I’m not Jewish either but respect the faith.

Joe on December 11, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Loved it. Gut Shabbos and Happy Chanukah, Debbie!

JIDF on December 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Happy Chanukah.

Jerry2665 on December 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Happy Chanukah. Always appreciate your articles about your faith. Stay strong.

CaliforniaScreaming on December 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Happy Hanukkah, and may G-d bless you richly! Israel is not alone, and not abandoned. You may be surprised how many christian zionists there are who fully support Israel, and firmly believe that the land of Israel was given to the Jewish people in an “everlasting” Covenant (Gen. 17:8). Your borders were clearly established in Gensis (15:18–21), and they will never change. We know we’re not “true” Maccabees in the sense that you mean, but we do love Israel and her people.

psych37 on December 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Hi Debbie:

It is inaccurate to call the enemies of the Maccabees “Greek-Assyrians”. The Seleucid kings of Syria were Greco-Macedonian by ethnicity and Syrian by geography, and are sometimes called “Syrian Greeks”. The Assyrians were a different people altogether.

IA: Actually, there is some debate about that. Even though the Greeks called them “Syrian,” some authorities argue that they were ethnically “Assyrian.” But I am changing it to Syrian, since you seem to be more correct on this. DS

ibn Abu on December 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Debbie
Happy Hanukah to you too.
Rex

Rex on December 11, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Great post. Very entertaining read.

DS_ROCKS! on December 12, 2009 at 1:32 am

Great post. Very entertaining read.

Those are F-16s. The F-15 has the dual tail fins.

DS_ROCKS! on December 12, 2009 at 1:38 am

‘On the bright side, as with all enemies of the Jewish people, with all odd against us, we defeated the Greeks and Antiochus. I’m hopeful we’ll defeat Islam eventually, too.’

Why do you fixate on Islam being the enemy of the Jewish people when the PLO was a marxist movement, and most its top memmbers were Christians. The World Christian community, (episcopal and others in the USA) support Sabeel, the Palestinan Christian activist group that calls for divestment from Israel. They’re more successful in Europe and the Christian churches in the USA at whipping up anti Jewish sentiment guised as anti Israel activism. Palestinian Christians are not pro Islamic, and neither are Druze, but Sami Kuntar was a Druze, and George Habash, the terrorist who wanted to destroy Israel was a Christian.

The rise of the far right in Europe and Russia has seen an alarming rise in anti-semitism. In the USA, more and more Americans are turning against Israel, and it’s not due to Islam.

You make it sound too simplistic. Are you saying that if Islam didn’t exist, the world would accept Israeli “occupation” ? No the Christian community would still insist “vacate the land”

Errol on December 12, 2009 at 4:55 am

Jews are the Financial Engine of the Left

Van Gundy on December 12, 2009 at 5:22 am

Yes, Errol, you sure are a “simplistic” anti-semite. BTW why are you still occupying Native American land? Why don’t you go back to Europe where you belong? This land is NOT your people’s land! Speak about yourself before you lecture others where they should live!

Bob S. on December 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

Van Gundy = another jew baiting jew hating anti-semite crawls out of the toilet just prior to being finally being flushed!

did your 2iq daddy have a poor paying job and it was “the jews” fault also?

Bob S. on December 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

In this season of remembering miracles (nissim), I pray for a spiritual awakening in which – with every lighting of the evening’s candles, the survivalist within each and every one of our pc hoodwinked brethren is permanently aroused. Each passing generation managed to keep the miraculous flames aglow. Tonight, let it blaze & enlighten the blinded masses.

wtd on December 12, 2009 at 8:46 am

Happy Chanukah Debbie
Thanks for sharing your faith.

Darlene on December 12, 2009 at 9:19 am

Chag Chanukah Sameach–Happy Chanukah, to you and yours.

ceannrua on December 12, 2009 at 9:34 am

HI! Debbie

Happy Hanukah :)

lindapolver on December 12, 2009 at 10:14 am

Debbie,

Happy Chanukah and all the best during the festive season.

Chuck on December 12, 2009 at 10:49 am

Not “Greek-Assyrians.” The Assyrians were long gone. (Thank God: they destroyed the original kingdom of Israel centuries before and spread the ten tribes throughout their empire, effectively destroying them: the first diaspora that we failed to survive.)

They were Greek-speakers from what is (more-or-less) now called Syria and points east and north. Calling them “Syrian-Greeks” is fairly close, but just “Greeks” would be closer.

Seleucid-Greeks is the actual term but most folks don’t know what that means: Greek-speakers from one of the three remnant empires that descended from Alexander the Great’s big empire. (The other two being centered in Egypt [Ptolemies] and Greece itself.)

David Philipts on December 12, 2009 at 11:37 am

Bob S

“Yes, Errol, you sure are a “simplistic” anti-semite.”

I’m an anti-semite for stating facts that you found uncomfortable?

“BTW why are you still occupying Native American land? Why don’t you go back to Europe where you belong? This land is NOT your people’s land! Speak about yourself before you lecture others where they should live!

We are now entitled to ask why all American Jews do not move to Israel.

Why didn’t you ask Debbie why she is in #america and not in Israel?

Pleae address the points this time, and not hide behind anti-semitism accusations. Thank you.

Errol on December 12, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Have a wonderful Chanukah everyone!

Charybdis SeaStar on December 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I’m not Jewish but I still want to say “Happy Chanukah” and may everyone have a great time celebrating!

And I love the driedel game! It’s a lot of fun!

Charybdis SeaStar on December 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I love the IDF menorahs! Have a wonderful Chanukah Debbie

Paul Hosse on December 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Reading the story of Dmitry, I’m glad he was able to find some fellow Jews that shared his beliefs, and that he is now a successful businessman. G-d says in the Bible that I will bless those that bless Israel, and curse those that curse Israel.

Dmitry, if you’re out there, Happy Chanukah. And a Happy Chanukah to you, Debbie, and to your fellow Jews.

Jon on December 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Happy Chanukah my friend. I enjoyed this immensely.

Thinking One on December 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Happy Chanukah! Best wishes always.

Ted Henkle on December 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Errol, like all other liberal commie pinko jerks, is the real anti-Semite, anti-Christian bigot.

Randy on December 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Happy Chanukah!

Another excellent post, Debbie!

JeffE on December 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Hey Randy, pack your bags and get out. time to move to Israel. That’s your home isn’t it?

Time to stop hiding behind Anti-semitism. Get out. OUT .

Do it while you have a choice rather than leave it to when you have NO CHOICE but to leave

Tom on December 12, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Debbie, you want the Palestinians out of the West Bank, or so Netanyahu wants.

I support that, if the Jews leave America. Can you run a post here, asking Jews to leave America, and make their home in Israel. That is the best way to end this peace process. You don’t want the occupation to end because you say God gave you the land.

The Palestinians are stupid. If they had any sense, they’d all leave on the condition worlds jews have to go to Israel.

That is my peace plan. What do you say?

Tom on December 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you for posting to enlighten us on the basic tenet of Zionism, Tom.

    luagha on December 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm

The Jews chose to be different. Hannukah is a refutation of the politically correct notion that all cultures and values are equal and that Jews must give up their identity to be a part of civilization. They liked some of the ideals of Greek culture but they rejected the Greek Seleucids’ drive of enforced assimilation. That is why Judaism continues to exist to this very day, thanks to the determination of a few brave men to resist what must have seemed to their contemporaries to be the inevitable. They held they their ground and won despite being few in numbers because truth and justice was on their side. Above all, its a reminder that our freedom comes not from the state but from G-d and every now and then men must shed their blood for Him to keep it. That was true thousands of years ago and it is just as true today.

NormanF on December 12, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Chanukah Sameach!

And may the Kohanim rise again to defend Israel’s Holy Land.

Oklahoma on December 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Re: Tom at 7:50 pm

Concerning your referring to Israel’s presence in the “West Bank” (Judea and Samaria) as being an “occupation”. Israel has not now occupied the land, nor have they ever occupied the land nor can they occupy the land for the very reason that the land belongs to Israel and the Jewish people, and it is impossible for a nation to occupy its own land.

Before you repond by saying that I should move to Israel, I want to point out that where I live has no relevance to what I just said. Regardless of where–or any other Jewish person–lives, what I just said is either true or not true. I say that it is true and I defy you to prove otherwise.

JeffE on December 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

GREAT collection!! I’m Messianic Jew and have a couple very unusual Hanukkiahs too! My favorite in your collection was the IDF one! Very masculine. Awesome!!

Happy Hanukkah!

Dorrie on December 12, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Chanukah Sameach Debbie. GOD bless you, Israel and the I.D.F.

Daniel. on December 13, 2009 at 12:02 am

Miss Schlussel

Pardon me for saying this, but I consider you and your website to be modern equivalent of the Maccabbees, standing tall in the face of modern filth and Islam. However, I think that you will be on the side that does prevail.With your incisive wit and obvious intelligence you cut through the garbage, and help those of us to see the evil that is out there. Thank you for your efforts.

Agnes B. Bullock on December 13, 2009 at 8:41 am

Debbie, Happy Channukah, I would agree that you are a modern day Maccabee. Could you , or would you – consider doing an interview with Dr. Orly Taitz ?

Dr. Taitz Esq., a dentist, is a great patriot. Russian born, (Moldovia) she is the lawyer bringing the eligibility lawsuits
against this moslem usurper in the white house.

She is a modern day Maccabee for sure, a David against Goliath.
That would be a great interview.

Warmest wishes for your celebration this Channukah.

Fred

FP: Surely, you must be joking. This woman, Taitz, is a complete nut. If she was a Maccabee, we’d all be Greek Assyrians by now. She’s no David, either. More like a diseased fly he repeatedly has to swat out of the way. I spoke with her when she stole my copyrighted work on Barack Obama’s Selective Service form and posted all of it on her site, without my permission, and she continuously lied, then hung up on me. That woman belongs in an insane asylum. And she’s a crappy lawyer. I suspect her dental skills are equal to her legal “skills.” DS

Frederick Puccetti on December 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

From what I understand Dr. Taitz doesn’t even practice Judaism or have any respect for it. She likely would rather have a feminist form or communism rather then a one by a black male.

Anyway, to be very fair Judaism SHOULD NOT be about pride. To be fair there is nothing about Jewish history that we should be prideful about. If anything it shows that only if Jews love their G-d and fear their G-d will G-d be with them and if not we are at risk from others.

Also the Maccabee’s in the end were wiped out themselvs because they decided to take the Priest positions for themselves even though they were not from this family line. While G-d let them have victory over the Hellenist they in the end didn’t really love and fear their G-d. The book of kings has kings that deposed a former evil king and stopped some evils but allowed other evils to continue to which they had a period of success but did not last and they are recorded in the book of kings as kings that truly did not follow in G-d’s path. It seems the Maccabee’s were a mixed bag from the beginning but G-d let them be successful to stop the Hellonism which was a greater evil at that time.

adam on December 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

Happy Channukah (NOT Merry Jewish Christmas) from a Catholic. Incidentally, the books of the Maccabees are part of the Catholic canonical Bible.

Joseph on December 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

HAPPY CHANNUKAH

I keep wondering if why the Rebbe insisted on public Menorah lighting was to inspire Americans with the story of how a few righteous CAN defeat a vast majority of the wicked. In these times, with the fascist G-dless Left on the rise, what message could be more appropriate and hopeful than that?

yonason on December 13, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Well, I come at this late, but of course, Happy Chanukah to you Debbie.

sk on December 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

“Debbie, you want the Palestinians out of the West Bank, or so Netanyahu wants.

I support that, if the Jews leave America. . . . That is my peace plan. What do you say?

Tom on December 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm”

Tom, sweetie, how about if the Muslims left America for the dar al-Islam? You can join them, as you ARE them. Then, how about if the Muslims left the countries they stole (e.g., Egypt, Syria) for Arabia? I don’t see why Jews can only live, according to you, in one country, but Muslims can live everywhere.

Anyway, without Jews, the US would not have won WW2. Without Muslims, the US would not have had 9/11.

sk on December 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm

“But, unlike other Jewish holidays, part of our observance of this holiday is to publicize the miracles of Chanukah to the public by lighting our menorahs (plural is actually “menorot”)–the Chanukah candelabras–in our window or front door for the world to see”

If the Muslims did this they’d be criticized for trying to takeover and instill their values upon the West.

B: PUH-LEEZE. Muslims publicize their religion and give out free Korans, etc. every single day. All we do is light our menorah in the window on our own property, much like others display Christmas trees in their window or displays on their lawn, except that ours is much less visible. Get a frickin’ clue. DS

Babu on December 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Happy Chanukah, Debbie and everyone out there. Well, from half way around the world here in Israel, the kids are on their winter break – well Chanukah break, and the highways are a bit easier to navigate.

Over here, the menorah is the outstanding symbol of the Jewish People. The one that gets lit up on Chanukah is actually called a “chanukiah”. The Israeli Chanukah top, called in Hebrew a “sevivon” (“dreidel” is Yiddish), has a different last letter/word: A Great Miracle Happened HERE (“Nes Gadol Haya Po”) to indicate, obviously, that the Chanukah miracle of survival against all odds took place here is Israel.

Oh, and today I had a gourmet sufganiya (donut) filled with luscious pistachio cream, topped with fine dark chocolate and ground pistachios, instead of plain old jelly. It was magnificent. Not even close to Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme. Be jealous ;-)

Just thought you’d like to know.

Ashan on December 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Ms.Schlussel,

Any religion that celebrates with fried potato pancakes and jelly donuts has got my vote.

Happy Chanukah!

Jay LeTroll
Washington County, Virginia

Jay LeTroll on December 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm

From one frum Yid to another, *HAPPY CHANUKAH* Debbie! Just so you should know, there are many of us out there fighting for our country. I need to hook you up with Dinah. I think you will find her very interesting … will do it off FB. I love being in NY where almost every single one of my friends is conservative in their political views and are growing very uneasy with the way the country is going. Anyway, Happy Chanukah again.

Leah on December 14, 2009 at 2:44 am

Debbie,

Have a very Happy Chanukah, as well as a blessed and safe holiday season. You’re the best.

- Dave

Dave on December 14, 2009 at 7:53 am

Debbie,

We have modern Macabees – they are the residents of Judea and Samaria who fight the Israeli government which wants to throw Jews out of their homes in land of Israel, bolstering the claims of people who want to destroy Israel. The residents of Judea and Samaria have built homes, school and synagogues in Israel, literally pledging their fortunes and sacred lives to defend Israel and the right of Jews to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in the land of Israel, land they own. Now, governments want these Jews to leave and just like in Gaza, they will get zero compensation for political eminent domain. These are the modern Macabees and the American Founding Fathers rolled into one.

Fred Taub on December 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

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