Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, 11/07/2013

Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgiving

Happy #Thanksgivukkah

Every year Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah or Chanukah as one in unity. Jewish holidays do cross paths with Christian holidays, i.e., Christmas, Easter, etc. But what happens when the American holiday Thanksgiving smashes into Hanukkah you get Thanksgivukkah.

The Jewish Hebrew calendar is lunar based, which means a year can be as short as 353 days and as long as 385 days per year.

Boston Magazine reported that the once-in-a-lifetime concept was embraced around the U.S. There has been some debate about the name; Israeli newspaper Haaretz posed the question: "Why 'Thanksgivukkah'? Why not 'Chanksgiving?'" and then points to a clip from The O.C. for the origins of the portmanteau Chrismukkah as the basis of the Thanksgivukkah portmanteau (Wikipedia, 2013)

We have to wait another 77,798 years for the next Thanksgivukkah, it only happens once in a lifetime.
History Lessons
Thursday, November 28, 2013, is the first day of Hanukkah. On Hanukkah we eat traditional foods; potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts), foods fried in oil. The significance of oil, Judah Maccabee recaptured the temple in Israel from the Syrian’s. Light was needed, and a small amount of oil was found, the oil was enough for one day, and ended up lasting eight days, long enough to make more oil.

On #Chanukah #Hanukkah, we light an 8 branched menorah with a helping candle to commemorate the miracle.

Miracles Verse:
Against all odds drive on till tomorrow
Wipe away your tears and your sorrow
Sunrise in the sky like an arrow
No need to worry, no need to cry
Light up your mind no longer be blind
Him who searches will find
Leave your problems behind you will shine like a fire in the sky
what’s the reason we’re alive – the reason we’re alive…
Bound to stumble and fall but my strength comes not from man at all
(Maccabeats, 2011).

On Thursday November 21, is the day the Pilgrims broke bread with the Native Americans in 1621, at Plymouth Rock, MA. President Roosevelt declared the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving, November 28, 1941, and today is the actual day declared for giving thanks, November 28, 2013.

The Smashing of Food
Thanksgiving foods are traditional, turkey, cranberries, potatoes, etc. This year Jewish Gastronomes will have a once in a lifetime chance to blend two traditions together.

Thanksgivukkah food examples are Maneschewitz brined turkey with a sweet potato latke kugel, and for desert turkey gravy jelly donuts.

Our Thanksgiving Day Menu
Hors d'oeuvre - humus with savory peppers, raw vegetables, baked brie, with a savory onion relish
Turkey - deep fried turkey
Side dishes - sweet potato latke kugel, tart cranberries, a salad, and homemade tater tots
Desert - bourbon pecan pie that is gluten free, cheesecake. cookies, brownies, a nosh 
Libations – open bar, please drink and drive responsibly
Bon Appetite and Chag Semach #Chanukah

I wish everyone good health, joy, kindness, and love.  May your miracles come true.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Twas The Night Before Thanksgivukkah

Spoken Word Poem
by helen r. starr ©11/22/2013

Twas the night before Thanksgivukkah, and all through the house, children where screaming, Dreidel’s where spinning, A turkey was basting all on it’s own, and then we heard a thud.

Everyone froze, who could this be; “I shouted “its Moshe Rabbeinu,” he really does exist.” Amen.”

We heard a muffled “Oy gevalt, Oy vey iz mir, today is only Wednesday, I thought it was Thanksgiving, oy.”

“Who is that speaking,” with wonderment we ran to the stairs and froze? To our dismay we saw a glowing Dreidel, it was spinning bright lights. It’s true, there is a Giant Dreidel filled with Chanukah gelt.

We saw a team of eight menurkey’s, lead by Moshe, holding the parting Rod. I shook my head, I rubbed my eyes, I must be high.

And then I heard, Yo Yo Yo, I shouted, “it’s Hanukkah Harry, and he really does exist.” He visits families far and wide, spreading the message like a cantor on the High Holidays.  

We all stared.

“Harry, is that really you, you are a “Mighty Jew,” like Judah Maccabee.” He gave a wink and a nod. He started moving like he was davening, and humming, it sounded like,

“Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel; I made you out of clay.”

And then all of a sudden the house lit up, really bright from eight shining lights, and then he disappeared, but off in the distance I heard,

Oy Oy Oy, Happy Thanksgivukkah… and to all a good night.

Friday, November 22, 2013


#Fragile hrs© 11/2013

Defining #Fragile, frag·ile,  /ˈfrajəl,-ˌjīl/

Our souls are made of flesh and bones, and we can easily damage or break our souls if we allow it. 

      /ˈfrajəl,-ˌjīl/ hrs© 11/08/2013


Friday, November 8, 2013


What Do You See? hrs© 11/08/2013

Rorschach Marbles

Rorschach based his psychology assessments on Psychodiagnostics (diagnosed by perception). Many call it the Inkblot Test where the patient looks at a series of inkblot’s on a page.

Eye Opener

The inkblot test uses Algorithms, and why are these rhythms important, because the Internet gathers our data based on Algorithms. Your emotional functions have been tested without you even knowing it. Facebook is notorious for gathering your information and then letting the computer make the assessment for you. But let me remind you, the entire Internet gathers your data based on rhythms and that includes music.

In the official test there are ten inkblots, five are black, two are black and red, and the others are multicolored.  A psychologist administers the exam to you, and you look at the object and define what you see. 

I took some images of Marbles, made them monochromatic to look like the Rorschach Inkblot Test; you’ve heard people say, “They lost there marbles,” which refers to ones mind…

Look through the marbles and what do you see?