Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and I wanted to give a shout out to all my Jewish friends and family! I found The LeeVees a couple years back because their lead singer is also in Guster, one of my favorite bands. I love their album ‘Hanukkah Rocks’ because there isn’t a lot of Hanukkah centric music out there and it doesn’t get very much play on the air waves. I highly recommend The LeeVee’s album, no matter what you celebrate (and even if you don’t celebrate anything). The album includes awesome tracks like – ‘Latke Clan’, ‘Jewish Girls (At The Matzoh Ball), and ‘Gelt Melts’. It’s catchy and hilarious. It centers around food and fun, not so much the religious aspect of it, making it more attractive to me. It’s remarkably clever and I hope you gain a new appreciation for the Festival of Lights.
For reference – Kugel is this noodle casserole that is sweet, and is kind of bread pudding-y, but because it has the noodles it’s different. I can’t quite describe it, but it’s delicious and I love it. If you don’t know much about Hanukkah, do some research. It has a wonderful story and great traditions. I won’t go into it, besides the food, because I’m here for the music, not the religious side.
Full disclosure, I am not Jewish. My sister’s DNA test, and therefore mine, came back 0.4% Ashkenazi Jewish. (It was one of those exciting surprise DNA results that end up on the commercials). At one point, as a young adult, I thought maybe? I could be Jewish? (Love, man, it’s weird, eye roll….) I did develop a deep respect and admiration for some of the traditions and sense of community. But, let’s face it, I especially like their holiday food: latkes, kugel, challah, brisket, and doughnuts. My mouth is watering at typing out all this food.
No matter your beliefs this holiday season, if you’re in darkness, I hope you find a bright light to shine your way out of it. It may take more than 8 days, but be patient and positive and by this time next year, I hope your life is a glow. If your life is already bright, I hope you are able to find ways to make it brighter and share it with all.
While you’re working on your light, go enjoy some kugel!
PS – I wanted to draw a picture of Kugel for this card, but it really wasn’t the coolest looking picture and would not have done it justice. If you haven’t had kugel, it might have made you reconsider.