I pretty much always think Hanukkah is awesome. It’s fun that it’s 8 nights and that you don’t have to go to any religious house of worship. All growing up, no matter what, my mother made sure there were 8 presents for each of us. And you were allowed to pick which one to open each night. It was always a strategy decision whether to open the ones that were clearly books (based on shape) at the beginning of the 8 days or at the end. Because no matter what anyone says, books are always the second-class gifts. Sorry for speaking the truth.
But for some reason, this year is extra fun Hanukkah time. I think it’s really for two reasons:
Faye & David had an awesome Hanukkah party on Sunday and Faye made Smitten Kitchen’s latke recipe. Latkes are always good but these were on point. LATKES. Can we talk about them more? Is there a better food than basically hash browns but more Jewishly delicious? No.
2. “Candlelight” youtube video.
Yes, it’s been viral and all over the news and you’ve all seen it 200 times. Well, it’s the last night of Hanukkah, so you should watch it once more. I cannot get the catchy lyrics out of my head. Latkes and dreidels are really having their time to shine, and I like it. I also am sort of crushing on those Yeshiva U guys. Maybe I wanted to be Orthodox… Here is the video and then the Mike Tompkins’ A Cappella version of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”, which is ridic in itself. The guy beat boxes every single instrument and layer in the song. I wonder what talent feels like? Also, he’s hot.