At Chateau Laybecca, Jerusalem
Well, it’s the first day of Hanukkah, or Chanukah or whatever it is you want to call it. I hope you all lit candles and are eating oily treats, sufganiyot, sfenj or latkes. Maybe you’re playing with your dreidl too! Surely you’re well rested after Nitl Nacht, the one day a year on Christmas Eve where you’re not supposed to study Torah (I know, I know, ma nishtana ha laylah ha zeh… oy). Perhaps you want to contemplate weighty issues, such as the historical origins of Hanukkah as a bloody civil war between Jews who wanted to maintain their way of life, vs. Jews who wanted to be a part of the prevailing Hellenistic cultural norm (reverse circumcisions – read all about it!).
Or maybe you just want some good entertainment? Fair enough. Here’s this year’s crop of just-in-time-for-Chanukah funny stuff for you to enjoy. There’s Christmastime for the Jews, Robert Smigel’s Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse claymation. Perhaps you might enjoy Sarah Silverman’s Give The Jew Girl Toys (“Hey, Santa! You’ve got as much to do with Jesus as you do with Scooby Doo!”). You may also want to revisit a classic with some, but not much Jewish content – South Park’s Jesus vs. Santa. And what is Hanukkah without some Hassidic tinged hip hop? Check out the appropriately named Jew Da Maccabi’s Iron Like a Lion Video and while you’re at it, how about some Hassidic reggae and Matisyahu’s new video for King Without a Crown. I’m sure I missed tons – feel free to share any other cool Chanukah stuff with us here, from the literary to the satirical to the just plain silly.
Lots of Christmas stuff here, I know, but what with the War on Christmas thing and the proximity of both, dare I say it, holidays, it’s only natural. Consequently, you may want to know more about how the other side lives, you may even decide to look up “baby Jesus” on Google. If you do, don’t click on the first link. Unless you want to buy baby Jesus butt plugs from the biggest range of butt plugs in Australia.
Yay! Happy Chanukah!