It is the first day of Ḥanukkah, and as usual, for the sake of publicizing the miracle, I lit my windproof menorah outside last night. (This is a good way to confuse one’s non-Jewish neighbors. For those who feel self-conscious about “extreme menorah-lighting”, keep in mind that Christians tend to put up lights for the holiday they happen to have around the same time of year, too.) For a change I did not use those sealed glass oil bulbs, but instead used olive oil poured (or rather squirted with a medicine dropper) directly into the menorah. At first I used a wax wick held up with a little cork circle, but that went out too early, so I replaced it with a more old-school cotton(?) wick, which lasted much longer.
Today’s news and commentary:
- “Gift Giving”: Note: There is no authentic tradition of giving presents on Ḥanukkah or of a Ḥanukkah fairy.
- Rhymes with Orange 2008-12-22
- “Octopuses give eight thumbs up for high-def TV”
- “Milan's homeless get caviar for Christmas”