Celebrating The Holidays

This holiday outfit has got to win an award. 


The matching suit and tie with all the decorative holiday ornaments. 


The bright red shirt. 


The tree hat with the star on top.


And the dark glasses. 


Wow, standout city!


Where do you get clothing like this?

I wonder if I could do this with a menorah too. LOL


Happy Holidays to all.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Happy Hanukah Trader Joe’s Style

Trader Joe’s has the best food shopping experience, hands down. 

They also have the best edible and good tasting fresh, healthy food. 

On top of it, they have a nice gift card for a Happy Hanukah!

I vote that we replace all the other crummy supermarkets with Trader Joes instead. 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

The Passover Menorah

It’s Passover this week, not Chanukah. 


So what’s with the menorah?


Well my friend, John Akkus (of Akkus Silver Touch), made this beautiful piece for me. 


I love the fine handiwork of copper, brass, crystals, Jewish symbols (Stars of David) and bold colors of this amazing menorah. 


John sells his art at the annual Suglarloaf Festivals in the Spring. 


I am so glad I found this wonderful menorah–it is beautiful all year long (through Chanukah and Passover). 


Thank you John and nice job!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Celebrating Chanukah At Ulpan

It was so nice tonight at Ulpan. 


Morah Degani had a special night planned for us tonight to celebrate Chanukah. 


She called me up to light the candles for the 3rd night and recite the blessing. 


Then she played Chanukah songs and we sang along to the Hebrew words on the screen. 


We later read and talked about the story of Chanukah and all the meaning and significance of it for having freedom of religion/worship and to maintain our religion and not assimilate. 


It was a beautiful way to learn and practice our Hebrew. 


Happy 3rd night of Chanukah! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

On The First Night Of Chanukah

Please see my article in The Times of Israel called, “The Lesson of the Candy Lane Menorah.”

It was a beautiful ushering in the first night of Chanukah by Chabad of Bethesda, Maryland. The “candy” menorah that they were going to use was somehow destroyed, but Chabad came with a spare–they are terrific…even when things go wrong, miracles can happen, but we have to be prepared like Chabad was tonight.

Happy First Night of Chanukah to everyone! 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

From Darkness Will Come Light

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In response to continuing hateful and anti-Semitic resolutions by the UN and supported by President Barack Obama, here is what Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thoughtfully said:

“Here on the first night of Hanukah, I stand next to the Maccabees of our times, IDF soldiers and wounded IDF heroes. 

I salute you and say to you clearly: The light will dispel the darkness. 

The spirit of the Maccabees will overcome.
Happy Hanukah!”

Israel is a tiny democratic nation, the size of New Jersey, surrounded by hostile nations and terror organizations, but by continuing to shine a light on the desire for true peace and security for a people that were decimated by the Holocaust, we can dispel the darkness of thousands of years of hate and discrimination. 


I believe in my deepest heart of hearts that most people in the world, and especially in the shining light of nations of America and Israel, are good and decent.


And together, we can overcome the darkness of bigotry, intolerance, and hatred with the light of good and righteousness in this world. 


Faith, caring, and love can overcome.  😉


(Source Graphic Andy Blumethal)