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dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: December 23rd, 2006 06:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I see you're followers of the snuffing-and-reusing candles method. I don't let 'em burn all the way down either. Why use 44 a year when you can squeak by with 9?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2006 06:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We don't even know what we're doing, to be honest. As lapsed Christians who sent our daughter to the JCC for pre-school, we became religiously bicultural by accident and without much depth. Still, we enjoyed singing the prayer, converted into Roman alphabet syllables, in a joyfully inaccurate manner. I think Skylar actually might have wanted to let them burn down at first, but was persuaded not too. The holidays are already a blur for me.

BTW, I'm really sorry about your rough semester. I haven't had anything quite that bad happen in short succession, but I do feel like I can partially know your pain. Remember, I'm up for coffee or something, if you're free and wish to be less of a hermit. No pressure, though.
elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: December 23rd, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Though you may be celebrating without much depth and without a lot of accuracy, it's nice that Skylar gets to enjoy a variety of holiday celebrations. I used to get that because I had a best childhood friend who was Jewish and one that was Catholic (we were not really practicing undefined protestants), and it gave me a real interest in people's beliefs and celebrations. In college, I met some amazing people and had some lovely experiences because of my interest and openness to participating in Judaism. So hooray! And hooray for pictures of people by candlelight. So warm.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I totally agree. My mother wished she'd married a Jewish boy she met in college, so I grew up with Theodore Bikel records and paeans to the state of Israel. Just not the Hebrew prayers. . .
From: hipsandquips Date: December 23rd, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
speaking of your daughter, i was in wal-mart buying xmas presents for my nieces and i saw the barbie pooping dog set and i was like omgthat'ssoawesomeeee. however, it worries me that the poop looks the same going in and out.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
LIke rabbits: E=M*C squared.
danthered From: danthered Date: December 23rd, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
we became religiously bicultural by accident and without much depth.

Ah. Well, as a lapsed Jew, let me give you a short crash course: It's all about the food. With the exception of the High Holidays (Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana), pretty much all Jewish holidays can be summarised thus: "They tried to wipe us out. They failed. Let's eat." Chanukah brings fried things. Latkes, sure, but the symbolism is in the oil, not what you fry in it, so do whatever you feel. Potato latkes with applesauce, zuchini latkes with sour cream, salmon croquettes, fried chicken, all of the above. Purim brings hamentaschen, triangular cookies filled with e.g. raspberry, prune, or apricot jam or poppy seed or almond filling, that are fun to make and delicious. Passover's my favourite; it brings all kinds of deliciousness. Matzo ball soup*, sweet matzo kugel, charoset, braised brisket, and, if you grew up on it but probably not if you didn't, gefilte fish.

*-I was in charge of matzo ball soup in our family from the time I was about eleven. Want my recipe?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sure! We love Jewish food. I also have a really good cookbook on Italian Jewish food. Even Rosh Hashana has apples dipped in honey.
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: December 23rd, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
actually, from an artistic perspective (whether it's religiously authentic or not) i am rather partial to the way the candles bear witness to their use over the course of the holiday by sitting at different heights. it seems more authentic to the original meaning of channukah anyway, rather than the lighting of new candles each night.

and conservationist at that! :-)
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