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09 December 2015


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Yours Truly

To all the descendants of Abraham out there who frequent this here blog:

Happy [C]Hannukah.

r whitman

Bah !! Humbug !!


r whitman,



Thank you. And a merry Christmas to you!


יתכן שמים ישמרו עליך ואת יקיריך.

[May Heaven watch over you & your loved ones.]


Happy Channukah!



Happy Hanukkah everyone!

Hanukkah in Santa Monica (Tom Lehrer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LslsgH3-UFU

"Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us 40 years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil."
-- Golda Meir [from Hanukkah joke website]


Chag Urim Sameach!!

but...just read this....

Who says scrooge has to be about Christmas



Happy Hanukkah!
May candle light, and self-irony, be always with us!

Degringolade, what does 'Chag Urim Sameach!!' mean? Maybe you are suggesting that we here, at this blessing of a committee, exchange gifts for the holidays? What a splendid idea!
Everyone could share a book title, a caricature, a travel destination, a hobby, .... - something that has brought joy into our lives.

There are financial/time restrictions in our lives, yet we could gift each other new experiences, even if they be vicarious only


it IS hard being a minority. it ain't easy being a majority either


30% increase in fires, god does not like people who forget their fire safety measure over the holidays.


in the same fashion we could later celebrate the Gypsy New Year, the Confutius one, the Muslim NY, the Hindu feast and so on. The world is bleak enough, we could use some justified gift sharing!


might just be ineffable's idea of a gentle reminder. communications glitch.


Happy Hannukah!


wonderful idea glupi,
We can start with Mel Brooks as Moses?

Happy Hannukah!

Charles Dekle

to all,

In the only three languages with which I have some experience:
Happy Channukah!
Merry Christmas!
Joyeux Noël!
Frohe Weihnachten!


It's hard for me to just say Happy Hanukkah unless one accepts it as: "Ohhh let's give the Jewish kids something to celebrate during the declining daytime of Winter while everybody else is celebrating a Christian Christmas with Santa and all that!" In actuality Hanukkah is a reminder of how light prevailed over darkness because faith prevailed over hopelessness. The prevailing of Good over Evil will have to be a work in progress whether one celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah during this dismal prevalence of darkness over light on the seasonal clock. But one thing we can all agree on is that, whether we celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, enlightenment will not come to any of us unless we realize that all our faiths-- especially Islam-- stem from honoring God by shedding generously the light of kindness on eachother in the midst of an incredibly dark Winter ahead.

I especially wish to honor and thank the good Colonel who continues to enlighten us with his blog and promotes dialogue on this site. So I hope his light will warm and light up the path to the better side of all who despair over how little the sacrifices of the past buffered the present, leaving the future so dark.

Please, all, take time to feel the warmth of the Holidays in this bleak and cold Winter that has hit some much harder than others. It will give you strength to cope with the dark and cold Winter yet to come from the New Year to full blown Spring. There is some good to justify some kindness everywhere, no matter how desperate and enraged we become at one another.



"... in a setting pitting a standing army against a guerilla war." This is not that. I am expert in fighting guerillas, having fought many. The war in Syria is a conventional war since the US backed rebels want to hold ground. Al hamdu lillah. pl


well, thank you, sillybill, i guess

let me just put your gift in my gift basket (quite an empty one, if i may point out...khe,khe*).
Recently Mr Jonathan Greenblatt gave me a gift through the Anti-Defamation League website:

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I?"

* hopeful embarrassedness

By the way, the German meaning of Gift is ruining my New Year shopping!!


Hannukah celebrates the Jewish Maccabbee fanatics' murder of thousands of Greeks and hellenized Jews. It is a blatant 'in your face' Jewish extremist celebration of the extermination of tolerant gentiles and those Jews who 'betrayed' judaism by living in peace with the gentiles.

Anyone who celebrates Hannukah is either profoundly ignorant or profoundly evil. I will be charitable and assume that you are mereky extremely ignorant, pl.

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