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Hanukkah song December 22, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Fun stuff.

Hanukkah (Chanukah) started at sundown last night. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the enemy and commemorates the “miracle of the container of oil.” According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil. (Info quoted from Wikipedia)

I live in an area that is heavily Jewish, so it’s kind of neat to see Hanukkah flags and Christmas lights on different houses. When I was younger Hanukkah wasn’t that big a deal. It was a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar. My Jewish friends would complain about getting socks and underwear as Hanukkah gifts but, as the Plain Dealer reported in How Hanukkah has become hip, that all changed when Adam Sandler performed his Hanukkah song on Saturday Night Live in 1994. So in honor of Hanukkah, I would like to introduce my readers overseas to a young Adam Sandler. Most of you probably only know him from his goofy movies.

Susanne asked me to post this link to Phoebe singing Happy Hanukkah to Monica on Friends.



1. Susanne Aldridge III - December 22, 2008

Oh yeah, I remember I had some Adam Sandler comedy clips but I lost them in a hard drive crash. The “They’re all gonna laugh at you!” is still a running joke between my husband and me.
On the other hand, when I think of Hanukkah Song, I have to think Phoebe’s Christmas song “Monika, Monika – have a Happy Hanukkah”. Can I post a video in the comments?

2. Anonymous - December 26, 2008

I do enjoy this blog but I have to say it was a little disappointing to see the first paragraph of this post taken essentially verbaitm from the Wikepedia entry on Hanukkah.

3. jillsommer - December 26, 2008

Busted! Yes, you are right. It is from Wikipedia. They had a very good explanation. I should have quoted the source. I’ll change it. I should have spent a bit more time crafting the post last week despite the stress of the holidays. Mea culpa.

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