And I’ll light a candle in unison for a Happy Hanukah though, in truth, The Scary One and Daddy’s Little Girl have the place looking like a Meatloaf video already.
Hanukah’s status has grown in modern times.
Mainly in North America as part of a better recognition of other cultures and religious observances in December.
So it’s commonplace now, and rightly so, to wish your Jewish friends Happy Hanukah.
Which, in fact, Matisyahu does more tunefully than I ever could, even if I were swollen with sweetened Israeli wine.
Matisyahu’s song touches all the right points, to be fair, King David, Maccabee, Mount Zion, and, of course, candles.
Matisyahu means ‘gift of God’ .
He has, as you might expect from one who terms himself thus, a confidence about himself.
Matthew Miller is actually a Pennsylvanian who is a foremost proponent of Jewish rock, Jewish hip hop and fusion reggae.
We all have our images of Judaism.
And, in truth other than my own home address the place names in The Promised Land’ from the Bible were the most familiar of my childhood.
The Jewish story I learned in my early years has infused a lifelong interest in the Chosen People.
Alas that has mostly meant visiting Holocaust markers, Dachau concentration camp on a booze bus trip to Oktoberfest in Munich.
In every city around the world, as much as the Irish or the Scots, or more, there has been a Jewish diaspora.
But it is to modern-day Israel that I am drawn most.
When Russian Orthodox pilgrims doused themselves in the River Jordan from the Israeli side just 50n from us in Jordan.
I’ll make it over one day, and hopefully soon, but in the meantime give Happy Hanukah an oul’ lesson.
It’ll make a change from Marish Carey and The Pogues.