Spreading the Light. . . Oil!
Thank G-d we have the most wonderful chagim (holidays) to remind us of Goodness, and Light, and the Purpose of Life--especially in the light (NO pun intended there) of what is happening in the U.S. with the revelation of serious corruption and fraud, some major one even perpetrated by a Jew named Bernie (a shanda): fodder for anti-Semitism, of course.
My computer had been corrupted by 2 Trojans which disabled the security software - how appropriate, in this season, to beware of Greeks bearing gifts--but now they have been quarantined (the Trojans, not the Greeks) and I can reconnect to the internet, my lifeline. I felt totally disconnected (not a pun. really.) without it .
Now to my earth-shatteringly-important question: why, oh why do they NOT have levivot* in Israel? You get sufganiyot* up the kazoo, but nowhere do latkes* proliferate.
Chanukah for me would not be the same without my eema's (aleha ha-shalom) spinach latke recipe, which my hubby makes beautifully!
We (ok, HE) just finished making about 80 of 'em, half potato, and the other 40 or so spinach, for our Shabbat Chanukah 'party' for lunch. I will bake challot tomorrow a.m. and we will also make sufganiyot and lamb cholent, not necessarily in that order. It's a 'pot-luck' with our friends/guests each making or bringing one dish, chicken pieces with rice, Israeli salad, stuffing, drinks for le-chaims, and more--
I wish we could invite more people, but I am already exhausted from searching for full-time work, 2-hour choir rehearsals and Chanukah events (parties, sheva brachot for a former student who just was married, etc.), so we will only be 13 people this Shabbat.
Thirteen is an auspicious number in Judaism, so I'm happy. It's just the right number!
Chanukah sameach and Happy Holidays to you all.
*levivot: potato pancakes
*latkes: same as above
*sufganiyot: jelly doughnuts