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December 08, 2004

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One year we went to High Holy Day services at Chabad down here. The women all cornered me and asked me where I lived, how many children I had, was I married. I felt like I was being swarmed by Stepford wives. But they were all very nice. I've read a lot about the Chabadniks. Very interesting folks. Not for me. There was an article in the LA Times last Sunday about the big menorah lightings - even Ahnold attends the one in Sacramento.

I hear she makes a great kishka

I'm doomed, doomed I tell you.

"You didn't know this? You didn't realize our ancient ancestors gathered in big-box retailers and then paraded in SUVs the size of small planetoids?"

Question from a Gentile - when the Maccabees were fighting for their freedom, were their gas-guzzling Hummers able to drive for eight days without having to fill up the tank? :)

Well, you got this Gentile researching. I didn't know about the wig thing, and I didn't know about the Hummer parades. However, I was able to confirm both practices via the web (lesson: never doubt the Empress again!). This is not the first year that this parade has happened - see http://www.shmais.net/archivenewsdetail.cfm?ID=8002

FIRE TRUCK & 18 HUMMERS IN EXOTIC CHANUKAH PARADE
9:52:PM Saturday, Dec 07, 2002

A fire truck topped with a lit 6 foot menorah led an unusual procession of vehicles on Thursday evening. Eighteen hummers with menorahs mounted on them followed, bringing the message of Chanukah to the Inland Empire in California.

The parade made its way through the cities of Upland, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Alta Loma. Police on motorcycle escorted. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., during the peak of commuter traffic, the Chanukah parade was met with honks of approval and waves of passerbys.

The event was organized by Rabbi Sholom Harlig, director of Chabad of the Inland Empire with the assistance of bochurim Yitzchok Bendet, Yitchok Feldman, and many community volunteers.

Both the local newspaper and L.A. times covered the story.

Michelle: Yeah, y'know, I really don't know what to make of them. I guess I'll go to that dinner and see.

Gooch: Cool. I've no idea what a kishka is, but maybe I'll find out.

Plosh: No dear, we're saved, saved I tell you.

OE: See, even in those days we weren't smart enough to grab any real estate with an oil well on it. So yes, we'd have needed a miracle to make those things run.

Note that I referred to myself, not you and/or Seth.

Anne: You need to avoid that kishka AT ALL COSTS!
Have you ever heard of "mutual annihilation"?

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