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Maccabeats Miracle

Light ’em up, folks, it’s a g-ddam “Miracle”, more Hanukkah harmonies from the Maccabeats and for their Miracle Match Bone Marrow Foundation fundraiser:

Need more Maccabeats? So did Adolf:

HV129- HanukkahChristmashup

Jesus and Mary with red paint, sculptural relief on a Jerusalem building, photo by Jake WargaHearing Voices from NPR®
129 HanukkahChristmashup: Season’s Greets and Beats
Host: Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices
Airs week of: 2011-12-21

“HanukkahChristmashup” (52:00 mp3):

Mixes and mashes and seasonal samples, and song stories:

“Christmas Eve In Afghanistan, Again” (2010 / 3:30) Quil Lawrence

NPR talks to troops in a U.S. military hospital at Bagram Air Base, outside of Kabul. Quil Lawrence interviewed Sergeant Wallace Trahan, Sergeant Aaron Kelly, Sergeant Zachary Scoskie, and Colonel Diane Huey. Mix: Jim Wildman. Music: W.G. Snuffy Walden “The First Noel” Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection.

“Please Be Patient” (2009 / 2:23) Feist
The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
A Colbert Christmas: Feist Sings
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
“Christmas Greeting From Space” (1968 ) Astronaut Frank Borman

From the Apollo 8 capsule, December 24, 1968.


Chappy Chanukah

HV brings you a belated helping of Hanukkah cheer in this new
Maccabeats single, “Candlelight”:

Shavuot’s Crushed Heads

Attended the 2nd day of Shavuot ceremonies yesterday. Major Talmudic Mojo: anniversary of Commandments10.0, Jewish people becoming nation, etc.

Especially loved the Yizkor prayer. Gotta love a G-d who, after a hard day of spilling blood and crushing heads “over a vast area,” carves out some personal me-time to sip from the stream…

Let there be known among the nations, before our eyes, the retribution of the spilled blood of Your servants. And it is said: For the Avenger of bloodshed is mindful of them; He does not forget the cry of the downtrodden. Further it is said: He will render judgment upon the nations, and they will be filled with corpses; He will crush heads over a vast area. He will drink from the stream on the way; therefore Israel will hold its head high.

Yizkor in Hebrew

Montana Mitzvah

Officer and dog on Capitol stepsThe NYTImes caught this canine-capitol-Chanukah connection: “Montana Rabbi Lends an Ear to an Officer and His Dog“. The article commences with this misleading lede:

In Montana, a rabbi is an unusual sight. So when a Hasidic one walked into the State Capitol last December, with his long beard, black hat and long black coat, a police officer grabbed his bomb-sniffing German shepherd and went to ask the exotic visitor a few questions.

via Kalish.

5770 Years New

The New Year starts tonight at sunset — Jewish days begin at sundown. Welcome to 5770, the first day of Tishri: Rosh Hashanah. So knock off work, sound the shofar, shuffle off to shul, and wish all: L’shanah tovah (“for a good year”; candle lighting times for your area).

Rosh Hashanah is “the day of judgment” (Yom ha-Din) and “the day of remembrance” (Yom ha-Zikkaron). And, ‘course, according to Kabbalah, the year 5770 will affect the rectification of the Sefirot of Keter of Hod of Hod of Yesod — but you know that, right?

So get ready, folks, cuz in 10 days we got us a Yom Kippur coming, the Day of Atonement, and the big guy’s gonna do some writin’ in the book, signed, “sealed”, delivered.

Hebrew characters
y’hi ratzon mil’fanekha Adonai eloheinu vei’lohei avoteinu
May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors
Hebrew characters
sh’t’chadeish aleinu shanah tovah um’tukah.
that you renew for us a good and sweet year.

President Obama: Warm Wishes for Rosh Hashana

And some equal-time for our fellow Semitic friends:

President Obama: Ramadan Message