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Happy Hanukkah to all eligible Ranchers.
Ineligible Ranchers still can post greetings.


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Map: Happy Hanukkah to all eligible Ranchers
I think Ernest Friedman-Hill is most eligible. His mastery of Yiddish makes him Moses in my eyes.
I am kinda half-eligible. On my mother's side, I am a descendent of those who wondered in the desert, and on my father's side, I am a goy. So I am looking into Hinduism to resolve the conflict.
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Eugene: I think Ernest Friedman-Hill is most eligible.
"Most" or not, but that's how I learnt when Hanukkah is anyway.
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Interesting. So far only members of our JR Slavic Union showed interest to this thread...
Does anybody have some good music?
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Apparently eligible Ranchers are not allowed to click/push buttons on Friday.
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Map: Does anybody have some good music?
"Avinu Malkeinu" by Barbara Streisand, -- very nice.
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Happy Hanukah.
I read that it falls between Nov. and Dec.


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Originally posted by Jason Menard:
Happy Hanukkah!

Same to you
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Happy Hannukah.
While wondering what it was, I found this poem by Melinda Bell
Based on a classic poem by Clement C. Moore the poem adequately throws some light. .
The Night Before Hannukah
Twas the first night of Hannukah and all through the house
Pleasure was spreading, as quick as a mouse.
The children played dreidle and ate with such glee,
Oh latkes, and donuts, a pleasure to see!
The menorah was placed by the window with care
So all who came by could see it from there.
We sang lots of songs, and told lots of stories,
About the Maccabees and all of their glories.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutter and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eye should appear,
But a vision of Judah the Maccabee there!
As he walked from the hill, he was so proud to say
That the war had been won, we were all free to stay!
The Greeks were defeated and so it was sure
The Israelites could stay in their homeland so pure.
He wanted to go to the temple to pray,
But I needed to warn of a hitch on the way.
The temple was ruined by some in the war,
It was dark, and I worried we'd be lost for sure.
As we travelled to Jerusalem on some mighty trail,
Judah assured me that we would not fail.
The night was dark,as I feared it would be,
Hey we were travelling through the 2nd Century B.C.E.
But far, far above us, we saw a bright light
Coming from the window of the temple that night.
Those that had gathered there were quick to say
There was just enough oil to last only one day.
They worried as news of the victory spread,
Others would be lost, or left asleep in their bed.
Those that came after would not get to see
The lamp which told of our victory.
The faithful were sure that all would be right
And that one cruse of oil would last us eight nights.
As the eight nights befell us, it soon became clear
The lamp would stay lit -- darkness was nothing to fear.
So now to this day, each year we celebrate
The Festival of Lights for eight nights on this date.
And so as you enjoy the great gift of light,
Happy Hannukah to all, and to all a good night.
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Ravish: I read that it falls between Nov. and Dec.
It has different dates each year. You probably read some old Internet page.
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EK: "Avinu Malkeinu" by Barbara Streisand, -- very nice.
This is a good one. But it's too sophisticated for me. My tastes are primitive, I prefer something volk and Ashkenazi.
Do you remember Tumbalalaika? I bet, it was the most popular Jewish song in the whole Soviet Union. Even my anti-Semitic parents had it on their tape-recorder among other semi-prohibited stuff. I didn't go to school yet, but I knew you wouldn't hear this stuff on the radio. I had no idea what it is about and only hoped sometimes I would figure it out (I remember that!) and guess what? One simple search on the Internet and you have it:
Schtejt a Bocher, schtejt un tracht
tracht un tracht a ganze Nacht
wemen zu nejmen un nit varschejmen
wemen zu nejmen un nit varschejmen.

The only thing I got is "a ganze Nacht" -- "whole night", hey, I studied some German in school. "tracht" I mistaken for "fragt" or something, which is "to ask". "wemen zu nejmen" - no idea, but "un nit varschejmen" is "and doesn't understand" -- "und nicht ferstein" -- I could misspell German words, but I remember how it sounds.
"Schtejt a Bocher" - "Schtejt" I got as "stand" and "Bocher" as "brother", which is stupid, of course.
Mejdl, Mejdl 'ch well baj dir fregn,
wos kon waksn, waksn on Rejgn?
Wos kon brennen, un nit ojfheren?
Wos kon benken, wejnen on Trenen?"


But "Wos kon.." sounds like "Wus ken"! Why is it spelled another way?
Narrischer Bocher, was derfstu fregen:
A Schtejn kon waksn, waksn on Rejgn!
Libe kon brennen un nit ojfheren!
A Harts kon benken, wejnen on Trenen!"

To confess, I heard a translation many years later, but I cannot locate any known word.
I hope I didn't hijack this thread too much.
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Here is a poetic (not literal translation) by by Teddi Schwartz and Arthur Kevess:

Hear my tale of a certain young man
Stayed up all night til he thought of a plan
He wanted a girl who would be his delight
A girl who was pretty, witty and bright
Tumbala, tumbala, tumbalalaika etc.
Tell me, my pretty one, tell if you know
What needs no rain and yet it can grow
Tell what can blossom, bloom thru the years
Tell what can yearn, cry without tears
O foolish boy, now surely you know
A stone needs no rain and yet it can grow
True love can blossom, bloom thru the years
And a heart when it yearns, cries without tears.
 
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