Hanukkah…And All That Jazz

1 Dec

Why? Because it is incredibly cute. This is what Hanukkah is all about.


I’m Jewish. Perhaps the most consistent question I am asked in regards to Hannukah is: How the heck do you spell it?

Hanukkah. Spell it like that. The Chanukah spelling is the Romanized version. Or, better yet, just spell it like this:

The Festival of Lights.

See how much clearer and English that is. Yes, most people’s knowledge of Hanukkah is limited to Adam Sandler‘s Hanukkah description. “Instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights.”

And, that’s about it. Just kidding. Hanukkah celebrates the exceptional burning of candles for eight night. That’s right, the candles burned for eight days. What many people do not know is that Hanukkah has some serious historical undertones. Well, religious history. Here is the very, very, very condensed, one sentence version.

Jews outlawed, fight and than re-dedicate temple (Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew verb to dedicate). Do you want something a little more detailed? Check this out: http://www.theholidayspot.com/hanukkah/history.htm

Now, what do people generally think of when you say Hanukkah. Dreidels come up, or, that spinning top thing with the weird letters on each side. Or, this:

This is just too funny

And, what’s better than some jazzy swingin’ dreidel.

Kenny Ellis is a jazz/big-band performer who makes Hanukkah songs, like the one above. This Philadelphia native makes some pretty awesome Hanukkah hits, and while you light the first candle, eat some latkas and spin the dreidel tonight…enjoy this unconventional dreidel song. And, if you are not Jewish, you still have a little time until Christmas or Kwanzaa, so celebrate with us!

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