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Sunday, November 17, 2013

"An Indian, Pilgrim and a Rabbi..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen'

James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer living in Kapa'a with his
best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby ...

This blog  also appeared in The Kaua'i  Garden Island news on 11-18-13

An Indian, Pilgrim and a Rabbi

Thanksgiving is my favorite  holiday since it is not a religious holiday but an American holiday most the time.
This year is different and special for Jewish Americans, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of  Chanukah.

Many  including the national media are  calling it "Thanksgivukkah!" Here on Kaua'i I coined the phrase, "Happy Chanumahaloka." For those not familiar with the Hawai'ian language "Mahalo" means thanks, therefore the combination 'Chanu,'  'Mahalo' and 'Ka,' equals a greeting for a wonderful  thankful holiday! Many Jews on Kaua'i just say happy Chanukaua'i.

The Jews follow a lunar calendar. Since the lunar month is approximately 29.5 days, the Jewish month varies, some months are 29 days and some are thirty. This adds up to an average year of 354 days. The fact that the lunar year is eleven days less than the solar year is problematic. 

The convergence has only happened once before, in 1888, and won't be seen again until 2070 and again in 2165, according to calculations by Jonathan Mizrahi, a quantum physicist at the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. After that, the two holidays aren't set to overlap until 76,695.

The Jews and Indians  were both being religiously persecuted," "both celebrate overcoming a struggle ... and being thankful." Therefore this Thanksgiving will be the most special Thanksgiving.  It will be A day of Thanks and Matzo Balls.

Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas most years. Many non-Jews  think of this holiday as the Jewish Christmas, adopting many of the Christmas customs, such as elaborate gift-giving and lights.

Chanukah,is also know as the Festival of Lights, The orthodox spell  this holiday Chanukah, the reform spell it Hanukkah.  Either way is acceptable. The orthodox just like  the  "Ch" sound, it just sounds more Jewish that way.

Chanukah celebrates victory from the  Greeks led by the Maccabees in the year 167 B.C. Upon returning to the temple to rededicate the Menorah. The Maccabees found only one small flask of oil, enough to kindle the Menorah for one day. Miraculously, the flask of oil lasted endured eight days, hence the celebration lasts eight days. This is why Chanukah is referred to as the  the Festival of Lights. My mother always said, "the world has it wrong and that the Jews are the ones who should have their homes decorated with lights."

This year a deep fried turkey would be the appropriate way to merge two great holidays. Chanukah tradition is to eat deep fried food in memory of the  lanterns only having enough oil to burn one day,  but lasting eight days. The most traditional food  is a deep fried  potato pancake known as a latke, doughnuts are also popular.

There is also the custom  for the children to play with a  dreidel, a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. It is used during Chanukah to play  popular children's games. I am thinking of making a dreidel with illustrations of  an Indian, Pilgrim, a Rabbi and a fried turkey  in lieu of Hebrew letters. Meanwhile A 9-year-old boy from New York City invented the "Menurkey" a  turkey-shaped menorah.  

The most wonderfully fun thing about Thanksgiving happening on Chanukah according to comedian Rabbi's is that food has zero calories on this special American-Jewish Holiday.  Enjoy this untroubled tranquil day which comes but  once  in a lifetime, although it would be romantically utopian having Thanksgiving and Chanukah everyday. 

 I have a picture in my head of The pilgrims, Indians and Jews sitting by the menorah feasting on deep fried turkey and Matzo balls while drinking Mogan David wine wishing everyone L'chayim (to Life)

Happy Chanumahaloka, Happy Thanksgivukkah, Happy Chanukaua'i and instead of Amen, let us all say, "Oy vey!"

"As seen in the hard copied edition of the Kaua'i Garden Island news..."

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Linda Gross said...

Very cute!!! Enjoyed it'nn

Jean Bornell said...

You will kill them all, "DEEP FRIED TURKEY!"

Sheri Majewski said...

"impressive! congrats!"

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

I like!

KimoRosen said...

Mahalo Ms. Majewski. Hope your doing great!

Laurie Jean Gray Orszulak said...

what an awesome article -- John and I attended and were married at a Messianic church where we learned all the Jewish celebrations, their meanings and added them to our schedule.

Bettejo Dux said...

Oy vey right back at'cha.Sent a cute note to the discussion site. Loved the plug you got. I've got the flu. Drat. Slowly recovering. Don't dare risk a relapse. Nastynastynstuff.

Michael Herr said...

Ya know, at first that sounds like a joke "An Indian, a pilgrim and a rabbi walk into a bar." And now I'm thinking it might make a good chapter heading for my next book (with appropriate story to go with).

KimoRosen said...

Yes Mike, i was thinking it was a fun intro for a joke myself. Please use it! Mahalo Laurie, I too have participated in many messianic gatherings. Ironically, I find my Christian friends are more into Judaism than my Jewish friends. I actually coined the phrase; "Christians make the best Jews, and Jews make the best Christians." ;D) ...and Bettejo feel better!

Anonymous said...

I've fallen in love with the Forum. It just gets better and better. So Kauai. Isn't that what it's supposed to be?I think so.
Kimo's new column adds a whole new dimension. Humor at home. Such a relief. Hope you visit him at www.dakinetalk.blogspot.com. It's refreshing, fun and worth the read. Everyday.
Then we have generous helpful Glenn Mickens with his baseball essay. Really loved his feature.
Thank you Bill Buley. I think your new features are a wonderful addition to the paper. Once again, another dimension.We're all getting to know each other. So much homegrown talent.
"Oy vey and a very Happy Chanukaua'i back at'cha all."
Bettejo Dux

Anonymous said...

"Kimo FYI "Indians" are from the country of India and had nothing to do with Thanksgiving. American Native or Native American is the appropriate and PC way of referring to people of my heritage...."

Douglas Dunn said...

Loved this!

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Steven Eayrs said...

A native American friend once told me; " Its a good thing they didn't think they had discovered Turkey, or we would be called turkeys." lol.

KimoRosen said...

I actuallty had a comment in the paper, that Indians are from India, and the proper name is native Americans. I guess i haven out of circulation, native american it is!

Douglas Dunn said...

No Kimo, YOU ARE RIGHT, and the comment in the paper is out of line.

I have worked closely with several tribes here in Southern California.

At one time, the preferred term was "Native American." Today, among the descendants of the indigenous natives, the preferred term is "American Indians."

Steven Eayrs said...

well.. the ones I hang out with prefer "native American" or "First nations".

KimoRosen said...

Doug, can you add that comment to the comments in paper? Either way thanks!
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Phil Paquette said...

Via Chabad's Facebook page,"eply

Phil Paquette "I understand that the Pilgrims originally celebrated Thanksgiving in October close to Sukkot for several days. I also understand that a similar holiday called Harvest Home was celebrated in England. Examining history might turn up some unexpected nuggets. May your Chanurkey be succulent!" Shalom!

Douglas Dunn said...

I have submitted my comment, edited to be appropriate to the original comment.

KimoRosen said...

Doug, I really appreciate it! Mahalo Nui! They have a new managing editor and hopefully he will post it within the day!

Judith Whitehead said...

great article...

Rick Comstock said...

I walk with Steven....never heard American Indian by anyone, sounds just as bad as American Islander.....neither is correct.

Pete Antonson said...

Kimo, your's was a nostalgic, historical reference and therefore quite correct. The "PC way" your critic refers to needs to stay in high school where being snooty and passive aggressive actually elevates your social standing!

KimoRosen said...

Right on Pete!

Judith Whitehead said...


Renee Harden said...

"Your story was a joy to read...I was blessed to live in a time where in public schools would acknowledge the stories of all relious holidays...(granted, in the 50-60's, we had a smaller gruop of celebration (granted we didn't have the cross-section in life back in the 50-60's."

Deborah Morel said...

Ahhh, it's a photo of ObamaGirl when she was a baby!

KimoRosen said...

ObamaGirl is still my baby! ;D)

Renee Harden said...

Blessings on your thanksgivingkah...(g) with Aloha from Texas.

KimoRosen said...

Mahalo Renee

Karen Janik said...

Happy Chanukah and a very Blessed Thanksgiving to you and Little Obama! Love you both.

KimoRosen said...

Thanks Karen and Happy Thanksgivekkah back to you!
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Judith Whitehead said...

Happy,healthy thanksgiving and chanukah

Sam Rose said...

James, very cool article! I love getting a yearly guilt-free (SO important for Jews;) pass on fried foods we normally avoid for health reasons. We usually do latkes of course but also deep fried halibut, home fried chicken, doughnuts (natch) & even fried bread! Happy Chanumahalokah!

Sam Rose said...

Still waiting to hear that joke about the Indian, the Pilgrim & the rabbi. Do they walk into a bar.

KimoRosen said...

I have a picture in my head of the pilgrims, Indians and Jews sitting by the menorah feasting on deep fried turkey and matzo balls while drinking Mogan David wine wishing everyone L’chayim (to Life). L'cjayim my firend!