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Posts for December, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

Timothy Kincaid

December 8th, 2012

Tonight is the first night of the Festival of Lights.

Be sure to get your candles…

Timothy Kincaid

December 19th, 2011

Because Hanukkah begins tomorrow night.

Now normally there is no need to announce the date of the first night of Hanukkah. But if, by chance, you are going by the B’nai B’rith calendar you might think it doesn’t start until Wednesday.


Fortunately, the nice Chasidic couple in the elevator gave me a Chabad calendar with the right dates.


A Message To You (From Me and the Boys With the Loudspeaker)

Timothy Kincaid

December 24th, 2008

Sometimes I delight in living in Southern California. And last night was one such night.

I was driving along Hollywood Boulevard when I heard loud music coming from a car. And then up alongside me pulls an SUV with a speaker strapped to the roof blaring music in (I assume) Hebrew and next to it was a Menorah with light bulbs lit up to represent the third night of Hanakkah.

The four teenaged Orthodox boys (whom a coworker tells me were Chabad) were smiling and waving and I’ll pass on to you the message they gave to me:


Chanukah: “Defeat of the Homosexual Agenda”

Jim Burroway

December 6th, 2007

Tuesday was the start of Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. During the rededication, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. But miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was enough time to press and consecrate more olive oil to keep the eternal flame alive. I had to look all that up in Wikipedia. I apologize if I got any of the details wrong or left out anything important.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, thinks that description is deficient in one important aspect:

Chanukah was Historically and Remains a Celebration of the Victory Over Hellenistic Jewish Social Liberals and the Homosexual Agenda

…The faithful Jews, willingly martyred themselves to defeat the debauchery of that time both heterosexual and homosexual. Thus Chanukah represents the first ever defeat of a world power’s homosexual agenda!

I’ve probably only heard the Dreidel song a couple of times in my lifetime, but I don’t remember that in the lyrics.