Remarks by the President at Afternoon Hanukkah Reception - a reception attended by, among others, Dana Gitell, who coined the term "Thanksgivukkah."Read more
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m: Northeastern says two students "have accepted responsibility for vandalizing the university's Menorah" and that they now face disciplinary action. Still no word on just what they did.
Northeastern President Joseph Aoun alerted his campus in e-mail this morning. He didn't specify just how the Krentzman Quad menorah was damaged, but said it's been repaired and that campus police are hunting suspects. His...Read more
DSG is slowly unraveling the history of the holiday. For example, not all the Maccabees were heroic swordsman kicking Greco-Syrian butt:
... There were the nerds, like Harold The Bookworm Would It Hurt You To Go Outside Once In A While You're So Pasty Maccabee, the wimpy, downright cowardly relatives like Merton Afraid Of His Own Shadow Itâ€™s So Mortifying If Only Your Grandfather...Read more
Nothing should stand between a girl and her Chanukah brisket, especially not the crappy, axle-cracking condition of Charles River Drive in Watertown, a grumpy Mels grumps.
I live across the street from the Stop n' Shop on Harvard Street in Brookline and yesterday around 8 pm witnessed the strangest thing! There was a white SUV cruising around the parking lot with what appeared to be a menorah (with 2 lit candles) mounted on its roof and what I suspect was Hanukuah/Hebrew music blaring from some speakers.
Did anyone else see this?...Read more
Matthew got one of those dreidels that plays "The Dreidel Song" when it spins. So of course, he promptly hacked it by taking it apart and replacing the sound chip with one that plays Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."
... Now, like most people, I'm ambivalent about Wagner - I mean, nice music and all, but oy vey, Richard, always with the anti-Semitism -...Read more
Jim Sullivan recounts that his grandfather delivered milk in Mattapan back in the days when it was heavily Jewish. People would ask him his name, he'd say "Sullivan" but they'd hear "Solomon" and assume he was a landsman. Came to a head one day:
... Anyway, one day while he was doing his route, some of the older Jewish men called for him to...Read more