What is Hannukah? The answer is not so simple anymore, for like many things in this day and age, Hanukkah has adopted many meanings that tend to shroud its true essence. For some, Hanukah is a time to flock to the superstores hoping to grab the last mini-ipod before other undeserving shoppers get to it first.
For others, it’s a jolly time to let our clothes be permanently permeated with the hypnotic scent of frying potatoes from the kitchen. Most every Jew in America can view Hanukkah as part of a dandy mix in the Holiday Season — a lovely little term that personifies the good-spirited feeling this time of year.
The holidays — Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and let’s not forget Chinese New Year — are all rolled into one spicy, eggnogroll-flavored latke. In the United States, the wonderful diversity at times may give way to a loss of identity. Each holiday madly mashes into a Boy Scout goulash, losing any of its original distinct flavor.
So as Jewish Americans, or American Jews, we must ask ourselves: what have we lost, what have we gained, and what will bring our friendly mysterious friend, Rod Serling to appear from behind the curtain to caution us? For we are about to enter, the Delicate Equilibrium Zone. More