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Timing is Everything

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Last night was super fun. Lighting the candles was particularly wonderful for me. Beernut (who is only seven and won’t begin his Hebrew instruction for another year) sang along in full voice. Ach — that just makes me feel so proud and pleased. Presents were opened, admired, and then cast aside for a hard-core game of dreidel. A FORTY-FIVE MINUTE game of dreidel.

Funny, I don’t remember it being that boring when I was a kid…

Anyway, the kids had a terrific time spinning their dreidels and teaching our America-Korean nanny how to play. Getting them to bed was the usual yontiv struggle. Too much going on and they don’t want to miss a thing. In fact, Beernut and Poppyseed appeared at 2:30am this morning, requesting to play one of their new games.

Them:

We’ll be really quiet.

Me:

Um…yeah, no kidding you’ll be quiet. You’re going back to bed and then you’ll be asleep — and really quiet!

So you can imagine how pleased I was to have to d-r-a-g the kids out of bed this morning and hustle them out the door.

Beernut: ARRRGH! I’ve got a big fat test today!!!

[State benchmark testing]

Who thought it would be a good idea to have testing during this week? I know that it is unrealistic to expect the world to be sensitive to us ALL the time. However, given that most people seem to think that this is our most important holiday…

It’s just that sometimes I get so tired of having to explain myself and why we do this or why we don’t do that and so forth.

I had the following conversation earlier today:

So doesn’t your holiday start on December 12?

“Not this year. Started last night, as a matter of fact.”

Oh. So what is the holiday about anyway.

So I explain about the struggle to assert religious differences, the Temple, oil, and Chanukah’s proximaty to Christmas has created the tradition of gift-giving to become a part of our observance.

So it’s not because of the Wise Men?

[Somehow I don’t think that she is referring to the Sanhedrin]

“Um…no, no wise men involved here. We don’t have the wise men. Don’t have Jesus either.”

But…but they’re in the Bible. Ya know, the New Testament.


“Oh. That’s not part of our Bible. So it’s not there.”

Isn’t that weird?

“Not for us.”

What I sometimes ask is if they regard the Koran as part of the Bible but I just had a feeling that this line of questioning might just confuse things.

Oy!

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