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chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.4 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 4th Dec '07 1:35 PM

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

To all of you who begin celebrating Hanukkah today:

May these days of remembrance bring you great blessings of love, joy and peace.

~~chyenn~~

mindmonkey
Mindmonkey  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 295)
Tue, 4th Dec '07 2:01 PM

Best wishes to all!

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 4th Dec '07 2:07 PM


Happy Hanukkah! Shalom!

Susan

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Tue, 4th Dec '07 2:20 PM


sblv
Sblv  (Level: 188.3 - Posts: 337)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 1:26 AM

Lets light up those candles! Happy Hanukah to all who celebrate!

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.2 - Posts: 1519)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 2:16 AM

Well, I need a miracle. I've been sick all week, went to get the candles for the menorah and they were all warped from the summer's heat. Hubby has been on a mission to buy new ones! Thank you all for your good wishes - Happy Hanukkah!

Shalom,

Claire

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 11:45 AM

Hope ya feel better Claire (got it too)
Maybe this will cheer ya up!
ADAM SANDLER ROCKS!

This is a song, that uh, there's alot of Xmas songs out there, but not too many about Hanukkah, so I wrote a song for all those nice little Jewish kids who dont get to hear any Hanukkah songs--here we go...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwYQBV66rbM&feature=related



geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.2 - Posts: 1519)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 1:21 PM

Thanks, Diva -the songs are funny and cute. Our daughter and son-in-law are official movie trailer composers! They were also invited to their first premier of a movie last week-end in L.A. We have to get her autograph now before they become REALLY famous!

p.s.If parents sent their kids to Gannon Gil they might learn all those songs!

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 8:04 PM


chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 9:05 PM

Diva...I had NO IDEA you were such the baker!! That's beautiful.

What's with the dice on top? Didn't know jews were so into gambling!! JK..

Happy Hanukkah!

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 9:21 PM

The dice are actually dreidels Chick

Each player places some dollars, quarters, dimes, (or would you believe pennies, candies, raisins, or even nuts) into a kitty. Each player takes a turn spinning the dreidel. When only one object is left in the kitty, each player adds another object into the kitty. When a player has all the objects, (ie. everyone else is broke), that person wins!
"Nun" means 'nisht' or nothing.
You win nothing, you lose nothing.
"Gimel" means 'gantz' or whole.
You take the whole kitty, leaving 1 object, while everyone else puts in 1 object.

"Hay" means 'halb' or half.
You win half of what's in the kitty plus one if there is an odd number.

"Shin" (or in Israel - "Pay") means 'shtel' or put in.
You lose, and must put one object into the kitty.

Here! You can play!

http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/chanuka/dreidel.htm

GIMEL!
THE SLOT QUEEN



chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 9:23 PM

SPEEELING POLISE!!

Sry Diva had to...YOU spelled Hanukkah wrong on your first post...laughing my ass off.

Burma Shave.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 9:24 PM

I knew what they are...I'm jewish.

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.2 - Posts: 1519)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 9:25 PM

Chick dear, No one, not even the Jews, spell Hanukkah right!

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 9:27 PM

Channukah?
True....variations
Ya gotta cough the CH
Only Yom Kippur stays the same

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 11:46 PM

There's a right way to spell it: Het-Nun-Vav-Kaf-Hey. Everything else is just an approximation.

Ok, technically it's Hey-Kaf-Vav-Nun-Het

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 11:48 PM

Sometimes my birthday falls on Yom Kippur.

Other than that, I have nothing intelligent to contribute to this conversation so I'm heading back to the beer room.

siouxsie
Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Wed, 5th Dec '07 11:57 PM

One time my granddaughter, who was about eight, was being proselytized relentlessly by a little friend who was telling her about being baptized. She asked my granddaughter if she had ever been baptized. My granddaughter said, "I'm Jewish." She had never been within 10 miles of a synagogue. But she figured out how to shut up the little evangelist! I may use it myself one day. But anyway, Chick, Diva,and Geo--are you all Jewish? Anyone else?

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:06 AM

I grew up in a Jewish family, if that's what you could call it. Lit the menorah right next to the Christmas tree. My parents never made a big deal of the religion, which is kind of surprising, since my grandmother was ultra-religious. We were about the only Jewish family in our town. When I was growing up the kids used to tell me I was going to hell for killing Jesus - Luckily I had a pretty thick skin, and knew they were just ignorant.

I am now a baptized Seventh-day Adventist. I believe my parents paved the way for that, raising me in the manner they did. I love my Jewish family, and the heritage, and I think it's a beautiful religion, especially the celebration of the Sabbath. I also believe I made the right choice in my life.

Happy Hanukkah and may our Lord Bless you all,

Sheri Ras.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:22 AM

I have a question. I'm sure it must sound ignorant but that's why we are here - to learn, right? I've heard people say they are half Jewish. Now, knowing pretty much NOTHING about all of this, I'm curious how you can be half of a religion. So is being Jewish a religion or a race? I mean, how can you be half Catholic? You either are Catholic or you aren't, right? So if being Jewish is a religion, how can you only be half?

Again, pardon my ignorance but I don't know anyone who is Jewish that I can ask.

Thanks.
Lodi

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:28 AM

I think it might have to do with one parent being Jewish; the other, not.

I've always heard that in order to actually be Jewish one's mother must be. Don't know how true that is....

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:31 AM

Chick is not a MOT.



eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:35 AM

Diva, what's a MOT?

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:36 AM

That's right Sherilyn.
If your mother is, you are.



diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:37 AM

Ask Chick is she's Jewish

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:39 AM

MOT=Member of the Tribe

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:42 AM

What if your father is Jewish but not your mother?

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:46 AM

Then you aren't truly Jewish!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:48 AM

Wow, lots of new things to learn. Ken is actually giving me a lot of information. This is really interesting.

sblv
Sblv  (Level: 188.3 - Posts: 337)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:56 AM

Lodi, don't you know me?

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 12:59 AM

Of course I know you Simon. But I don't know anyone with whom I interact on a daily basis, who is Jewish. Where we could just sit down for lunch one day and I could say "oh by the way......"

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 1:12 AM

I'm enjoying this thread too, where I grew up we had no Jewish people, don't know why. Love to learn about different cultures & religions. Yet to taste a motzah ( sorry for bad spelling ) ball, my loss. Happy Festival of Lights to all

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.2 - Posts: 1519)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 1:13 AM

Reform Judaism recognizes a person to be Jewish, if only on the father's side. Lodi, this question stumps Jewish scholars and lay people alike. Robert Novak, the columnist, becomes a Catholic, is he still of Jewish heritage? Yes. Is Elizabeth Taylor really Jewish because she converted? Yes. Orthodox Judaism, on the other hand, is extremely picky about who is a Jew and who isn't which can cause some PR problems! The debate will go on forever.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 1:19 AM

Thanks! I guess I shouldn't feel so inadequate for being totally confused by it all.

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 1:23 AM

Good info, Claire - thanks!

Blessings,

Sheri Ras.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 2:17 AM


We were raised Methodist, although only my brother still belongs to a Methodist church. When my sister first accepted Matt's proposal, there were some family members on both sides who were a tad upset. Matt is Jewish.

I am so happy to tell you that absolutely no one has any reservations left about their union. My sister and Matt are the best couple I've ever met -- truly ideal. They have produced two beautiful and happy children, continue a loving relationship, and value and respect each other in every way. They truly are a team.

The children now celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, as they do all Christian and Jewish holidays. They have been raised to appreciate and respect both religions, and are encouraged to explore their individual feelings.

I must say that I would love to meet my own Matt. He is the most considerate man -- kind, caring and thoughtful. He's the kind of guy that brings you a sweater in case you need it, and opens the door automatically. He's a true gentleman, as well as a gentle man. He's also funny, intelligent and successful in business. He puts family before personal pleasure (although I imagine that family fulfills him the most).

They truly have a blended family, religion-wise. Don't know if the mother or father being born Jewish is necessary for the child to be considered to be so, but what does that really matter anyway? The truly beautiful thing is that they are a wonderful, well-adjusted family. Who could ask for more?

Susan



geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.2 - Posts: 1519)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 2:29 AM

That is really a neat story! We should all respect one anothers beliefs and traditions.
Most interfaith couples work it out unless family becomes really involved and antagonistic, which some do. I'm so glad it worked out. Think of what she would have missed out on if they listened to the parents instead of with their hearts.


diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 9:57 AM

I once knew a VERY famous Jewish man (can't give name) who said it's better to be a converted Jew than be a born Jew, cause then you're making a choice.

Jesus Christ! What even happened to Paul? I think he started this whole mishabera.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
Born is the King of Israel.

You do know Jesus was a Jew tho.....riiiiiiiiiiight?

Whatever.....to each his own-it's about love-JMHO

We (Jews) just go direct to wherever (Again-JMHO)

http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/display.pd?prodnum=3113582&path=23440

Shalom,
Palma


sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 3:56 PM

My very Jewish cousin marreid a lady whose family is VERY Roman Catholic.

It was very tough on her family, not so much on his. But when all was said and done, the families made a smart choice and stayed out of it.

My cousin and his wife have a beautiful relationship and 2 gorgeous children. Things work themselves out.

Blessings,

Sheri Ras.

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 5:03 PM

Adam Sandler - The Chanukah Song Part 2

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ShhIcFv1AbU


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