December 23, 2005, - 11:34 am

To All My Friends and Readers: Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

By Debbie Schlussel
I wish all of you, my friends and readers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukah!
On Sunday Night, I and my relatives will be lighting the first candle on our Chanukah menorah (candelabra) for the first of eight nights. (In Judaism, days begin at sundown.) Since the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, every 19 years, the holidays of Chanukah and Christmas intersect in this way.
It is auspicious that the holidays intersect this year, because we, as Christians and Jews, are in the fight of our lives–much like the Maccabees fought the Greeks–the war against radical Islam, which wants to take over our world and do away with both of our religions (and all others). That’s what the Maccabees were fighting against then, and that’s what we are fighting against now. G-d willing, we will be victorious as were the Maccabees. But we must be vigilant, like they were, too. Take a hint, Abu Moskowitz!

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You looked good on MSNBC the other day. Happy Hanukkah.

shleppy on December 23, 2005 at 11:56 am

Don’t KNOW how to put links up on your site, but you’ll LOVE this—
http://www.xanga.com/NYCJOYCE/412757766/item.html
[ scroll down pass all the BS ]
Happy Chanukah my favourite blonde

EminemsRevenge on December 23, 2005 at 2:14 pm

Happy Chanukah to you and your family, Debbie. I know you will enjoy it because you, as many others, are truly aware and appreciative of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us.
Christmas and Chanukah will be celebrated by the majority of the Earth’s people – people who truly wish peace, love, and prosperity for mankind – and not those who exist for the sole purpose of spreading violence, hate, and poverty.
WE WILL PREVAIL!!!!

Thee_Bruno on December 23, 2005 at 5:34 pm

Happy Chanukah to you, Debbie! Best wishes for 2006!

Preston Taylor Holmes on December 23, 2005 at 9:09 pm

Happy Chanukah Debbie! As my family and I celebrate Christmas Eve at church tonight, my prayers to God will be for peace on earth and my thoughts will be directed towards our sons & daughters serving in the military. Peace and thank you!

Paul on December 24, 2005 at 5:13 am

Happy Hannukah! Coming from a Jap who don’t believe in anything, and I mean the Happy Hannukah from the bottom of my heart

KOAJaps on December 25, 2005 at 12:22 pm

Debbie,
Happy Hannakuh!
We live in a truly great nation, where we help even those who hate us. I’m proud to be an American, proud to have served our country, and truly blessed beyond belief.
I experienced nothing but acceptance from my in-laws. They are Japanese, survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima…
Nothing I could ever do, say, or be would make me worthy of their daughter’s love, or their acceptance. It is a blessing from God.
But then, what would I know? I’m just an infidel who has to say that some of the best people he knows are Jews.
May all of us wake up tomorrow loving our families and enjoying our lives. May our grievances be forgotten. God protect our servicemen and women, and return them all safely to their loved ones.
May tomorrow be better than today.
Mark

MarkD on December 26, 2005 at 12:41 am

Debbie, as someone besides you who knows about the the 19 year rule regarding Gregorian dates for Jewish holidays repeating (I impress a lot of people when I mention it, even many Jewish people don’t know about it and look in amazement when they hear about this) is not exact, even though it technically is correct.
The reason is because leap years (not the 1 month added for “leap year” on the Jewish lunar calendar which is built into the 19 year cycle but the 1 day added every 4 years on the Gregorian calendar) can cause the day to not exactly “repeat”. I believe another reason has to do with days added in the Jewish calendar to prevent Yom Kippur from falling on Sunday (meaning that one would have to work on Shabbat to prepare meals to break the fast). As such, the last time the first night fell on Christmas Day was in 1959, 46 years ago, which is not a multiple of 19. 19 years ago, in 1986, Chanukah’s first night was on Dec. 26, not 25.
Similarly, the first day of Chanukah has not coincided with Christmas Day (meaning the first night was on Christmas Eve) since sometime in the 1970′s (can’t remember the year, but I do remember it as a kid).
However (I looked this up), the 2 days will coincide the way they do this year again 19 years from now in 2024, so it is technically correct.
Very impressed and Happy Chanukah Debbie!

hairymon on December 27, 2005 at 10:04 pm

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