christine~ (eppylover) wrote,

Spending Hannukah in Santa Monica

Brian Epstein and friend motoring in California
I dunno about you, but I'd LOVE to be
Spending Hannukah in Santa Monica

These are The Lyrics
to the above song - although at this site they spell Shavu'os with a "t" at the end.
Unless that's an acceptable alternate spelling. How should I know, I'm just a damned shiksa! ;)
For your pleasure and perusal, a very comprehensive Tom Lehrer fanpage

For the dates Hanukkah (or Chanukah, or however you want to spell it) is observed/celebrated this year, see below:

Hanukkah 2005

Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that begins on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev, which usually falls during the month of December, but occasionally begins during November.

In 2005, Hanukkah is celebrated from sundown Dec. 25 through sundown Jan. 2, 2006. (The observance of all Jewish holidays begins at sunset the previous day.)

The year 2005 translates to the year 5766 on the Jewish calendar.

Hanukkah (also commonly spelled “Chanukah”) means “rededication” in Hebrew. The holiday commemorates an event that occurred 23 centuries ago, marking the survival of Judaism.

Often called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is one of the best known and most joyous holidays for the Jewish community. While not a particularly important religious occasion, Hanukkah is a special time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends.

Hanukkah refers to a second century (165 B.C.E.) conflict when Palestine was caught between two great Hellenistic powers: Egypt and Syria. This conflict divided the empire of Alexander the Great. Under Syrian power, there was a campaign to establish political and religious conformity by “Hellenizing” the Jews, forcing them to adopt Greek dress and customs. Even more serious, the Syrian emperor decreed that the Temple in Jerusalem, the national house of worship, would become a temple to the Greek god, Zeus.

A small band of soldiers led by Judah Maccabee staged a successful rebellion against the Syrians and rededicated the Temple. Hanukkah celebrates the restoration of religious freedom and the preservation of Jewish customs, as well as the traditional Jewish worship service.

The “Festival of Lights” refers to the legend of a miracle that occurred during the rededication of the Temple. When the Jews sought to rekindle the menorah in the Temple sanctuary, they found only enough purified oil to last one day, yet miraculously, the small portion of oil burned for eight days — the length of time required to purify new oil.

Hallmark produced its first Hanukkah cards in the 1940s.

During the eight days of Hanukkah, a candle is lit each night to commemorate the miracle of the oil in the Temple. Nine candles are arranged in a candelabra called a menorah — one for each night, plus the shamash or shammus (meaning servant), the candle used to light the others. Candles are lit from left to right, and the shamash is placed in the middle at a different height.

Families gather at nightfall to rekindle the menorah flames, rededicate themselves to their faith, and share in festive meals. Blessings are sung or recited as the candles are lit. First, a special blessing for the Hanukkah lights, then a blessing for the miracles that happened long ago, and then the Shehehayanu — a blessing said on the first night of every Jewish holiday.

Each night of Hanukkah may feature songs or readings, games and gifts ranging from “gelt” (money) to candy to other small presents.

One Hanukkah tradition, especially for children, is playing the dreidel game with spinning tops. On each of the four sides of the dreidel, there is one of four Hebrew letters that stand for “Great Miracle Happened There.”

It is customary to eat fried foods on Hanukkah because of the significance of oil to the holiday. Special potato pancakes fried in oil called latkes are served as a reminder of the miraculous oil.

Finally, here is another site (in addition to, as described in my LJ entry HERE) that hasn't received a Cease & Desist yet from Apple or the RIAA, with a bunch of Beatles mp3's for download ... including ALL of their Xmas fan club records! Click to go to - ... and get em before they get stopped!

Fab Santas

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