Here's wishing all of my Jewish readers a happy Hanukah. A couple of weeks ago, before leaving for a week's Thanksgiving vacation, I had to clean out the perishable items from refrigerator and cupboard. Having a half-full bag of potatoes, I decided the most expedient way to get rid of them was to shred them in my food processor and make hash browns... now, two weeks later, I can totally get in the mood to make some latkes- the mixture of potatoes and onion fried in a lot of oil just works, and I'm not even Jewish, man.
I'm on the record saying that I like to celbrate EVERYBODY's holidays- Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah... I love them all, the one's I was raised celebrating and the one's I've adopted. Growing up, we'd often double up on holidays with friends and neighbors- Passover at their place, Easter at ours. In this era of polarization and ethnic-based bigotry, sharing our joyful occasions with each other is more important than ever. Hanukkah, like Diwali, is often referred to as the 'Festival of Lights', and we need light more than ever these days.