While many bloggers such as Phil are cleaning up after Christmas, we’re still in the thick of Hanukkah.
On Sunday night, we went to the Upland menorah lighting where Seth met Judah the Maccabee, danced with Orthodox men – they don’t dance with women – and received a fragile toy helicopter that started disintegrating shortly after it came home.
The instantly beloved toy is sitting in the garage with two of the top blades uneasily glued back on to the rotor. The rear blades also broke off. I can already see that the glue isn’t going to do the trick alone. I need to fashion a splint of sorts to keep the toy in one piece.
If you think about it, that’s kind of odd. But then I grew up in Chicago during an era when Nazis paraded through Skokie, Illinois, each year. When I was in college at Indiana University, there also were several KKK conventions. I even sent a reporter to cover one of the rallies.
So even though I write about my hopes for the future, I’m still somewhat leery about how the media keeps declaring that Jewish is “in” this year. I guess my lifelong instincts will always find me occasionally eyeballing the parking lot to watch out for anti-Semitic hoodlums.
My wife thinks I’m a bit silly, but continuous destruction of menorahs, especially in the Northeast, leads me to believe that some anti-Semitism is alive and well:
- Baldwin, New York
Philadelphia(I received word that wind was to blame.)
- Holbrook, New York
- Orange County, California
- New Windsor, New York
- Briarcliff Manor, New York
Then again, most of these incidents were relatively minor. The real danger to Jews seems to lie outside this country, but that’s for another post.
In the meantime, Seth also received a 50-piece Home Depot tool kit that he’s fallen in love with. It coincides nicely with a book called Tools that Seth and I have been looking at during breakfast for months. Seth likes to ask, “Is that a sharp tool?”
And Lael received a little tent for when we go to the beach, which will get lots of use starting in summer. Actually, Seth and Lael already have been enjoying it in our bedroom.
In a couple days, we’ll continue our Hanukkah celebration by heading out to Grandma’s in Scottsdale. We hope to take Seth to the Train Park again. Onward Holidays!