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Festival of Links

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The problem with Christmas is that you can’t throw a good party, as it has an irritating habit of falling on Christmas. The timing’s all wrong. Unless you plan your Christmas party for the weekend after Thanksgiving (a move I cannot support) and/or make a conscious choice to befriend the estranged, all potential guests will have departed for ancestral stomping grounds before you have a chance to set out the cheese plate. But don’t fret! I have a solution for you-

Marry a half-Jewish boy and selectively employ the holidays of his forefathers as an excuse to feed and amuse your friends.

Respectfully making someone else’s holiday your own requires a little research, which, really, only makes the whole thing even better. Dave and I have been celebrating Hanukkah in an increasingly elaborate fashion for a few years now, and, in that time, we have amassed a small collection of useful information.

<— Obviously didn’t do their research.

  • The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking by Phyllis and Miriyam Glazer. This wonderful cookbook is sorted by holiday. We use it every year. It also has an excellent recipe for chicken with figs and wine to be served for Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur (post-fast).
  • Jonathan Safran Foer’s A Beginner’s Guide to Hanukkah, published in the New York Times, 12/22/2005. Makes an excellent wall-hanging to amuse neophyte Hanukkah partygoers.

The Droidel

  • The Droidel! Perfect for the Chosen Star Wars fan in your life! The picture on the website really doesn’t do it justice. Here’s the Droidel I made a couple of years ago (I used a skewer that runs all the way through the droidel to keep the end nice and pointy).
  • And, because we must always politicize things just a teeny bit,* here’s a link to a post Danya Ruttenberg made today on her blog, where she links to long and short versions of how she came to deal with Hanukkah’s unpleasant backstory. She’s one of my favorite Jewish bloggers (The Velveteen Rabbi being the other) and I love the essay collection that she edited, Yentil’s Revenge.

* Dave and I spent the hour while candle #1 was burning last night eating a lentil soup from Olive Trees and Honey and chatting about the Democratic contenders. I listened to the NPR radio debate yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, and John Edwards. I’m still for Obama, though. Clinton is so, so disappointing. It’s disappointing that she’s disappointing.


Written by Raina

December 5, 2007 at 10:41 am

Posted in Gastronomy

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