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Friday, December 15, 2006

Happy Hanukkah

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Here is a link to some of the recent takes on the Latke v. Hamentash debate.

Today I taught in two classrooms - pre-school and pre-k - talking about the celebration and miracle of Hanukkah.  The focus was on the lesson of tolerance, diversity, and freedom and perhaps there was enough interest sparked in the young minds that in 20 years from now, they too will decide to go to law school and deepen their study of civil and political rights...

Happy Holidays to All!

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Not even a close question. Latkes. Latkes have heart and soul. Hamantaschen are a trifle. How can you take seriously a food that depends on prune? And why latkes versus hamantaschen? Why not latkes versus matzah brie?

And boo hiss to nouveau latkes (i.e., upper West Side latkes). Grate the potatoes and the onions (food processor is okay). Couple of eggs. Not too much flour or matzah meal. Salt. Pepper. Lots of olive oil. Heaven.

Thanks to Patrick, by the way, for the ecumenical spirit. But Hanukkah owes a lot to Christmas for its prominence on the calendar.

In the same spirit, I buy a Christmas CD just about every year. This year I recommend Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong.

Chappy Chanukah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Seasons Greetings! Have fun grading!

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Dec 15, 2006 8:45:18 PM

For those, like me, who are not Jewish (in either a religious or 'cultural'/secular sense) but would like to learn a bit more about Hanukkah, I would recommend: Philip Goodman, ed., The Hanukkah Anthology (Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society, 1992 ed.). This volume is one in a series of books published by JPS covering Jewish festivals and holy days (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Purim, etc.). Each volume is fairly comprehensive, with glossaries and helpful bibliographies.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Dec 15, 2006 8:09:25 PM

In my family growing up, we enjoyed both latkes and hamentaschen, but there was a debate about how to eat the former. My father's side of the family ate the potato pancakes more like potatos, with sour cream; my mother's side more like pancakes, with applesauce and sugar. I believe as a child I sided with my mom on that one.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Dec 15, 2006 6:11:41 PM

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