Adventures in Links — December 4, 2015 (Hanukkah)

Theme: Hanukkah

So it’s that time of the year when Christians get really excited about wishing people a Happy Hanukkah and Jewish people just roll with it. Why? Because Hanukkah, despite what you may have learned as a child, is not “Jewish Christmas.” It’s not even that important of a holiday to Jewish people, but, hey, at least it means that our overly-Christianized society will pay attention to them, right?

That being said, there are a lot of different resources about Hanukkah to look up, and it’s fun to learn about Hanukkah. Hanukkah also starts Sunday, December 6, and lasts through December 14, so it’s a great time to learn about the holiday. I will be posting basic facts about Hanukkah later, but for now, here are some fun and somewhat silly links.

If you would like a really quick overview of the holiday with an introduction to some funny media, click here. It tells you a lot about the actual holiday and then gives you some things to laugh about.

However, if you’d like a more serious introduction, click here for the History Channel’s videos on Hanukkah. The videos include the historical and Biblical information as well as information about food and traditions. They’re really quite good.

On the opposite spectrum are this post and this post from Buzzfeed that tell you the history of Hanukkah through hot guys and sloths, respectively. It is surprisingly factual.

If you’d like to see how Christians view the holiday, you could either go to any major chain retailer or click here for a short video. Christians are pretty uninformed, and it’s hilarious (or sad, depending on your opinion).

Let’s turn to food. Food is pretty important on Hanukkah/every holiday, and there are traditional foods that many Jewish people eat like the famous latkes and matzo ball soup. If you click here, you can get some amazing latke recipes that I’m absolutely going to make. If you click here, you’ll get dessert recipes that I am also going to make. Caution: your mouth will water.

Finally, there are some fun songs and movies/TV shows that people have made about Hanukkah. Most of them are pretty silly. If you click here, here, and here, you can see three different versions of Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. Sandler’s kind of a dick, but he did get people singing something other than “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel.” Other options include this song about making latkes, this parody of Adele’s “Hello,” and this parody of The Whip, Nae-Nae, and “Hotline Bling.” Make sure you click on the groups’ other videos too – they’re really well-done.

As for movies, I have two options for you: the serious ones and the fun ones. For serious ones, click here. They’re not all actually about Hanukkah, but they do have Jewish themes and issues. For the fun ones, click here. This is where you’ll get the Friends episode, the Rugrats episode, and Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are any links to the whole episodes and movies, but you can totally find them with a bit of light searching.

Enjoy!

* Featured photo taken from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/12034100/Hannukkah-2015-Jewish-festival-of-Light-december-history-and-customs.html

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